BWW Reviews: HARVEY Always a Hit at Boise Little Theater

BWW Reviews: HARVEY Always a Hit at Boise Little Theater

HARVEY. Good ol' Ha-Ha-Har-HARVEY. Harvey may be one of the most beloved movies starring Jimmy Stewart. That movie was based on this play by Mary Chase. Wendy Koeppl directed this production at Boise Little Theater and it was a very sweet production.

I thought that Ken Bass was a charming Elwood P. Dowd. His mannerisms were just enough of a nod to honor the part made famous by Jimmy Stewart, without it being a characature of his character. It was also enough of Ken so that it was a new Elwood that audiences saw and enjoyed. The rest of the cast did a wonderful job capturing the innocence that Harvey represents. Patti O'Hara as the over-wraught sister, Veta Louise Simmons, Lynne Beautrow as Ruth Kelley the nurse in love with the new doctor who Elwood unassumingly flirts with, and David Lamar Wheeler as Lyman Sanderson the mistaken physiatrist who causes much of the havoc that surrounds the Dowd family.

I would be remiss if I didn't acknowledge the costume designer, this was Shirley Blauer's first show and not a single costume pulled focus (distracted from the time period). They all went well together. I know that I would like to steal the hat off of Mrs. Betty Chumley, and her dress was a great match.

There were a few issues with the running of the sound, but I heard there was a family emergency -but it should smooth out with more performances under the sound board ops belt.

All in all, this was a fun show and the audience fully enjoyed the performance. It would make for a great date night.

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Teresa Rodrick My name is Teresa Rodrick, I was born in Edmonds, Washington - grew up in Mountlake Terrace (WA), married a man from Everett (WA) and my folks moved to Lake Stevens (WA). So when asked, I say I am from the Seattle Area. Way back when I was in high school, I was given lines to perform to open a play (I was a choir girl) and I still remember a part of the line: “No one stopped to give him gladsome looks.” I was then in two other plays. From there I married my husband in June 1990. He was military and we moved around a bit. Our children were born during this time. We lived in England for 2 years, Germany for 6 years and moved to San Antonio, Texas. In San Antonio, I decided I had put my own career off long enough and started going to Palo Alto Community College. I got my Associates Degree in Drama in May 2005. From San Antonio, we moved back to England for just over 3 years. I did one stint in community theatre there. From there we moved to Boise, Idaho. I received my Bachelors in Arts in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in Secondary Education in May 2012 from Boise State University.

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