The Great Lakes Theater Festivals Hay Fever sounds like something from a reality show: Moms a drama queen, Dads a jackass, and their kids are way out of control. Amazingly, the stinging comedy was written in 1925 by Noel Coward. Its about the shift of values, says director Charles Fee.
Hay Fever revolves around a high-maintenance retired actress, who invites a young male fan to her familys house for the weekend. Meanwhile, her self-absorbed novelist husband and two kids ask their own pals to drop by. Before you know it, Everybody gets into an argument, and the guests tiptoe out the door, says Fee. Its an awful thing when you are experiencing it. But its tremendously entertaining.
Fee says he didnt have to look far for inspiration. I grew up in a family with peculiarities, he says. We didnt fit in. And we all got into the arts.
Wednesdays-Fridays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 1:30 & 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Starts: March 16. Continues through April 21