Hay Fever

Hay Fever

Hay Fever

Oh, Coward!

June 2-June 25, 2017
SUBSCRIBERS: SAVE THE DATE: OPEN REHEARSAL WEDNESDAY, MAY 24

Running Time:  2 hours 10 minutes, including two 10 minute intermissions
Curtain Times: Thursday-Saturday Evenings 7:30 pm, Saturday Matinee 3:00 pm, Sunday Matinee 2:00 pm

Bring your love of laughter to the theatre, and Noel Coward will do the rest. The Bliss family has invited unsuspecting friends for a weekend of pure pandemonium at their posh country estate. Written in three days and based on the weekend parties of one of his acquaintances, Hay Fever is the inspired result of Mr. Coward’s comic genius. His gift to audiences is this timeless comedy of bad manners starring one of the most delightfully eccentric and poorly behaved families in the history of theatre.

Directed by Gordon McCall

The Cast

  • Judith Bliss ... Josephine Hogan*
  • David Bliss ... David Oliver
  • Sorel Bliss ... Marisa Caruso
  • Simon Bliss ... Jordan Levin
  • Myra Arundel ... Hillary Walker
  • Richard Greatham ... David Lundy
  • Jackie Coryton ... Melissa Levin
  • Sandy Tyrell ... Jacob Albarella
  • Clara ... Andrea Gollhardt

* Member, Actors' Equity Association

Hay Fever News & Reviews…

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    There are few things more powerful than memories of childhood Christmases, partly because of the magic and anticipation, and partly because of the traditions and familiarity … Into that “wool-white bell-tongued ball of holidays,” (Dylan) Thomas wrote, “I plunge my hands in the snow and bring out whatever I can …
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  • Young Professionals – Save the Date – Thursday, November 21, 4:30-6:30PM

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  • Learn more about ICTC’s Ireland Tour Thursday, December 12, 11AM!

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  • Join us Saturday, October 12 at 2PM for a FREE Pre-Show Talk.

    ICTC’s production of ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore is sparking plenty of discussion. Join the conversation! WHEN & WHERE: Saturday, October 12 at 2PM just steps from ICTC at the Market Arcade, 617 Main Street, Buffalo, NY (just prior to the 3PM performance of ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore by …
  • Join us Sunday, September 29 at 1PM for a FREE Pre-Show Talk.

    ICTC’s production of ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore is sparking plenty of discussion. Join the conversation! WHEN & WHERE: Sunday, September 29 at 1PM at the Irish Classical Theatre Company’s Andrews Theatre, 625 Main Street, Buffalo, NY (just prior to the 2PM performance of ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore by …
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