By Jess hughes & Greeshma Rajeev
Alpha Psi Omega, Bentley’s chapter of a national theater organization, recently just put on another great show for the campus to enjoy. Harvey was performed on Wednesday, April 16 through Friday, April 18 and captured the attention of many of our students, whether they were involved in the production, or just enjoying the show from the audience. Harvey is a 1944 play by Mary Chase, a playwright who received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her work the year after it was released. The plotline has been used in various works for film and television and was displayed beautifully by Bentley’s cast. Dominic Richards, a member of APO and part of the stage crew, commented, “After seeing the show being performed, you could tell everyone was having fun, the parts were perfect and the chemistry made it seem like everyone had been practicing for ages.”
It is a tale about a man named Elwood P. Dowd who has a best friend that also happens to be a giant rabbit, though is only visible to Elwood. Harvey, the rabbit, is mischievous and causes Elwood’s family members to think that he is crazy, to the point where he is placed into a sanatorium. Comedy ensues when the doctor at the sanitarium suspects that the person who brought Elwood out there to be committed was the one that needed medical attention. Then, Elwood and Harvey go missing. Need we say more? Elwood is eventually freed and when his family tracks him down, they are faced with the choice to give him medicine that would prevent him from seeing Harvey. Elwood’s sister realizes that she would rather have the brother that she had always had, regardless of his embarrassing acts.
Senior Sean Harrington was a member of the cast for this production and has been involved in other shows throughout his time here at Bentley. “Bringing a play to the Bentley campus is sometimes a challenge, but there is really a great core of people [in Alpha Psi Omega] who make it happen. It’s been a big part of my experience here and I will remember all of my shows forever. This one especially, it was really cool to see how much growth the cast made. You could really feel the hard work and determination pay off. There’s nothing more rewarding than that to me.”
The show was put together by a variety of students representing all grades. Many of them were members of Alpha Psi Omega and the cast. Students took on responsibilities such as set-building, tech, stage management, costuming and putting together hair and make-up styles. Real doors and chaises livened up the entire Koumantzelis Auditorium as people rolled with laughter.
Additionally, here are some closing words from Benjamin Jon Gutwetter, the President of Alpha Psi Omega National Theater Honors Society on Bentley’s campus regarding the show: “The show ran three very successful nights, the cast and crew worked incredibly hard for several months and our events were definitely worth it. While I would have preferred a larger audience, I am definitely happy with how the show went. The audience enjoyed it every night and that was our top priority.”
Good job, APO! We can’t wait to see what you have in store for us next year!