Theater

Hay Fever

When: Feb. 18-27 2010

While watching Noël Coward’s Hay Fever, it’s best to keep in mind that the only meaningful line comes somewhere in Act II when Sorrel, a bratty young bohemian, announces, “We don’t, any of us, ever mean anything.”

Coward’s wicked comedy of manners tells the story of the Bliss family whose members have all invited their romantic interests to come and stay for the weekend. When their potential paramours arrive, the mean, head-game-loving family begins an unusual courtship ritual that leaves the unsuspecting guests with no choice but to run for their lives. It’s quite possible that the revelers from Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show take their cues from Coward’s Bliss family, which at times appears to be from another (sexually dysfunctional) planet. — Chris Davis

Chris Davis

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