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The Scene was our Illinois arts & culture podcast through 2017. Rachel Otwell curated the podcast which provided full-length stories and follow-ups, links to other reports, and conversations with you.This podcast contained a range of stories from the world of arts & culture, from visual art to Springfield's DIY music scene, to profiles of interesting local characters. The podcast was about what makes artists tick, and the diverse culture that exists within our community.

'Hay Fever' Brings 1920s Debauchery & Comedy To Town

James Daniels

A local crew of actors has banded together to bring a decade back to life that has seen much popularity. The 1920s with its glitzy flappers, big band jazz and swing, and of course, the booze -- is not a decade hard to make glamorous. With shows like Downton Abbey, even the more mundane aspects of life, like working as a servant - have become something that draws people in.

Hay Fever was written in 1924 by Noel Coward. It has a cast of couples who are prone to arguing and seducing new romantic conquests... Aasne Vigesaa and James Daniels joined us for this chat about it.

Hay Fever opens Friday the 8th and runs through Sunday, then again the weekend after. Friday and Saturday night shows are at 7pm. Sunday shows are at 4pm. The production will be performed at the Hoogland Center for the Arts in the Club Room. Seating is limited, and those who wish to attend are encouraged to buy tickets ahead of time in case they sell out. For tickets, click here.

Rachel Otwell of the Illinois Times is a former NPR Illinois reporter.
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