Puppy Love: Rachel Dratch Is Sylvia at the George Street
30 Mar 2010
Photo by Mary Ellen Matthews
Rachel Dratch, best known for her comedic work on "Saturday Night Live," stars in the George Street Playhouse's production of A.R. Gurney's Sylvia, which begins performances March 30.
Dratch portrays Sylvia, the "stray dog that turns the life of two New York empty-nesters upside down." She is joined on stage by four-time Tony Award winner Boyd Gaines and his real-life wife Kathleen McNenny as well as Broadway actor Stephen DeRosa. Artistic director David Saint helms the comedy, which is scheduled to run through April 25 with an official opening April 2 at the New Jersey venue.
In a previous statement director Saint said, "I am thrilled to be directing this wonderful, funny and heartfelt comedy — particularly with these four talented comedic actors. This is a must-see for anyone who has ever cherished a four-footed friend as a member of their family."
The creative team includes set designer James Youmans, costume designer David Murin and lighting designer Christopher J. Bailey.
In Sylvia, press notes state, "Greg and Kate have moved to Manhattan after 22 years of child-raising 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 he found in the park — or that has found him — bearing only 'Sylvia' on her name tag. A street-smart mutt, Sylvia becomes a major bone of contention between husband and wife. 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. And Sylvia thinks Kate just doesn't understand the relationship between man and dog."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.