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Sylvia

a Dark Comedy
CATEGORY : COMEDY DRAMA
by A.R. Gurney

COMPANY : Big Top Productions
VENUE : Big Top Theatre [WEBSITE]
ID# 1260

SHOWING : May 27, 2005 - June 12, 2005

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Who is Sylvia you ask? She is a dog, or is she more? To Greg, who is enduring his mid-life crisis, she is much more than a dog, to Kate, his wife, she is a threat to their new metropolitan life in the worst way. A comedy for adults!


CAST & CREW LIST
Director David Kronawitter
Greg Mark Feldman
Sylvia Stephanie Friedman
Kate Phyllis Giller
Tom/Leslie Neil Matchan
Phyllis Kim Tomko
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REVIEWS

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Different-- but fun!
by Nettie
Sunday, June 12, 2005
0.0
To fully appreciate this play, one has to be able to embrace the concept that one of the main characters is a dog, and the dog's role is played by a human. Stephanie Friedman does a hysterically funny, unexpectedly effective job of helping you get lost in the character, and forgive the fact that the actor in this case is, human. Her nervous running around, her hair in a pony tail, even the way she turns her head and cuts her eyes-- do turn into an abstract portrayal that eventually brings you from laughing at the behavior similarities to settling you effectively -- into the story. A story of how a dog makes a husband and wife who have lost touch with each other, face the problems they have been ignoring about their relationship, with a lot of dog lover's humor thrown in. I started off laughing, and then relating to-- the characters in the story. (I suppose it might help a little that my grandmother had a dog that was "mostly poodle" that she treated like a member of the family.)

The journey through this family's lives is a strange but an entertaining one.
Neil Matchen is brilliantly funny as the marital counselor exploring gender identification, and the macho fellow dog owner in the park. Kim Tomko is a joy to watch on stage as Kate's friend from college who is horrified and driven to drink by Sylvia.

Phyllis Giller and Mark Feldman have to keep up an interesting, difficult, tug of war throughout the play that grows into an understanding of each other at the end. You hurt for them, relate to them, guffaw at the character "woe is me" moments (that are purposefully, overdramatically, written into the script just for fun ), and yet, having no choice but to recognize the underlying complexity of their situation.

If you've ever had marital problems, this one smarts a little. But if you're also a dog lover, you'll laugh through the tears. And it does have a happy ending. Great job big top! [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
I meant this to be an NR by Nettie
somehow it wound up as a 0-- I went in and edited once, perhaps that's what made it say 0 instead? oops!


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