BY STEPHANIE VITALE
Elwood P. Dowd, played by Andrew Greenway, is a man who claims to have a friend named Harvey — whom Elwood describes as a six-foot, three-and-one-half-inch tall pooka, resembling an anthropomorphic rabbit. There is no doubt that Andrew Greenway did his homework on his role as Elwood Dowd. He portrays a calm, welcoming, charming, caring, intelligent and considerate man, as he introduces his friend Harvey to everyone. Mr. Dowd lives with his sister, Veta Louise Simmons, played by the incredibly talented Meg Sewell and her beautiful daughter, Myrtle Mae Simmons, played by Kimberlyn Frost.
The excellent cast also includes Steve Bermack as Dr. Lyman Sanderson, Kathy Gnazzo as both Mrs. Chauvenet and the cab driver, Anne Marie Goulding as the charming Nurse Ruth Kelly, Sondra Rosoff as Mrs. Betty Chumley, Gordon Wolotira as Mr. Chumley, Greg Schilero as Judge Gaffney and Edward Van Sader as Wilson.
The cast was committed to their characters as they made their audience roar with laughter, without skipping a beat. We can also attribute this to the direction and vision of, soon to be lifetime member of Elmwood playhouse, Margaret Young. Young had an enormous amount of support in making her vision a reality. Wendy Portney serves as senior producer and Ayn Lauren as co-producer. Jennie Marino wowed the audience with wonderful special effects.
Although this stage might be considered small, the action takes place in the library of the Dowd family mansion and in the reception room of a sanitarium. Set designer Bill Mentz and Technical Director Ron Drobes brought each scene to life as the set was transformed several times by a large crew.
Harvey is a funny, spectacular joy in the small town of Nyack, NY. Buy your tickets and reserve a seat now at www.elmwoodplayhouse.com or call 845-353-1313 for a night of magic and laughter. The show is performed every weekend until Feb. 6 .Who knows, you just might meet a six-foot, three-and-one half inch tall pooka named Harvey.