Bad manners and family dysfunction take center stage at CSUSB

     

A weekend in the life of the eccentrically winsome Bliss family carries the Cal State San Bernardino theatre season of “Rebellion, Revelry and Rock ‘n’ Roll” into 2013 as the university presents Noël Coward’s comedy, “Hay Fever,” opening Friday, March 8.

Directed by CSUSB theatre arts professor Tom Provenzano, “Hay Fever” features CSUSB theatre arts students in the production’s lead roles.

Retired legendary actress Judith Bliss (played by CSUSB student Shannon Galuszka) has just invited a flirtatious friend to spend the weekend at her quaint country estate. Unfortunately, so has her novelist husband David (Jesse Cowser), her son Simon (Ian Wagstaff) and her daughter Sorel (Lisa Parker).

Coward’s witty and precise comedy follows the antics of the Bliss family, as they entertain their guests, carry on their affairs, play bizarre parlor games, and make an attempt to eat a single meal without fighting.  Couples switch partners, amateur theatre gets butchered, and relationships go awry. But as the dust of the chaos settles, who will end up with whom? Will love prevail over absurdity? And is anyone ever going to serve the tea?

“Hay Fever” runs March 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m., and March 10 and 17 at 2 p.m. The show takes place in the Ronald E. Barnes Theatre, located in the CSUSB Performing Arts Building. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for senior citizens, military, and non-CSUSB students, and $6 for CSUSB students (with valid ID).

For tickets and information, call (909) 537-5884 or visit theatre.csusb.edu.