Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club. Because No News is Bad News.

Family Affair 

Great Lakes Theater Festival celebrates bad manners.

The Great Lakes Theater Festival’s Hay Fever sounds like something from a reality show: Mom’s a drama queen, Dad’s a jackass, and their kids are way out of control. Amazingly, the stinging comedy was written in 1925 by Noel Coward. “It’s about the shift of values,” says director Charles Fee.

Hay Fever revolves around a high-maintenance retired actress, who invites a young male fan to her family’s house for the weekend. Meanwhile, her self-absorbed novelist husband and two kids ask their own pals to drop by. Before you know it, “Everybody gets into an argument, and the guests tiptoe out the door,” says Fee. “It’s an awful thing when you are experiencing it. But it’s tremendously entertaining.”

Fee says he didn’t have to look far for inspiration. “I grew up in a family with peculiarities,” he says. “We didn’t fit in. And we all got into the arts.”
Wednesdays-Fridays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 1:30 & 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Starts: March 16. Continues through April 21

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Cleveland Scene works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Cleveland and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Cleveland's true free press free.

Speaking of Highlights

More by Marge Perko

Read the Digital Print Issue

October 21, 2020

View more issues

Most Popular

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.