QAC’s Harvey brings father and son together on stage

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Photo: Courtesy of the Quebec Art Company

Elwood P. Dowd (Larry Hodgson) is blissfully unaware of the scheming of his attorney (Tim McGrath), his psychiatrist (Alec Roberts) and his sister (Jane Dickinson) in the upcoming play Harvey, presented this week by the QAC

The Quebec Art Company’s production of Harvey, a quirky comedy involving social issues, intrigue and budding romances is coming to the stage this week.After months of preparation, everything fell into place at last night’s dress rehearsal, and the cast appears ready to put on some unforgettable performances for audiences this week. Director Cheryl Rimmer is “delighted at how it is all coming together”.

Veteran QAC actor Larry Hodgson finds himself at the center of this farce. As the innocent and well-meaning Elwood P. Dowd, he is the focus of conspiracies involving his sister Veta (Jane Dickinson) and his psychiatrist Dr. Chumley (Alec Roberts) who each, in their own devious ways, want to separate Elwood from his best friend, a six-foot rabbit named Harvey.“The real challenge, beyond making conversation with an invisible character and keeping straight the 47 references to having a drink, is to develop a calm, centered character while surrounded by the craziness of supposedly normal people,” says Hodgson.One of these people is even his real life son, Mathieu Hodgson, who, in his first major role on stage with the QAC, plays Dr. Sanderson, a cocky young psychiatrist. “For years I have worked behind the scenes as stage manager for the QAC so this is quite a different experience for me, especially acting with my father” says the younger Hodgson.Another newcomer to the QAC stage, Laura Palladino, is also enjoying both the challenge of her supporting role as Nurse Kelly and the opportunity to work with such a diverse group of amateur thespians.“It is really fun to get involved with passionate people with such varied backgrounds and perspectives” she reports.

The play opens this Thursday, November 27th, and runs through Sunday, November 30th.Performances are at the HollandElementary School (940, rue Ernest-Gagnon, Québec) at 8:00 p.m. except for the Sunday matinee at 2:00 p.m. Reservations and information can be obtained by calling 418-254-6552.