What happens when the perfect woman is a dog? A canine-human love triangle. At least, that's what happens in "Sylvia," a play about a childless Manhattan couple and the eponymous dog that comes into their lives, opening at the Shandaken Theatrical Society tomorrow.
The show's charm comes from the fact that Sylvia is played by a human. Here's a snippet of dialogue, from the New York Times review of the show when it opened in NYC in 1995:
Greg, middle-aged and middle-class, returns to his Upper West Side apartment in the late afternoon accompanied by Sylvia, a beautiful, frisky young blonde he has just picked up in the park ...
Sylvia: "I think you're God."
Greg (trying to maintain order): "Stay, Sylvia. Stay. And sit."
Sylvia: "I want to sit near you."
Greg: "Well all right."
Sylvia moves to his side.
Sylvia (dreamily): "Nearer, my God, to Thee."
Greg (being severe): "O.K. As long as you sit."
The show's director, dog-lover Michael Koegel, is hosting a special benefit brunch before the matinee performance of the play this Sunday at his cafe, Mama's Boy Market, across the street from the theater. There will be champagne, and proceeds will benefit the Heart of the Catskills Humane Society. For details, click here.
Sylvia. March 7 - 23, Fridays & Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. $15, $12 students/seniors/members. 845.688.2279 for reservations, or buy tickets online. Special benefit performance for Heart of The Catskills Animal Shelter, Sunday March 9, 1pm. $50 for show, show, brunch and mimosas. The Shandaken Theatrical Society is a Watershed Post advertiser.