The always popular CMU University Theater program is back on stage at the BIC Center with Sylvia by A. R. Gurney. It’s a modern romantic comedy about a marriage and a dog.
About the play: Greg and Kate have moved to Manhattan after twenty-two years of child-raising in the suburbs. Greg’s career as a financial trader is winding down, while Kate’s career, as a public-school English teacher, is beginning to offer her more opportunities. Greg brings home a dog he found in the park—or that has found him—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. She offers Greg an escape from the frustrations of his job and the unknowns of middle age. To Kate, Sylvia becomes a rival for affection. And Sylvia thinks Kate just doesn’t understand the relationship between man and dog. 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.
“Dramatic literature is stuffed with memorable love scenes, but none is as immediately delicious and dizzy as the one that begins the redeeming affair in A.R. Gurney’s new comedy, SYLVIA…” —NY Times.
“I can only call it one of the most involving, beautiful, funny, touching and profound plays I have ever seen…” —NY Daily News.
“Gurney’s mad comedy is the most endearing good time to trot down the pike in many a moon. Howlingly funny…” —BackStage.
About CMU’s University Theater Program: Each year University Theatre sponsors over 25 productions through which students gain valuable experience and explore their interests. This includes a mainstage season of six major productions, numerous studio theatre, summer theatre, improvisational comedy shows and more. Our touring, two-play summer theatre program is among our more popular offerings. Each year, 12-15 students are hired to form a production company who work closely with faculty, staff, directors, and designers to prepare productions, and then perform them in repertory across the state–including on Beaver Island. Company members gain extensive experience in performance and technical production and are also compensated with TAI course credit.