Florida Rep's "Sylvia" Plays to Critical Acclaim—Will Be On Stage at BIG ARTS Sanibel, February 3

The Florida Repertory Theatre will bring the smash hit comedy "Sylvia" to Sanibel on Thursday, February 3, at 8 p.m. to BIG ARTS Schein Performance Hall, 900 Dunlop Road. Call BIG ARTS at (239) 395-0900 for tickets.
 
Jan. 19, 2011 - PRLog -- The Florida Repertory Theatre will bring the smash hit comedy Sylvia to Sanibel Thursday, February 3, at 8 p.m. to BIG ARTS Schein Performance Hall, 900 Dunlop Road.

A.R. Gurney’s Sylvia follows Greg and Kate, two recent empty-nesters, who have recently moved to Manhattan. As Kate's career picks up and Greg's winds down, things get interesting when Greg brings home a stray dog–a frisky young blonde named Sylvia. She quickly becomes the object of his misplaced affection, and a definite ‘bone’ of contention between Greg and his wife.

Sylvia brings together a true all-star Florida Rep cast that includes Michelle Damato in the title role, Carrie Lund, Chris Clavelli, and Gordon McConnell.

“A real tail-wagger,” said Terry Teachout, drama critic for The Wall Street Journal, “A.R. Gurney’s Sylvia, which is being performed with terrific comic energy by the Florida Repertory Theatre, is both clever and cute in all the right ways.”

Drew Sterwald, lifestyles writer for the The Fort Myers News-Press wrote, “It’s Michelle Damato who steals scenes and hearts as the Labradoodle who becomes the object of the man’s affections. Though she wiggles her behind, scratches at fleas and jumps on furniture, Damato also portrays more than the obvious canine characteristics. Her facial expressions and body language convey some of the psyche, if you will—the intense need for human approval and attention and the ability to intuit when the affection is not returned. It’s a remarkably engaging performance.”

Nancy Stetson, Florida Weekly’s arts reporter, raved, “You'll fall head over heels for Sylvia!”

Although a delightful and funny romp, its adult theme may not be suitable for the younger members of the family. Tickets are general admission $36, student $15.

Sylvia Sponsor Linda and John Kramer with John and Marjorie Madden, Supporter Dan and Shirley Valentine.
   
The Florida Repertory provides professional, first-class theater for Southwest Florida; works to improve the quality of life in the community through all the arts; and to make the arts, especially theatre, accessible to all.
   
Want to read more? Please visit us at www.BIGARTS.org for more event information including links to artists’ sites. To purchase tickets stop by BIG ARTS or call Marks Box Office at (239) 395-0900.

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