REVIEW: “Harvey” at Reno Little Theater

Myron Freedman plays Dr. Chumley and Judi Davis Rounds is Veta Simmons in "Harvey."
Myron Freedman plays Dr. Chumley and Judi Davis Rounds is Veta Simmons in “Harvey.”

Photos: Bob Conrad

Kicking off their new season — and the theater’s 85th year in operation — Reno Little Theater presents the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy “Harvey.” Elwood P. Dowd, the kindest man one would ever meet, has a strange best friend: an invisible six-foot-tall rabbit named Harvey.

Elwood’s imaginary friend is starting to ruin his sister and niece’s social life, so the two decide to do something about it — they commit him to a sanatorium.

The show was hilarious and entertaining the whole way through. The most enjoyable aspect were the characters. Each actor fit into their role so well it was as if it was real life. The level of acting experienced at this performance sets up a new standard.

The set changes were also interesting, with well-thought out transformative transitions. There was some action occurring during these moments, which is always appreciated. It allowed for the suspension of disbelief to continue through the brief breaks.

Myron Freedman, right, plays Dr. Chumley, a psychiatrist who may also need some help himself. Ryan Corrigan, left, plays Duane Wilson, an orderly at a mental hospital.
Myron Freedman, right, plays Dr. Chumley, a psychiatrist who may also need some help himself. Ryan Corrigan, left, plays Duane Wilson, an orderly at a mental hospital.

There were a few moments that went over my head during the performance, but discussing these afterwards brought out new meaning to certain scenes. This play is definitely one best enjoyed with a friend and calls for some interesting conversations.

Reno Little Theater has also installed all-new seating. The space has undergone a massive upgrade—be one of the first audiences to experience the luxuries.

The hilarious antics, commendable acting and improved viewing experience makes “Harvey” one of the best productions Reno Little Theater has ever put on. The level of excellence makes me all the more excited to see what else they’re bringing to the table this season. You can’t miss your chance to see this whimsical performance.

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Karly Chandler plays Myrtle Mae.
Karly Chandler plays Myrtle Mae.

The Details

Dates

  • Evening Show Dates: 10/4, 10/5 (PWYC), 10/10 (tt), 10/11, 10/12, 10/17 (tt), 10/18, 10/19 @ 7:30 PM
  • Matinee Show Dates: 10/6, 10/13*, 10/20 @ 2 PM
  • (tt) = Thirst Thursday – FREE drink with ticket purchase, PWYC denotes Pay-What-You-Can performance, * denotes post-show talk-back

Tickets

  • Adults: $25
  • Senior (60+)/Military: $20
  • Students: $15

Cast

  • Karly Chandler as Myrtle Mae
  • Ruby Cole as Miss Johnson
  • Ryan Corrigan as Duane Wilson
  • Patrick Crabb as Judge Gaffney
  • Judy Davis Rounds as Veta
  • Julie Douglass as Mrs. Chauvenet
  • Myron Freedman as Dr. Chumly
  • Kirk Gardner as Elwood
  • Jonathan Gastelo as EJ Lofgren
  • Terri Gray as Betty Chumley
  • Vincent Rodriguez as Dr. Lyman Sanderson
  • Kaitlinn Young as Ruth Kelly
Kylie Masznicz
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Kylie Masznicz is a student at the University of Nevada, Reno studying English with a concentration in writing and minoring in Communication Studies. She writes culture pieces for ThisIsReno, but her work has also been featured on Broadway Baby and Brushfire Literature & Arts Journal. Her goal is to one day write a novel. She enjoys art of all forms, but chooses to express her own creativity through writing, music, and nail art. She also collects Christmas sweaters and has enough to wear one everyday from Thanksgiving to New Years.