Hay Fever | Circle Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 24 2008
Phone: 708-771-0700
Price: $20-$26
It would be easy to play Noel Coward’s 1924 comedy, about a spoiled family of eccentrics, strictly for laughs. But that would be selling it short. Because beneath Coward’s brittle wit are buried myriad brilliant observations about the narcissistic jazz age—all of which come out in Jim Schneider’s smart, pitch-perfect production. Judith Hoppe seems truly insane as the self-absorbed matriarch at the center of the story. The whole production unfolds with a grace and intelligence that releases all the latent power in Coward’s deceptively glib work. (JHe)

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