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May 25, 2015    Bookmark and Share

Make Reservations Now for Your Date With a Pooka

The Gaslight Theater is proud to present “Harvey”, by Mary Chase. This classic was written in 1944, and is one the ageless classics of American theater. “I still find this play funny” says director Bob Gilbert.  “Yes, there are some older terms, but the humor still comes through”   This will be the 3rd time the Augusta Players, now The Gaslight Theater has produced the play.  Previous productions were in 1954 and in 1998.

Harvey opens Friday through Sunday June 19th through 21st and 26th through 28th at Hallowell City Hall. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinees are at 2:00 pm.

Tickets are 12 dollars for Adults and 10 dollars for students and senior citizens (60 and up). Reservations can be made online or by calling 207-626-3698 and leaving a message.

Harvey has a unique place in theatrical history. it premiered on Broadway on November 1, 1944, at the 48th Street Theatre and closed on January 15, 1949, after 1,775 performances. The original production starred Frank Fay as Elwood P. Dowd and Josephine Hull as Elwood's sister Veta. Elwood was subsequently played during this run by Joe E. Brown, Jack Buchanan, and James Stewart. Even though it was directed by Antoinette Perry (after whom the Tony awards are named) and produced by Brock Pemberton, it did not win a Tony Award. Mary Chase did receive the Pulitzer Price for the play in 1945.

Most people, though, know Harvey through the 1950 film starring James Stewart, with Josephine Hull reprising her Broadway role as Veta (and winning an Oscar -- Stewart was nominated but did not win. In 2012, Jim Parsons, star of TV's Big Bang Theory, took on the role of Elwood in a revival to critical acclaim.

Gaslight's production features a host of all-star performers. Make your reservations now!

Production Dates for Gaslight Theater's "Harvey":

  • Friday and Saturday, June 19th and 20th, 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, June 21st, 2:00 matinee
  • Friday and Saturday, June 26th and 27th, 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, June 28th, 2:00 matinee

For more information, please contact us.