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Sylvia
a Comedy
CATEGORY : COMEDY
by A.R. Gurney

COMPANY : Stage Door Players [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Stage Door Players [WEBSITE]
ID# 4727

SHOWING : May 15, 2015 - June 07, 2015

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

A modern romantic comedy about love, marriage, and a talking dog. Greg brings home a dog he found in the park, bearing only the name "Sylvia" on her name tag. A street-smart mixture of Lab and Poodle, Sylvia becomes a major bone of contention between husband and wife. The marriage is put in serious jeopardy until, after a series of hilarious and touching complications, Greg and Kate learn to compromise, and Sylvia becomes a valued part of their lives.


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Shelly McCook
Greg James Baskin
Sylvia Amanda Cucher
Kate Jo Howarth
Tom, Phyllis, Leslie Doyle Reynolds
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A Big, Sloppy Syliva Kiss
by playgoer
Thursday, May 28, 2015
5.0
Several years ago, Shelly McCook made a splash playing the title character in A.R. Gurney’s "Sylvia." She has now returned to the play at Stage Door Players, but as director rather than star performer. She still comes across as a star in this production, though, with her fine direction pointing up both the relationships and the comedy of the play.

James Baskin and Jo Howarth make a fine pairing as married couple Greg and Kate, whose relationship new dog Sylvia (Amanda Cucher) steps into the middle of. Ms. Cucher is delightful with her puppy-like energy, and her emotions ring as true (in a dog-like way) as those of Greg and Kate. Doyle Reynolds, like Ms. McCook a veteran of a Marietta production of this show, reprises three roles in this production. His Phyllis and Leslie in particular are wonderful comic creations, garnering laughs with almost every line and facial expression. You couldn’t ask for a cast that works better together.

This is a handsome production too. Chuck Welcome has designed a simple, neutral New York apartment backed by a wall of windows with views to the building across the way, the apartment flanked by brick mini-sets of a park and a street corner. John David Williams’ lighting design enhances the set, particularly with the onstage light fixtures. Kathy Ellsworth’s props, George Deavours’ wigs, and Jayne Kroessig’s costumes add to the visual appeal, with the costumes (and hairstyles) for Sylvia showing more of a range than would strictly be necessary.

Rial Ellsworth’s sound design emphasizes the New York setting with Gershwin/Porter tunes. There’s even a musical number to Porter’s "Every Time We Say Goodbye." Mr. Baskin’s singing voice outshines that of his female co-stars, but the cleverness and sweetness of the moment cannot be denied.

A show with this much heart and this much comedy doesn’t come along every day. While Shelly McCook, actress, made for an ideal Sylvia a decade or more ago, Shelly McCook, director, has made an ideal "Sylvia" for theatergoers today.
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