HARVEY – The Perfect Gentleman With A Little InsanityPosted by: LetsPlay | Posted on: June 7, 2017
The Perfect Gentleman
Hilariously, Funny With A Touch of Insanity!
Kids have the craziest imagination and one of the most bizarre is that of an imaginary friend. Most parents have no idea how to handle the situation when their little darlings come up to them and asked if Peter can have some ice cream too or when their child tells them that they are playing with Betsy. Fearing that something might be troubling them they seek professional help; but according to Developmental Psychologist Marjorie Taylor and her colleagues in the field of imagination research, having an imaginary companion can be a sign of a healthy mind. But what happens when that child becomes a man and the syndrome of an imaginary friend that talks and interacts with them on a regular basis seems to be a part of a midlife crisis. Well, don’t be troubled, it’s only Harvey.
Who and what is Harvey? No worries we will answer that in a minute but for now…
What do you get when you put a Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy written by Mary Chase and a Director by the name of Devon de Mayo who’s ready to make you laugh together? A great collaborated play full of merriment called “Harvey.” Harvey is a 1944 play that was adapted for film and television, most notably in 1950 when James Stewart reintroduce this hilarious story to the world.
For those not familiar with this classic comedy, it is a story about a perfect gentleman named Elwood P. Dowd and his best friend, Harvey — a pooka, (Irish myth and legend of an imaginary friend that is an animal) who is a six-foot-tall, invisible rabbit. Elwood wanted everyone to know and meet his friend much to the dismay of his sister and her daughter. If you had the pleasure of meeting Elwood, he would always have a business card handy with a telephone number, but listen carefully because you may miss his reason as to why there are so many numbers listed. After dealing with the embarrassment, his sister and her daughter plot to have Elwood committed to a sanitarium, but just like the cereal “Lucky Charms,” Elwood is magically delicious in his ability to evade their efforts.
“Harvey is a joyous, fun night of theater that you need to hop to see!”
Director Devon de Mayo had a few things in mind when she decided to direct this classic comedy which included joy, laughter, human kindness and a twist of insaneness coupled with pure enjoyment. Her goal was to hear laughter throughout the audience and she delivered.
Harvey allows the audience to see the world from an exceptional perspective where one can let go and experience how having an imaginary friend can be quite intriguing and enduring. Unfortunately for Elwood, everybody doesn’t see things the same way, especially when an imaginary friend can be quite disturbing and crazy to family members who have to endure this type of bizarre friendship from a grown man.
“Timothy Edward Kane is the new standard for Elwood P. Dowd.”
I would not be overstating that Timothy Edward Kane played the unconventional mild manner Elwood P. Dowd to perfection. He did an exceptional job capturing our attention with his charm and his persuasive behavior on the existence of his imaginary friend Harvey. Convincing us along with his illusory friend that he is not the one that is insane, but the one who is trying to bring joy to the lives of others, with quotes throughout the play such as “My mother used to say to me…’In this world, Elwood, you must be oh, so smart, or oh, so pleasant. ‘For years I was smart. I recommend pleasant.”
Whereas his socialite sister Veta Louise (Karen Janes Woditsch) and her daughter, Myrtle Mae (Sarah Price) is embarrassed to no end when they realize their beloved brother and uncle is introducing his imaginary friend Harvey around town they feel that it is imperative to commit him. However, a mistake has been made and somehow Veta is committed to the hospital by newcomer doctor Erik Hellman (Lyman Sanderson, M.D.) who insists that she is the crazy one in need of immediate help!
Eventually, the error has been recognized and a hysterical search led by the head doctor A.C. Smith (Dr. Chumley) at the sanitarium begins for Elwood and the invisible rabbit, which ends with Elwood appearing back at the sanitarium voluntarily. Nonetheless, Veta realizes how much she really loves her brother and his imaginary friend and opts for not wanting either one of them to change.
“Let’s Play” highly recommends that you see this play and let your imagination go wild because it is full of laughter, kindness, joy, dreams, make-believe, family and yes INSANITY!
The cast includes:
Amy Carle (Ethel Chauvenet/Betty Chumley/E.J. Lofgren)
Erik Hellman (Lyman Sanderson, M.D.)
Timothy Edward Kane (Elwood P. Dowd)
Jennifer Latimore (Miss Kelly)
Andy Nagraj (Duane Wilson)
Sarah Price (Myrtle Mae Simmons)
A.C. Smith (Dr. Chumley)
Jacqueline Williams (Judge Gaffney)
Karen Janes Woditsch (Veta Louise Simmons)
Court Theatre Presents
By Mary Chase
Directed by Devon De Mayo
May 11 – June 11, 2017