Elwood P. Dowd and his best friend Harvey are well-known men about town. Never mind that Harvey happens to be a six-foot tall invisible rabbit.
The Sun City Community Theatre's latest production, "Harvey," is a classic play of mistaken identity, said director Mary Kay Montgomery.
Harvey's presence is making life difficult for Veda and her daughter Myrtle Mae. Elwood's insistence that his imaginary friend exists is ruining their social standing with the local society set, especially as he insists on introducing Harvey to everyone he meets.
Mayhem ensues when Veta attempts to have Elwood (and Harvey) committed to the local psychiatric hospital - where the staff immediately falls for their patient's winning charm.
Ultimately, the audience is left to decide whether Harvey actually exists or not. Ed Phelps, who stars as Elwood, said, "I am fortunate to have been selected to play a character I have loved for years."
The 12 members of the ensemble cast are a mix of SCCT veterans and newcomers. "The weaknesses, the doubts, the insecurities, and the self-confidence of the characters, when mixed together, create a perfect brew for an evening full of laughs," Phelps said.
" 'Harvey' is a wonderful story which will delight our audience," Montgomery said. "It has clever dialogue, humorous situations, and a lovely message."
Performances are Jan. 25-27 at 7:30 p.m., with a 2:30 p.m. matinee Jan. 28 at Magnolia Hall. Tickets are $23 and are available at the Magnolia Hall Box Office, by phone at 843-645-2700, or online at www.suncitytheatre.org.