Play uses dog to provide insight into marriage | Community
Performances of the Hamilton-Gibson production of “Sylvia” will take place at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday October 8 and 9 and 15 and 16 and at 2:30 pm on Sunday October 10 at the Warehouse Theater at 3 Central Avenue in Wellsboro.
The subject of “Sylvia”, a play by AR Gurney, is a dog, the couple who adopt it and the comedy that results.
Greg, played by Herb Johnson of Wellsboro, is a middle-aged man, a restless empty nest, tired of his job and searching for meaning in his life. Sylvia, played by Lexa VanDusen of Westfield, is a beautiful and exuberant lab / poodle mix, a stray in Central Park in search of a new home. When they meet, it’s love at first sight. Wandering the streets of Manhattan with Sylvia by his side, Greg feels like he’s connected to a deeper, more primitive, and more natural side of the world.
But Greg’s wife Kate, played by Wellsboro’s Catherine Mulcahey, a busy rising star in the public school system, looks forward to some independence now that the couple have no more dependent children, and is less than thrilled. by the intelligence and the canine coquetry which jumps, drools, sits on his sofa and distracts Greg’s attention from his marriage.
The other cast members are Gary Siegfried of Knoxville as Tom and Cody Losinger of Wellsboro as Phyllis and Leslie.
This play could easily be presented as a comedic confection featuring the gimmick of a human playing a talking dog – but as with much of AR Gurney’s work, it probes the intricacies of marriage and the human heart to say something touching about middle age, our relationships with our pets, our search for connection and the hard work to find our way back, ”writes Maureen Lee Lenker in a review of“ Sylvia, ”while ‘it was performed in a Californian theater.
This comedy is rated PG-13; some content may be inappropriate for children under 13.