'Harvey' comes to Forrest Theatre

Friday, November 12, 2010

The Forrest Players kick off their 2010-2011 season with the classic comedy "Harvey," by Mary Chase. Along with veteran actors, Devin Barnes, Josh Carlton, Jed Hall, the cast includes newcomers Will Buttrey, John Collyer, Emily Green, Emily Hockin, Ariel Hutter, James Luna, Chelsea Moore, and Ashton Sawyer. The play will be presented for the public Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Forrest Theatre. Tickets can be purchased at the door beginning at 6:30.

Made famous by the 1950 film version starring Jimmy Stewart, Harvey centers itself on Elwood P. Dowd (Jed Hall), a kind but eccentric man that spends his time moving one bar to the next introducing everyone he meets to his best friend and constant companion Harvey. This wouldn't be a problem if it wasn't for the fact that Harvey is a pooka -- a benign but mischievous creature from Celtic mythology who is especially fond of social outcasts like Elwood. Harvey is a six foot tall invisible rabbit.

Elwood's friendship has caused more than a few headaches for his sister Veta (Emily Green) and niece Myrtle Mae (Emily Hockin), and after he introduces Harvey to Mrs. Chauvenet (Ashton Sawyer) so they decide it may be time to send Elwood to Chumley's Rest, the local sanitarium. At the sanitarium there is a mix-up and Nurse Kelly (Ariel Hutter) and Dr. Sanderson (Devin Barnes) aren't sure who should be committed. When the overzealous orderly Mr. Wilson (Josh Carlton) gets involved things really get going.

Dr. Chumley (John Collyer) himself has to cancel a date with Mrs. Chumley (Chelsea Moore) and get involved. When Veta returns home she meets with her lawyer, Judge Gaffney (Will Buttrey) to file suit. Just when everything looks like it is going to be resolved local taxi driver E.J. Lofgren (James Luna) shows up and throws a wrench into the works.