FINCASTLE – “Harvey,” the heartwarming comedy and Pulitzer Prize-winning play about everybody’s friend, Elwood P. Dowd, and his best friend, Harvey (who just happens to be a 6-foot, 3-1/2-inch tall rabbit) opens this week at the D. Geraldine Lawson Performing Arts Theater just south of Fincastle.

This is Attic Productions’ first play for 2010.

This play was written by Mary Chase and is directed by Jayne Brill.

Performance dates are Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 4-6 and 11-13. Evening performances are at 7:30 and Saturday matinees are at 2:30.

Elwood P. Dowd played by Gary Reid and Dr. Chumley played by Mica Crizer rehearse for Attic Productions’ “Harvey,” which opens Thursday.
Elwood P. Dowd played by Gary Reid and Dr. Chumley played by Mica Crizer rehearse for Attic Productions’ “Harvey,” which opens Thursday.

Unfortunately for Elwood, nobody can see his large rabbit friend Harvey, causing quite a stir in the Dowd household.

His sister, Veta, is desperate to find a husband for her daughter, Myrtle Mae, and Elwood’s questionable mental state is making the task nearly impossible. Committing Elwood to a local sanatorium seems to be the only solution but accomplishing that goal turns out to be more difficult than originally anticipated.

In the end, Veta must decide if she wants to keep a loveable Elwood and his friend Harvey or accept a forever-changed Elwood without Harvey. “Harvey” won the 1945 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling Attic Productions at 473-1001.  Leave a message and someone will call you back. Ticket office hours begin two weeks before the play starts and are Monday and Wednesdays, 3-7 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens. Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more.

D. Geraldine Lawson Performing Arts Theater is located at 7490 Roanoke Road, (US 11) just south of Fincastle.

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