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Harvey Costume Rentals

sweet comedy-of-errors play set in 1944 in the Dowd library and Chumley's Rest sanitarium
Mary Chase

1944

Tracy Notes About This Show

Of course we have the hat with earholes, but please, don't ask us for a rabbit suit, unless it's for preshow publicity!

Plot Synopsis

When Elwood P. Dowd starts to introduce his imaginary friend, Harvey, a six-and-a-half-foot white 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. (DPS)