Yup, the "dog" days of August are definitely upon us. A.R. Gurney's canine comedy, Sylvia, opens at Memphis, TN's Playhouse on the Square, Aug. 7 for a run through Aug. 30. The show played two years ago at the venue and was so popular, they've brought it back, along with star Shannon Convery. Ann Marie Hall directs.
Sylvia (Convery) is a beautiful, frisky young blonde who picks up Greg in the park. Sylvia, of course, is a dog -- a pet who ends up coming between Greg and his wife, Kate.
In 1994, A.R. Gurney received a Lucille Lortel Award for his body of work, including such comedies as Love Letters, The Cocktail Hour and The Middle Ages. His Labor Day recently played at Manhattan Theatre Club, where Sylvia premiered in 1995.
NAT producing artistic director William Gregg helms Sylvia, which features costumes by Dana Tinsley Harnish, sets by Noel Rennerfeldt, lighting by Eric Stehl and sound by David W. Mauer.
For tickets and information on Sylvia at Playhouse on the Square, 51 South Cooper St., call (901) 725-0776. -- By David Lefkowitz