If there ever were such a thing as a truly symmetrical play, Noel Coward discovered it back in 1925 when he wrote the whimsical but witty comedy "Hay Fever."
This hastily written (Coward penned it in three days) satire — inspired by some of the playwright's friends at the time — has aged gracefully, and is revived periodically by community theater groups. Its latest incarnation is on view at the Westminster Community Theatre.
The central characters are a free-spirited family of four — a "retired" but still quite theatrical actress, her intellectual novelist husband and their semi-bohemian grown son and daughter — each of whom easily could invite a guest for the weekend without telling the other three.
This, of course, is exactly what happens, and the first act is spent chuckling at the visitors' discomfort with the situation. Then in the second act, the eight get together for a highly unsuccessful word game before pairing off for a round of romantic mixed doubles.