Charles Shaughnessy comes out on stage sounding and acting very much like James (Jimmy) Stewart, the movie actor who portrayed Elwood P. Dowd in the 1950 classic hit “Harvey”. The script, enhanced by executive producer Tod Booth, has numerous conversations between the characters that are so humorous that they keep the mysterious Harvey a secret until…
Harvey (the invisible rabbit) is a pooka (Irish for spirit/ghost is primarily a creature of Irish folklore. Considered to be bringers both of good and bad fortune, they could either help or hinder). What Harvey does with some props towards the end of the show is amazing and Charles Shaughnessy keeps his dialogue and storytelling with the rabbit at an all-time high.
The cast is more than just a few actors and everyone contributed their own style to the plot in this comedy:
Lindsay Sutton* (Myrte Mae Simmons) recently appeared in the Alhabra’s “Seussical The Musical”
Lisa Valdini Booth* (Veta Louise Simmons) always comes through as the seasoned veteran mainstay of the Alhambra. You will recognize her from many shows such as “White Christmas,” “Nunsense,” “Lend Me A Tenor” & “Phantom”
You may remember Susan Fallender* (Mrs. Ethel Chavenet) from her appearance in “Trading Places” with Eddie Murphy and she is also Lady Susan Fallender Shaughnessy
Jessica Hayden (Nurse Ruth Kelly) played in the Alhambra’s “White Christmas” & “The Buddy Holly Story”
Joe Ditmyer* (Dr. Lyman Sanderson) was in Alhambra’s “On Golden Pond”
Tom Bengston (Wilson) was in Alhambra’s “The 39 Steps
Patti Eyler* (Betty Chumley) was the housekeeper in “Man of La Mancha” at the Alhambra
Michael Edwards* (Dr. William Chumley) was last seen in Alhambra’s “Social Security”
Kurt McCall (Judge Gaffney) is back to the Alhambra from his run in “Phantom” and “Man of LaMancha”
Pete Clapsis (E.J.Lofgren) is a new performer to the Alhambra
* denotes Actors’ Equity Member *
About the Show: This whimsical fantasy about a local drunk’s 6′ 3 1/2″ imaginary rabbit pal was a smash hit (and a Pulitzer Prize winner) on Broadway and was then adapted into this likeable farce that’s also an allegory about tolerance. Elwood P. Dowd is a wealthy tippler whose sunny philosophy and inebriated antics are tolerated by most of the citizenry. That is, until Elwood begins claiming that he sees a “pooka” (a mischievous Irish spirit), which has taken the form of a man-sized bunny named Harvey. Although everyone is certain that Elwood has finally lost his mind, Harvey’s presence begins to have magically positive effects on the townsfolk, with the exception of Elwood’s own sister Veta, who, ironically, can also occasionally see Harvey. Veta is a snooty socialite determined to marry off her daughter, Myrtle to somebody equally respectable, and Elwood’s lunacy is interfering. When Veta attempts to have Elwood committed to an insane asylum; the result is that she is accidentally admitted instead of her brother. Then the institution’s director, Dr. Chumley, begins seeing Harvey, too.
Dates: August 12 – September 6, 2015
Show Times: 8 p.m. for evening shows Tuesday through Sunday. Doors open at 5:45 p.m., and dinner will be served until 7:30 p.m. Matinees on Saturdays are at 1:15 p.m. Doors open at 11 a.m. and the brunch starts at 11:15 a.m. Sunday matinee is at 2 p.m. Doors open at noon and the meal starts at 12:15 p.m.
Dress: “Business Casual” or “Sunday Best”
Tickets: Regular pricing for tickets start at $35 – $59. Ticket prices include: a plated dinner served to your table, an incredible show and prime parking. Group sales of 20 + are available upon request. Price does not include gratuity or orders from the bar.
Location: Alhambra Theater & Dining
12000 Beach Blvd.
Jacksonville, Florida 32246