Review: Dear Harvey
Video by Lola Olvera
Story by Jocelyn Ruiz
Dear Harvey, a play by Patricia Loughrey and directed by Peter Howard, is a really special show that can teach you a lot about Harvey Milk and how he impacted the LGBTQ+ community.
He was an American politician and the first openly gay elected official in the history of California, where he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
In the play, Loughrey mixes Milk’s voice with the voices of those who knew and worked with him. We learn about people in his personal life and how he was such a positive impact in their life.
“It is so vital to hear those voices, learn from them, fight for LGBTQ+ rights and stay hopeful,” said the Artistic Director of Cal Rep, Jeff Janisheski.
The stage has a nice set up with screens in the back following what the play was about by displaying writings, videos, or photos to emphasize the play’s meaning.
The actors did a good job displaying the emotion of the words they were speaking, making the events that happened throughout the play seem more meaningful than they already were. There was also a student playing the piano throughout the whole play.
This play was an entertaining way to learn about Milk’s life. The theatre department did a good job incorporating a lot of facts about him and what he went through all while keeping it entertaining at the same time.
For someone who hasn't learned much about Milk, it was a good way to find out more about his life and how he is such an icon to the LGBTQ+ community. The message he portrayed and how fearless he was during his time to fight for equality was showed in the play.
This show is being played at the University Theatre in CSULB from Oct. 11 until Oct. 20. Tickets start at $18. The show contains adult language and content. The use of cameras and recording devices is strictly prohibited and it runs approximately 85 minutes with no intermission.