The Easter bunny won’t be the only rabbit around town for the holiday. Mary Chase’s Pulitzer-Prize winning play “Harvey” hops to the Players Theatre, March 28.
But you’ll be hard-pressed to actually see Harvey, the invisible, 6-foot-tall rabbit who is the constant companion of Elwood P. Dowd, the main character in the gentle comedy.
Elwood introduces everyone he meets to Harvey, leading his sister, Veta, to have him committed to a sanitarium to spare her and her daughter from future embarrassment. But things take a comical turn and Harvey and Elwood help change some attitudes about life in general.
“ "Harvey' is a simple play about civility, the lack of it, and how we treat people who are different from us,” Artistic Director Jeffery Kin said. “The true treasure of the play is that all along the way, we’re laughing, but as we reflect on it, we might just learn something!”
Linda MacCluggage is directing the production, which features Allen Kretschmar as Elwood, Laurie Zimmerman as his sister, Veta, and Joseph Mammina and John Forsyth as doctors running Chumley’s Rest.
“Harvey” runs through April 7 at the Players Theatre, 838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Performances are March 28 and 30, April 2, 3, 4, and 6 at 7:30 p.m. and March 31, April 6 and 7 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $12 for students. For more information: 365-2494; theplayers.org.