Theater: Dearest Rabbit

The most endearing invisible character in U.S. stage annals is a 6-ft. 21-in. rabbit named Harvey. Equally endearing is Harvey's alcoholically bemused pal and constant companion, Elwood P. Dowd. The Mary Chase play was a charmer when it first appeared in 1944, and it is a charmer now. It carries with it a nostalgia for more innocent and less harried days. An added and substantial bonus is that the present revival brings James Stewart back to the stage, after a 22-year absence, in the role of Elwood, a part he first inherited from the...

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