Hay Fever

I have drafted this post several times, and it keeps disappearing! Does this mean that you are not allowed to voice negative opinions of Noel Coward?

I am too annoyed to redraft a lll my earlier thoughts, so her is the summary. The plays are old and tired. They may seem less funny now because they are close to a hundred years old now, compared to the fifty years old they were when I first saw them. Hay Fever was written in 1929 : I probably saw if for the first tie in 1975. the characters are less believable now and the issues, such as they are, are less important.

Beautiful setting and great performances. But the play is tired.


About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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One Response to Hay Fever

  1. keithhpotter says:

    This is not an issues play, it’s just a character study of the self-absorbed family. I don’t see that ages it particularly.
    My issues are with the production.
    The weird fake English accents were distracting and unnecessary. There is no reason a North American accent cannot be used (I believe the family it is based on was American).
    Also, if you are going to do physical comedy, you have to do it right. The faulty step on the staircase joke would have been a lot funnier if they did it at the same step each time. (Of course, the fact that I was counting each time says something about my involvement in the production.)
    Basically unmemorable. Ah well, you can’t win ’em all.

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