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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

LAST TWO PERFORMANCES OF "SYLVIA" ARE THIS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, OCT. 15 & 16


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Sylvia (left), the dog and Kate (right), Greg's wife, face off as Greg (center) offers Sylvia her bowl of dog food as he mistakenly asks, "Can I play, too?"


People who have or have had dogs and even those who don't are enjoying Hamilton-Gibson's performances of the comedy "Sylvia" being directed by Titus Himmelberger.

The last two shows are at 7:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday, Oct. 15 and 16 in the Warehouse Theatre at 3 Central Avenue in Wellsboro.

"The show is hilarious," said Mel Stafford who saw the opening night performance on Friday, Oct. 8. "I laughed the whole time. It was funny and really good. Adults will really like it. Some of the language and situations are not appropriate for children. It's about the relationship between a man, his wife and the dog that comes into their lives."

"My wife Barbara and I saw the show Oct. 8," said Larry Biddison, a member of Hamilton-Gibson's board of directors. "The Warehouse Theatre accommodates three separate acting spaces: the living room of a New York City apartment, a dog park, and a therapist's office.

"I especially like the way Lexa VanDusen portrays Sylvia, the dog, and how Herb Johnson who plays Greg interacts with her," Larry continued. "The play calls for the dog to converse with Greg who wants to adopt her. As those of us who have had dogs know, dogs do speak--with their eyes, their tails, and their whole bodies. But if dogs could talk like a human being, the words would be pretty much what Sylvia says to Greg. They have real conversations," he said.

"This is one of those shows that you need to see in person, not just hear or read about," said Barbara.

"The story is easy to follow," she added. "A man finds a stray dog in the dog park and brings it home. He's ready to have the vet check the dog, to adopt her, and to make her his constant companion. The audience soon learns that Greg's wife Kate, played by Catherine Mulcahey of Wellsboro, has other plans," said Barbara.

Gary Siegfried of Knoxville plays Tom, a dog owner who reads everything about dogs and their relationships with humans. Cody Losinger of Wellsboro plays Phyllis, a longtime friend of Kate's, and Leslie, Kate's therapist who is trying to help the couple.

Thomas Putnam, Hamilton-Gibson's artistic director, also attended on Oct. 8. "This comedy is a celebration of HG's mission of 'providing opportunities for people of all ages to enrich and empower their lives through community performing arts.' It has a first-time main stage director, and two of the five actors are brand new to the stage--any stage, not just the HG stage," said Putnam.

"It was clear to me, the audience enjoyed experiencing A.R. Gurney's script as it was brought to life," Putnam said. "The play has a very cool set, great transition music, and an energetic dog sniffing, yawning, stretching, scratching, barking and tugging at her leash, all to the delight of her master and the chagrin of his wife. Lots of laughs and maybe just a tender tear filled the evening."

The audience is asked to wear masks into the theatre and during the performance.

Tickets are $14 for adults and $6 for youth, 18 and under. Also available are FlexPasses for $60.

No tickets will be sold at the door. Order tickets in advance at hgp.booktix.com or by calling the HG office at 570-724-2079 with credit card information.

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