Review: Jim Parsons finds 'Harvey' an illusion

June 15, 2012 • Entertainment

This undated theater image released by Boneau/Bryan-Brown shows, from left, Jim Parsons, Angela Paton, Jessica Hecht and Tracee Chimo in a scene from “Harvey,” in New York. (AP Photo/Boneau/Bryan-Brown, Joan Marcus)

NEW YORK (AP) — Much more than a 6-foot rabbit is invisible at the new revival of “Harvey” on Broadway. So is any real reason to see it.

A recent preview of The Roundabout Theatre Company’s dull production starring Jim Parsons triggered plenty of yawning in the audience and revealed cracks in a play that’s supposed to celebrate American individualism and lampoon social conformity. It opened Thursday at Studio 54.

At “Harvey,” there is overacting and under-acting, poor sound quality and endless windups for lame payoff jokes. And it is led by an actor who seems to be completely shorn of any charisma. Parsons, who plays a hard-core physicist nerd on “The Big Bang Theory,” has merely transferred his pursed-mouth, vaguely creepy and unsocialized TV character to the stage. With no laugh track. Login to read more

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