Hay Fever' latest Coward production
Actors have an affinity for plays about other actors, and director John Going seems to have his own affinity for the plays of Noel Coward. Both these strains come together at Olney Theatre Center, where Coward's "Hay Fever" opens tomorrow under Going's direction.
Inspired by the late great actress Laurette Taylor, "Hay Fever" takes place over a wild summer weekend at the country home of former stage diva Judith Bliss, played at Olney by Patricia Hodges. Ross Bickell portrays her husband, and Tricia McCauley and Jerry Richardson are their children.
Director Going's previous Coward productions at Olney include "Present Laughter" and "Design for Living."
Show times at Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, are 8 p.m. Wednesdays to Saturdays, 7: 30 p.m. Tuesdays and Sundays, with matinees at 2 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and June 29, through July 1. Tickets are $15-$32. Call 301-924-3400.