STC’s Hay Fever is merry, sharp, features a bathtub (AussieTheatre)

2s4a3322-2_no-cigarette-350x197Imara Savage knows her way around a comedy. In her hands Hay Fever, the Noel Coward classic currently holding court at Sydney Opera House’s Drama Theatre, feels surprisingly, merrily, sharp.

Heather Mitchell is Judith Bliss, a mostly-retired veteran of the theatre who carries herself as though the whole world really is a stage. Her new life in the country seems slow-going and far too devoid of the spotlight, but things get interesting again when, in farcical manner, it turns out each family member has invited a guest to stay over. Where will they put them?! How will entertaining be managed?! Will Clara, the maid (an indulgently broad performance by Genevieve Lemon) ever know which guest should sleep in the Japanese room? … READ MORE

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