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The Tower Players will be fea­tured in their new pro­duction, ‘Harvey.’ | Courtesy Facebook

The Tower Players opened their most recent project, Mary Chase’s “Harvey,” last night.

“Harvey” is a 1950s American comedy in which the central char­acter, the eccentric Elwood P. Dowd, claims to have a six-foot-tall rabbit named Harvey as his closest com­panion.

Elwood’s sister, Veta, and his niece, Myrtle Mae reside with him in his house. Much to the chagrin of his socially-con­scious sister, the friendly and quirky Elwood intro­duces his invisible, and appar­ently imag­inary, com­panion to everyone he meets. Elwood’s alarming behavior sends guests running from a house party Veta is attempting to host.

Veta, fed up with her brother’s antics, decides to commit him to a san­i­tarium for treatment. But because of her extremely agi­tated state, and her description of her brother’s strange com­panion, the young Dr. Sanderson is con­vinced that it is Veta, not Elwood, who needs to be insti­tu­tion­alized. Veta is then com­mitted to the sana­torium, Elwood is free to go, and Harvey is nowhere to be seen.

Chaos ensues as the doctors try to locate the cheery Elwood, Elwood tries to track down Harvey, and everyone tries to figure out who is — and is not — crazy.

Senior Dylan Strehle, playing the eccentric Elwood P. Dowd in the show, said he is excited to bring some laughter to Hillsdale College.

“I love to make people laugh and this show is full of it,” Strehle said. “I can’t wait to see where the audience laughs once we show it to them, it’s never where you expect.”

While a highly amusing and fast-paced show, the comedy is not without its chal­lenges. Strehle men­tioned that one of the most chal­lenging parts is keeping the energy levels high.

“Comedy depends heavily on ener­getic phys­i­cality and delivery,” Strehle said. “I’m on stage for most the show, so it’s tough to maintain.”

“Harvey” is the last per­for­mance for senior Amber Crump, who has par­tic­i­pated in five shows since her junior year and por­trays Nurse Kelly in “Harvey.” Crump men­tioned that while “Harvey” is a comedy, this is not always obvious.

“The hardest part of this show is that it’s a comedy, and yet the text is not funny on its own,” Crump said. “It’s the actors’ job to have some type of phys­i­cality or voice into­nation that will bring out the humor of the text. You have to make it jump out.”

Per­for­mances for “Harvey” are tonight till Sat­urday at 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday.

Crump said she has thor­oughly enjoyed her time working with the cast and Assistant Pro­fessor of Theatre Chris Matsos, director of the play, and it’s a bit­ter­sweet moment for her.

“The most fun part has been working with Chris,” Crump said. “He really helps us to dive deep into our char­acters. He works on the indi­vidual, and that’s why this show is really special.”