September 27th marked two years since I first left home and I haven’t yet been back, so people always ask me the same question ‘do you miss it?’. Honestly? Sure, I will always miss it but ask anyone and apparently nothings changed and with the extent of social media now if your contact with friends and family is dwindling that says more about the friendship than the time difference. If you want to know what I really miss the most? Honestly? My dog. People you can speak to but pets – you’re cut off cold turkey.
So if you’re a dog lover then you need to book tickets to go and see Sylvia on Broadway, and in fact, take that friend you’ve got who hates animals (you know the one) because this is a show that they are going to enjoy, too. You see Sylvia is clever, there is an angle in it that we can all relate to in some shape or form and you will quickly take sides, you are either Team Greg or Team Kate. This is a light hearted love story that touches on commitment and those romances that don’t always follow the traditional path. But don’t worry it’s not going to get too deep not with all the comedy value provided in my eyes by the lovely Robert Sella. I shouldn’t pick a favourite because Broderick, White and Ashford were all great, but Sella, well he was my favourite by far.
Putting it simply, this is a great performance where the power of the acting does all the leg work. There’s no need for gimmicks, elaborate sets or an enthusiastic chorus line, it works perfectly just as it is. Anything extra would just be unnecessary, although I do admit I was secretly hoping for a real dog to make a guest appearance. But all you really need is a great story, a great cast and characters who are just as strong individually as they are together, check check check. And what surprised me the most, I thought I would be fully Team Greg, I’m a sucker for a stray animal but at some point before the intermission I realized (shock! horror!) I was backing Kate all the way. All you need to do now is book your tickets and find out whose side you’re going to be on.
This ‘funny and heart-warming tale’ takes a tongue in cheek look at the complications of life, love and all that falls in between. The most powerful message I took from the performance is that you quickly realize the stray dog isn’t the only one who is lost.
Oh and just make sure you remember Annaleigh Ashford’s character is a dog, note to self: a dog because when Sylvia is jumping all over Broderick’s character and nuzzling into him you can completely see why his wife gets jealous.
By: Charlotte Revill of The Eight Hours