After all these days of causing massive marital distress, Sylvia will get a little rest from her role as "other woman." The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?, the 2002 Tony Award winner for Best Play, will go on hiatus between the final performance of Bill Pullman and Mercedes Ruehl Sept. 1 and the first performance of Bill Irwin and Sally Field Sept. 13.
Field star as the headstrong, passionate wife of Irwin, an architect who reveals that he's having an affair — with a goat named Sylvia. Supporting players Stephen Rowe and Jeffrey Carlson will continue in their roles.
Field is the star of such films as "Smokey and the Bandit," "Mrs. Doubtfire," "Places in the Heart" and "Norma Rae." She won Oscars for the latter two. Irwin is the New Vaudeville clown who has starred in self-styled vehicles such as Largely New York and Fool Moon.
Best known for his landmark Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Albee recently enjoyed a well-received revival of his Tiny Alice at Off-Broadway's Second Stage. The remounting of the drama — which was reviled in its 1963 premiere — was embraced by many critics and, as a result, extended its run. His Occupant and All Over, the latter at the Roundabout's Gramercy Theatre, have also been revived in the 2001-02 season.
Elizabeth Ireland McCann, Daryl Roth, Terry Allen Kramer, Scott Rudin, Fred Zollo, Carole Shorenstein Hays, Scott Rudin and Fred Zollo produce The Goat. David Esbjornson (The Play About the Baby, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) is the director. Designers are John Arnone (set), Kenneth Posner (lighting), Elizabeth Hope Clancy (costumes) and Mark Bennett (sound). Previews began Feb. 16. Tickets are $65-$75. For reservations, call (212) 239-6200. The Goat plays at the Golden Theatre, where it opened March 10.