Harvey at the Guthrie Theater

Elwood P. Dowd is a silly, yet charming man who introduces everyone to his best friend Harvey. The problem is, Harvey is unseen and presumably imaginary. Harvey also happens to be a six-foot, three-and-one-half-inch tall pooka aka rabbit. Elwood’s social-climbing sister, Veta, is embarrassed by his behavior and decides to have him committed to a sanitarium. However, when they arrive, a comedy of errors occurs.

Sally Wingert plays Veta. Her timing is impeccable and her vocal inflection is perfect. She makes it look effortless and completely embodies the role. Sun Mee Chomet plays the daughter, Myrtle. She is hilarious and witty. The cast was spectacular aside from one weak link. Dr. Sanderson played by Ryan Shams just wasn’t doing it for me. He seemed amateur among fantastic players.

You know it’s a good show when you get lost in it. Every step of the way I was excited to see what would happen next. There was much laughter from the audience opening night and excitement. The set design by William Bloodgood was a perfect rotating set. The house design was complex, where the medical office was simplistic; a perfect juxtaposition.

The show was superb and I would suggest seeing it. I left feeling happy and glad I went.

More information here: http://www.guthrietheater.org/
Rating: To Be

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