Monday, July 28, 2008

Noel Coward's "Hay Fever" in Forest Park

I am engaging in some free advertising for a brilliant production of Noel Coward's play "Hay Fever" which I saw this weekend. Circle Theatre operates out of a tiny playhouse in Forest Park yet they put on a performance which seemed perfect in its casting, direction, costumes and stage design. One might think that a play from 1924, especially this one with all its references to 'flapper' culture, was all about "period charm." But actually Coward's plays endure out of their portrayal of human nature, as timeless as Shakespeare's. The period details of Circle's production simply put Coward's words into a context that made it believable and realistic. Go see it if you can; it's playing through August 24.

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