A.R. Gurney's 'Sylvia' Comes to Broadway

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Matthew Broderick and Annaleigh Ashford in A.R. Gurney's 'Sylvia' at the Cort Theatre. Matthew Broderick and Annaleigh Ashford in A.R. Gurney's 'Sylvia' at the Cort Theatre. (Joan Marcus)

In his 1995 play “Sylvia,” A.R. Gurney threw a couple of curve balls at the theme of a man dealing with a mid-life crisis. Instead of the man threatening his marriage by falling in love with a younger woman, he falls in love with (curve ball No. 1) a dog, who is (curve ball No. 2) played onstage by a woman.

The play gets its first Broadway production at the Cort Theatre with a cast that stars Matthew Broderick, Julie White and Annaleigh Ashford. 

New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood shares his impressions of the production and of where “Sylvia” stands in A.R. Gurney’s substantial body of work.

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