Harvey Girls

The Harvey House chain of restaurants got its start in Topeka when Fred Harvey opened a café for people traveling the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway. Preferring the term “Harvey Girl” to waitress, he recruited single women to work at his restaurants that gradually sprang up all the way to California and Texas. In this play, it’s an ordinary day at the Harvey House Restaurant along the Santa Fe Railroad. The 20th century is just a couple of years away and six people on the staff of the restaurant are engaged in their usual struggles. That’s the ordinary part of the day. Then we get word that there’s an armed woman roaming around, having been part of a train holdup earlier that morning. This satirical play is fast moving and magnified. Think Moliere with a dose of the Coen brothers. It was performed at the Depot Theater July 10-25, 2015.

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