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Enjoy the Dog Days of Summer with the Stage East production of A. R. Gurney’s “Sylvia”

Posted June 30, 2012, at 12:24 p.m.
Stage East presents the romantic comedy &quotSylvia" by A. R. Gurney. Pictured L>R: Dan Butler (Greg), Kathleen Esposito (Sylvia), Ann Cornelison (Kate) and Anthony Giard (Leslie).
Stage East presents the romantic comedy "Sylvia" by A. R. Gurney. Pictured L>R: Dan Butler (Greg), Kathleen Esposito (Sylvia), Ann Cornelison (Kate) and Anthony Giard (Leslie).
Stage East presents the romantic comedy &quotSylvia" by A. R. Gurney. Pictured L>R: Dan Butler (Greg), Kathleen Esposito (Sylvia), Ann Cornelison (Kate) and Anthony Giard (Leslie).
Stage East presents the romantic comedy "Sylvia" by A. R. Gurney. Pictured L>R: Dan Butler (Greg), Kathleen Esposito (Sylvia), Ann Cornelison (Kate) and Anthony Giard (Leslie).

Stage East presents Sylvia, a modern romantic comedy about a marriage and a dog by A. R. Gurney. In the play, Greg and Kate have moved to Manhattan after twenty-two years of child-rising 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.

The New York Times proclaimed, “(Sylvia) is delightful, witty, urbane, endlessly inventive, and just plain funny….” Sylvia has been an audience favorite wherever it plays. In a performance at the Seattle Repertory Theater, 100 dogs with their owners enjoyed a “Night Out With the Dogs” benefit production. Come see the play that has delighted audiences, critics, and yes, even dogs nationwide!

The Stage East production of “Sylvia” represents the directorial debut for Elaine Jackson. Cast includes Dan Butler as Greg, Ann Cornelison as Kate, Kathleen Esposito as Sylvia, and Anthony Giard as Tom/Phyllis/Leslie.

Sylvia opens Friday, August 10 at 7:00PM and continues Saturday, August 11 at 7:00PM and a matinee on Sunday, August 12 at 3:00PM at the Eastport Arts Center, 36 Washington St, Eastport. The play schedule repeats the following weekend, August 17-19. Tickets are $10, 17 and under admitted free. “Sylvia” is presented by special arrangement with Dramatist’s Play Service. For information or to purchase tickets, call the EAC 207-853-4650.

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