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What is the Story of Harvey?
Mary Chase’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play is the story of Elwood P. Dowd, a polite and friendly man with a very strange best friend—a six-foot, three-and-one-half-inch invisible rabbit named Harvey. Elwood’s sister Veta is concerned the rabbit will interfere with her life as a socialite, so she tries to have Elwood committed at the local sanatorium. Veta is so hysterical when she explains her brother’s condition that she is committed instead. Elwood leaves the sanatorium grounds unbothered, turning the town upside down as everyone goes on the lookout for this mind-mannered hero and his invisible rabbit.
In an effortless and charming performance, Parsons is wonderful as Elwood P. Dowd, the happy-go-lucky, very caring barfly whose best friend is Harvey—a 6-foot tall rabbit that only he can see.Review by Matt Windman from AM New York
…In Scott Ellis’ superbly cast revival for Roundabout Theatre Company, the gentle farce provides an ideal vehicle for the gifted Jim Parsons.Review by Hollywood Reporter from David Rooney
What Is Harvey Like?
Set in 1944 in Denver, Colorado, Harvey is a lighthearted comedy featuring a mischievous invisible rabbit who frolics around the stage throughout the evening. Doors open on their own accord, book pages flip and curtains open by themselves in this whimsical production. Emmy winner Jim Parsons is charismatic as Elwood, a magnetic man who keeps the whole town smiling—except his fretting sister Veta (played by Jessica Hecht). The play’s setting alternates between Elwood and Veta’s majestic home and the sterile reception room at the sanatorium, Chumley’s Rest. An animated cast of ensemble characters adds excitement, drama and humor to the production.
Is Harvey Good For Kids?
Harvey is a fun play for the entire family, although young children might be bored by the production’s longer monologues. Preteens and teens (especially fans of Parsons' performance on TV’s The Big Bang Theory) will get a kick out of seeing Harvey onstage.