Mary Coyle Chase’s Wonderfully Wacky Comedy “Harvey” Will Hop into Garner on Oct. 14th

The Towne Players cast includes Stuart Jonap as Elwood P. Dowd, pictured here with his pal Harvey
The Towne Players cast includes Stuart Jonap as Elwood P. Dowd, pictured here with his pal Harvey

The Towne Players cast includes Stuart Jonap as Elwood P. Dowd, pictured here with his pal Harvey
The cast includes Stuart Jonap as the eccentric Elwood P. Dowd, pictured here with his pooka-pal Harvey

The Towne Players of Garner will present a community-theater production of Harvey, a much beloved 1944 comedy written by award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and children’s novelist Mary Coyle Chase (1906-81) and directed by Beth Honeycutt, on Oct. 14, 15, and 20-22 in recently renovated 471-seat Garner Historic Auditorium at Olde School Commons. Chase won the 1945 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Harvey.

According to Dramatists Play Service, Inc.: “This play has become one of the most successful and popular plays ever offered to nonprofessionals.”

Dramatists Play Service, Inc. adds:

“When Elwood P. Dowd starts to introduce his imaginary friend, Harvey, a six-and-a-half-foot rabbit, to guests at a society party, his sister, Veta, has seen as much of his eccentric behavior as she can tolerate. She decides to have him committed to a sanitarium to spare her daughter, Myrtle Mae, and their family from future embarrassment.

“Problems arise, however, when Veta herself is mistakenly assumed to be on the verge of lunacy when she explains to doctors that years of living with Elwood’s hallucination have caused her to see Harvey also! The doctors commit Veta instead of Elwood, but when the truth comes out, the search is on for Elwood and his invisible companion.

“When he shows up at the sanitarium looking for his lost friend Harvey, it seems that the mild-mannered Elwood’s delusion has had a strange influence on more than one of the doctors. Only at the end does Veta realize that maybe Harvey isn’t so bad after all.”

The Towne Players present HARVEY at 8 p.m. Oct. 14, 15, 20, and 21 and 2 and 8 p.m. Oct. 22 in Garner Historic Auditorium at Olde School Commons, 742 W. Garner Rd., Garner, North Carolina 27529.

TICKETS: $12 ($10 students and seniors 55+).

BOX OFFICE: Tickets sold at door.

MORE TICKET INFORMATION: http://www.towneplayers.org/contact/ticket-info/.

SHOW/SEASON: http://www.towneplayers.org/performances/current-season/.

PRESENTER: http://www.towneplayers.org/.

VENUE: http://www.garnernc.gov/Departments/Parks and Recreation/Facilities.aspx?ID=9.

DIRECTIONS: http://www.towneplayers.org/contact/directions-to-garner-historic-auditorium/.

OTHER LINKS:

The Play: http://www.dramatists.com/cgi-bin/db/single.asp?key=1800 (Dramatists Play Service, Inc.) and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvey_(play) (Wikipedia).

The Playwright: http://www.marycoylechase.com/Act_One.html (official website) and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Chase_(playwright) (Wikipedia).

The Film: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvey_(film) (Wikipedia) and http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0042546/ (Internet Movie Database).

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Robert W. McDowell is a Raleigh, NC-based freelance writer, editor, and critic. He has written theater, film, book, and music previews and reviews for The News & Observer, The Raleigh Times, Spectator Magazine, and Classical Voice of North Carolina, all based in Raleigh. In 1980-91, he covered business, industry, government, and education for (We the People of) North Carolina magazine, published monthly by N.C. Citizens for Business and Industry. In April 2001, McDowell started Robert's Reviews, a FREE weekly e-mail newsletter that provides comprehensive, in-depth coverage of the performing arts in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina, which includes Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and Carrboro. Triangle Review is the latest-and-greatest version of McDowell's original newsletter. (To start your FREE subscription, e-mail robertm748[at]aol.com and type SUBSCRIBE TR in the Subject: line.) From December 1980 until September 2017, McDowell served on the board of directors of The Cinema, Inc., a Raleigh-based nonprofit film society formed in 1966. He currently publishes a weekly list of FREE advance screenings of movies in the Triangle area. (To have your e-mail address added to this FREE list, e-mail robertm748[at]aol.com and type SUBSCRIBE FFL FREE in the Subject: line.) McDowell also co-edited and supervised the production of Jim Valvano's Guide to Great Eating (JTV Enterprises, 1984), a 224-page sports celebrity cookbook; and he served as a fact checker for Valvano: They Gave Me a Lifetime Contract, and Then They Declared Me Dead (Pocket Books, 1991).