Fountain Hills Theater stages Broadway comedy

The cast of "Sylvia" Dyana Carroll on left, Emily Mohney and Tom Koelbel. (Submitted photo)

The cast of “Sylvia” Dyana Carroll on left, Emily Mohney and Tom Koelbel. (Submitted photo)

Fountain Hills Theater announces the opening of “Sylvia” by A.R. Gurney, the author of “The Cocktail Hour” and “Love Letters,” at the Fountain Hills Theater.

“Sylvia” opened off-Broadway at Stage I of the Manhattan Theatre Club in 1995, and starred Sarah Jessica Parker, Blythe Danner, and Charles Kimbrough, according to a press release. The production received Drama Desk Award nominations for Outstanding Play, Outstanding Actress in a Play (Parker), and Outstanding Costume Design.

“Sylvia” is to play Aug 21-30. According to a press release, this show uses adult language.

Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the Fountain Hills Theater.

According to the release, the plot features Greg and Kate, two middle-aged parents that 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.

“Sylvia” is produced by Stephani McDonald and directed by Ben Tyler, stated the release. “Sylvia” stars Dyana Carroll as Kate, Michael Corbett as Tom/Phyliss/Leslie, Tom Koelbel as Greg, and Emily Mohney as Sylvia. “Sylvia” is produced through special arrangement with Dramatist Play Service, according to the release.

Individual tickets are $23 for adults and $18 for youth 17-and-under. Group rates and student rush discounts are available. All performances are at Fountain Hills Theater on its Mainstage Too at 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd. (The Corner of Saguaro and Rand).

Tickets are available through the theater box office at 480-837-9661, Ext. 3.

For more information visit www.fhtaz.org.

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