An empty-nest couple, settled in their ways, gets shaken up by the appearance of a new woman. Its an old, too often true, story. But playwright A.R. Gurney has put a comedic twist on that plot in Sylvia, which opened off Broadway in 1995.
In this charming story about middle-aged New Yorkers Kate and Greg, Gurney recasts the other woman as a sweet, utterly adoring labradoodle named Sylvia. Greg brings the pooch home one day in a fit of middle-aged loneliness. Sylvia, who is played by a young woman, adores Greg, saying things like I think youre a God to the man as she settles into apartment living on the Upper West Side. Greg is smitten from the start, but he senses his wife, whos just gotten her career going and is handling the empty nest more easily than Greg, isnt as happy with the new addition to the family.
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The play follows the comedic tribulations of the couple as they adjust to the dog and to each other at a bumpy time of life. Vincent Canby of The New York Times called the New York production of Sylvia delicious and critic proof. Wed add refreshing and clever. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Through September 11. Texas Repertory Theatre, 14243 Stuebner Airline. For information, call 281-583-7573 or visit www.texreptheatre.org. $25 to $35.
Fridays-Sundays. Starts: Aug. 19. Continues through Sept. 11, 2011