Harvey first hit the scene back in 1944 and was last seen on Broadway in 1970. While many decades have passed since that appearance, I doubt that it will surprise many people attending this new production to learn who Harvey really is: a big white rabbit, or, to be exact, a pooka measuring six feet three-and-a-half inches tall. He also happens to be invisible. For some reason, the revelation of Harvey's identity is hardly a "spoiler.” The basics of this silly-seeming story are familiar to many: A man named Elwood P. Dowd carries on conversations with a giant rabbit who cannot be seen or heard by anyone else. Embarrassed by Elwood’s behavior, his sister seeks to have him committed, and she spends much of the play trying to convince a sanitarium to take him off her hands. This description might make the play sound like mere fluff or amusing hijinks, but I don’t think Harvey would be so present in our collective memory if the play were just that. So why has it endured? Of course, the play won the Pulitzer Prize and was turned into a hit film starring Jimmy Stewart, but I honestly don't think those accolades can completely explain why Harvey has burrowed his way into the common vernacular.
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2011-2012 Season, From Todd Haimes, Harvey