'No one in modern English comedy boasts a more seductively comic or escapist approach to life than the self-absorbed family in Noel Coward's Hay Fever... Coward celebrates the value, enchantment and absurdity of escaping from life into theatrics.' Nicholas de Jongh, Evening Standard, 17.4.09 'Coward's Hay Fever, like the allergy, is always with us.' Michael Billington, Guardian, 17.4.09 'Hay Fever...was written in a spirit as fresh and cutting as new-mown lawn. It's an affectionate and arch portrait of Berkshire bohemians behaving badly. Politeness and Restraint are not this play's middle names.' Dominic Cavendish, Daily Telegraph, 17.4.09 'Coward's paradoxical plot hilariously exposes the guests good manners as a mask for hiprocrisy and the artifices of the family as the true expression of sincerely genuine natures.' Clare Brennan, Observer, 27.06.10 'This hectically Bohemian family, "artificial to the point of lunacy" in the memorable words of one of their hapless house guests, is among Noel Coward's strongest creations and has enjoyed star-studded outings since its 1925 debut.' Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard (London), 29.9.10 'This comedy of bad manners, in which a family of insufferably self-regarding bohemians treat their more conventional guests with abominable rudeness at a weekend house party' Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph, 29.9.10 'There is a splendid clipped precision about Coward's dialogue, and the constant realisation that the characters are actually thinking very different things from the banal platitudes they actually utter.' Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph, 29.9.10 'It's a beautifully constructed play' Jeremy Kingston, The Times, 30.9.10 It was 'written by the playwright over a single weekend in 1921. It proved a highly profitable weekend for Coward' Lyn Gardner, Guardian, 1.10.10
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About the Author
Noel Coward is considered one of England's most celebrated playwrights. The author of "Blithe Spirit," "Hay Fever," "Fallen Angels," "Present Laughter," "Private Lives," (all available from LA Theatre Works) and many other popular plays, 1999 marks the centennial of Coward's birth.
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