By Erin Krebs
1th Grade, Mary Louis Academy
Reality, normalcy, perception, choice. The revival of May Chase's 1945 Harvey is a mystifying and multi-dimensional experience. The play follows a wannabe aristocratic family struggling with a secret: the brother, Elwood, is best friends with a "6 feet 3 and a half inches" tall, talkative rabbit named Harvey. After years of hiding Elwood, his sister, Veta, attempts to isolate him for good by placing him in a sanitarium. Veta asserts throughout the play that she is motivated by love and desperation, but her attempts to change him stem from selfishness. When Veta is committed instead of her charming, sincere brother, everyone's pride and reputation is at stake. The lovable but peculiar Elwood is played by The Bing Bang Theory actor Jim Parsons, (who was recently seen on Broadway in The Normal Heart). He truly establishes a relationship with the invisible Harvey and, like a magician, makes the rabbit appear to the audience. Harvey questions what society deems factual: phone numbers, college degrees, even pharmaceutical science. Even the setting and the accents are subjects of inquiry; are they how they actually appear or how they hope to be perceived? Harvey is full of great laughs that keep the show moving and enjoyable. The tale of this naive yet somehow knowing man and his great big rabbit lets us know that life is more enriching when we open our minds and embrace ourselves - and I don't know of a message more relevant to teens.
TICKETS: $30 general rush tickets w/valid ID when box office opens, 1/2 price student rush tickets 1 hour before show • Studio 54, 254 W. 54th St. website