The Jamestown Community College Uncommoners will perform its spring show, A.R. Gurney’s Sylvia, beginning March 15.
Performances are set for 8 p.m. on March 15, 16, 22, and 23 and 2 p.m. on March 24. Ticket prices are $10 for general admission and $5 for JCC Faculty Student Association cardholders. Tickets can be obtained by calling JCC’s box office, 338.1187, or visiting campusstore.sunyjcc.edu.
The show will be directed by Robert Schlick with technical direction by Steven Gustafson.
Sylvia is a play about Greg (Vince Joy) and Kate (Kristina Benson) who have moved to Manhattan after 22 years of childrearing 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 (Crin Fredrickson) he found – or that has found him – bearing only the name “Sylvia” on her tag. A street-smart mixture of Labrador and poodle, Sylvia causes stress between the couple. She offers Greg an escape from the frustrations of his job and the unknowns of middle age. To Kate, Sylvia becomes a rival for affection, while Sylvia thinks Kate just doesn’t understand the relationship between man and dog.
The marriage is put in jeopardy, resulting in hilarious and touching complications. Along the way, the audience meets several other interesting characters, all of them played by Malachi Livermore.