‘Sylvia’ to open Fri­day at Garfield Cen­ter of the Arts

Record Observer - - Arts & Entertainment -

CH­ESTER­TOWN — The Garfield Cen­ter of the Arts’ pro­duc­tion of “Sylvia,” by A.R. Gur­ney, will open Fri­day, Oct. 13.

Orig­i­nally pro­duced at the Man­hat­tan Club in 1995 with Sarah Jes­sica Parker in the ti­tle role, this com­edy is about a mar­riage and a dog.

Empty-nesters Greg and Kate move to Man­hat­tan af­ter rais­ing their fam­ily in the sub­urbs. While at the park, Greg finds Sylvia, a street-smart stray, and brings her home. With his ca­reer in a tail­spin, Greg wel­comes the dis­trac­tion of dog own­er­ship, while Kate, whose ca­reer is com­ing to fruition, af­firms, “The dog phase of my life is def­i­nitely over.”

Sylvia be­comes a bone of con­tention between Greg and Kate, strain­ing their mar­riage with hi­lar­i­ous and touch­ing ef fect.

Will Robin­son, last seen in “Mr. Roberts” at the Garfield, will play Greg, a New York busi­ness­man in the mid­dle of a midlife cri­sis. Jen­nifer Kafka-Smith, last seen in “Love, Loss, and What I Wore,” plays his so­phis­ti­cated and long­suf­fer­ing wife. New­comer to the Garfield, but not to the­ater, Chris­tine Kin­lock, last seen in Shore Shake­speare’s sum­mer pro­duc­tion “A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream,” tack­les the ti­tle role. Bryan Bet­ley com­pletes the cast, play­ing the dog park visi­tor Tom, Kate’s friend Phyl­lis and the an­drog­y­nous mar­riage coun­selor, Les­lie.

Along with di­rec­tor Bon­nie Hill and pro­ducer Julie Lawrence, the pro­duc­tion team in­cludes Butch Clark, tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor and light de­sign; Earl Lewin, set de­sign; Pa­trick Fee, sound de­sign; Steve Atkin­son, stage man­ager; Meg Len­her, as­sis­tant stage man­ager; and Juanita Wiec­zoreck, cos­tumes.

“Sylvia” will run two con­sec­u­tive week­ends, Oct. 13 to 15 and Oct. 20 to 22. Per­for­mances will be at 8 p.m. Fri­days and Satur­days, and 3 p.m. Sun­days.

Tick­ets are $20 gen­eral ad­mis­sion, $15 for the mil­i­tary or se­niors 65 and older, and $10 for stu­dents. They are avail­able on­line at www. Garfield­Cen­ter.org or by call­ing the box of­fice at 410-8102060. The Garfield Cen­ter for the Arts at the Prince The­atre is at 210 High St., Ch­ester­town.

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