A.R. Gurney's hit comedy “Sylvia” takes us to the New York apartment of empty-nesters Greg and Kate after Greg brings home a stray dog he has found in a nearby park.
Director Randal Myler, who helmed the well-received “Hank Williams: Lost Highways” last season at Lone Tree Arts Center, returns to direct “Sylvia,” which he did with success seven years ago for Denver Center Theatre Company. “Sylvia” plays at LTAC Nov. 7 to 17.
Kate, played by the skilled Kim Staunton, is loving the freedom of the Manhattan nest she's dreamed about and enjoying a recharged career as a scholar. She is decidedly not in favor of a pet, but Greg, played by Jonathan C. Kaplan, is experiencing a midlife crisis and really bonds with the feisty Sylvia, played by actress Jamie Ann Romero.
Conflict continues, aided and abetted by the fourth cast member, who plays three distinct characters.
Veteran Denver Center Theatre Company actor Randy Moore appears as a man in the park who advises Greg; a woman friend of Kate who comes to visit and an androgynous psychologist the couple visits for marital counseling. All call for great comic skill, and Moore played the part(s) really well seven years ago.
“Sylvia” plays at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7, 13, 14; 8 p.m. Nov. 8, 9, 15, 16; 2 p.m. Nov. 13, 14 and at a special senior matinee ($25) on Nov. 7. Tickets start at $28, lonetreeartscenter.org, 720-509-1000. Note: rated PG, language not suitable for little people. Sylvia speaks her mind.