THEATER: What rabbit? ‘Harvey’ comes to Lynden theater

Lynden Performing Arts Guild presents “Harvey,” the story of Elwood P. Dowd, an affable man who claims to have an unseen (and presumably imaginary) friend Harvey, a 6-foot, 3-and-one-half-inch tall rabbit, Thursday, April 9, through April 26 at Claire vg Thomas Theatre in Dutch Village Mall, 655 Front St., Lynden.

Imaginary or not, Harvey exerts a strange influence on the characters in the play, and might have a similar effect on audience members.

Harvey teaches audiences that we all have the power to choose happiness over sorrow, contentment over dissatisfaction, and pleasure over pain. Elwood chooses Harvey.

Granted, for the rest of us, the choice might not be offered; Harvey does not reveal himself to everyone, but if we should see him, shouldn’t we also participate in the fantasy? The play has been adapted for film and television several times, most notably in a 1950 film starring Jimmy Stewart.

Curtain is 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $12 general, $10 students and seniors, $8 for youths 4 to 8, available at the theater box office and at Brown Paper Tickets.

Details: 360-354-4425, clairevgtheatre.com.