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What if your dog could talk?

October 13, 2011
The Maui Weekly

ProArts Inc. presents Sylvia, the witty and hilarious off-Broadway comedy hit, as the second production of its fall/winter season.

A.R. Gurney's comic masterpiece centers on the question: What if your dog could talk?

Sylvia, an adorable, salty-tongued "labradoodle" enters the lives of empty-nesters Greg and Kate after their move from the suburbs to Manhattan and proceeds to hilariously disrupt the couple's marriage.

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If your dog could talk

Greg loves Kate; Kate loves Greg. Greg loves Sylvia; Kate hates Sylvia. Can there be a compromise?

Sylvia features some familiar and new faces in the cast, including Jackie Shea as the irresistible Sylvia, Scott Newman as new dog owner Greg and Marilynn Hirashima as Kate. Kalani Whitford stars as a comic tour de force as three characters: one man (Tom), one woman (Phyllis) and one not-so-sure (Leslie).

The show is directed by ProArts newcomer Mark Collmer, who directed The Odd Couple and The Pirates of Penzance.

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The cast of Sylvia includes (left to right) Marilynn Hirashima as Kate, Jackie Shea as Sylvia and Scott Newman as Greg.
Photo: Jack Grace Photography

The scenery, which includes projections of the Big Apple and environs, is designed by Caro Walker. Costume design is by ProArts veteran Marsha Kelly and lighting by Bonnie Prucha. ProArts shows are produced by Jonathan Lehman.

The show runs until through Sunday, Oct. 23, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.

ProArts offers reserved seats for adults at $20 and for students 18 and under at $15. Kama'aina nights are scheduled for Oct. 13 and 20; Hawai'i residents receive a discount for those performances.

The intimate ProArts Playhouse is located at Azeka (Makai) Shopping Center, 1280 S. Kihei Road in Kihei.

The playhouse is air conditioned with 80 reserved seats. Enjoy free parking, plenty of nearby restaurants and an art gallery inside the playhouse, which currently features artworks by Marjorie Tyler and Ed Lane.

Off-Broadway in 1995, Sylvia originally starred Sarah Jessica Parker of Sex and the City fame. "Delicious and dizzy" a critic from The New York Times wrote. "One of the most involving, beautiful, funny, touching and profound plays I have ever seen..." noted a New York Daily News reviewer.

No bones about it-Sylvia is howlingly funny! (The play contains adult language.)

Call 463-6550 for tickets or more information.



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