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Photo by Sheila Harding Cannon / Elwood P. Dowd's sister, Veta, tries to commit her brother to a sanitarium due to his friendship with an imaginary rabbit named Harvey, which is hurting her daughter's social advancement. From left are Denis Parker as Dr. Chumley, Chris Cowan as Elwood P. Dowd, Shandra Burnett as Nurse Kelly, Sarah Morgan as Myrtle Mae and Emily McKay as Veta.

Signal Mountain Playhouse will open its winter show on Friday, Feb. 14, with a new director in the newly restored auditorium of Mountain Arts Community Center, 809 Kentucky Ave. on Signal Mountain.

"Harvey" will be presented at 8 p.m. in six performances over three weekends: Feb. 14-15, 21-22 and 28-29. The MACC will open at 6:45 p.m. for ticket sales and dessert before the 8 p.m. curtain.

"Harvey" was a 1950 American film based on Mary Chase's play of the same name. It starred Jimmy Stewart as the lovable Elwood P. Dowd, whose best friend was an invisible rabbit named Harvey. Harvey, Dowd explains, is a 6-foot, 3.5-inch pooka (a mischievous creature from Celtic mythology.)

Dowd has driven his sister and niece, who live with him, to their wits' end with talk of his invisible rabbit, so they try to commit him to a sanitarium. By the end of this comedy, even the audience will believe they see Harvey.

Garry Posey is making his directorial debut with the playhouse. Chris Cowan and Emily McKay are cast as Elwood and his sister, Veta. The pair of actors are newcomers to the Playhouse.

Tickets are $15, which include dessert and coffee. They will be sold at the door (cash or checks only).

For more information: 423-763-7219 or smph.org.

 

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