The Belfast Maskers will preview their spring production of “Harvey” Thursday, April 29 and open the following night for a two-week run. Performances will be Thursdays through Saturdays at 7 p.m.; and Sundays at 2 p.m. in the Belfast Maskers Waterfront Theater, 43 Front St.

Affable Elwood P. Dowd has many friends, but one friend in particular might cause him trouble: a six-foot, three-and-one-half-inch tall invisible rabbit named Harvey. Could this be a product of mental illness, Elwood’s propensity for drinking or is it the mischievous “pookah” of Celtic mythology that Elwood describes – to the consternation of his high-society family and friends?

Mary Chase’s beloved, Pulitzer-Prize winning play answers these questions for some, while others find that the distinction is really not that important. Whatever they take away from it, audiences and critics have found the play to be funny, compelling and thought-provoking for decades.

The classic comedy is being directed by Angela Bonacasa, who made her directorial debut with the Maskers in last fall’s “Mousetrap.”

Tickets for the preview are $8. General admission tickets the rest of the run are $15, $10 for teens. Tickets are available at Yo Mamma’s Home; at the theater one hour before performances; and via credit card at 338-9668.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to