Reno Little Theater gets shaggy with ‘Sylvia’ |

Reno Little Theater gets shaggy with ‘Sylvia’

Reno Little Theater will unleash the “shaggy dog” comedy “Sylvia” Feb. 17, 18 and 21 and Feb. 23, 24 and 25 at the Reno Elks Lodge, 597 Kumle Lane, Reno. Performances will be at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. There is a special 7 p.m. show on Feb. 21.

Tickets are $12 general admission and $10 for students and seniors. Reno Little Theater will continue to offer its opening night special price of $10 per person or $15 for two. For more information call (775) 329-0661.

“Sylvia” by A.R. Gurney is he story of an empty-nest suburban couple, Greg and Kate, who move to Manhattan. Greg’s career is winding down while Kate’s is beginning to offer her more opportunities. Into this mix comes a street-smart mongrel named Sylvia whom Greg found in the park – or maybe she found him. Sylvia offers Greg an escape from his job frustrations and the unknowns of middle age. However, Kate sees the dog as a rival for Greg’s affection.

“But through a variety of interactions with friends and others, they learn it is a temporary state of affairs and life goes on,” said Tony DeGeiso, director. “I like that it talks about something – midlife crisis – that’s been talked about a lot, but which hasn’t always been resolved in such a pleasant manner.”

“Sylvia” was written as a star-vehicle for Sarah Jessica Parker and originally produced at the Manhattan Theatre Club in 1995. The New York Daily News reviewer called it “one of the most involving, beautiful, funny, touching and profound plays I have ever seen.”

Newcomer Rochelle Mezzano will play the title role in the Reno Little Theater production. Local stage veteran Scott Van Tuyl and Melanie Collup play Greg and Kate. The cast also includes Beth Petersen, Brian Bass and Jeff Galli.

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