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'Sylvia' hits the Festival 56 stage

Published: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 1:20 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 1:22 p.m. CST

PRINCETON — Festival 56 presents the romantic comedy "Sylvia" at the Grace Performing Arts Center, 316 South Main Street, Princeton, July 3-8. It plays at 7:30 p.m. July 3, 5, and 8 and 2 p.m. July 6.

The play, written by A. R. Gurney, is a romantic triangle of a special sort – an irresistible dog named Sylvia, a husband in a bit of a midlife crisis who responds to Sylvia’s attention and a wife who sees the dog as a rival for affection.

"My favorite thing about 'Sylvia' is that it's wonderfully theatrical, but not in a splashy or show-offy way,” said director Brad Raimondo. “On the one hand, it's a very intimate, truthful play, where the humor is generated by real, deeply felt human (and canine) concerns. On the other hand, the whole play hinges on the audience imagining that a beautiful young woman is a dog. It's a workout for the heart, the funnybone and the imagination all at once — I don't know what else one can really ask of a play."

Marissa Martinez, who played Sylvia in the Festival’s production of the show in 2006, reprises her role this season. Matt Scott, also a Festival 56 veteran, plays the smitten husband and MoMo Lamping, new to the Festival this year, plays the skeptical wife.

As "Sylvia" contains some adult humor and coarse language, it is recommended for ages 12 and up. A brief discussion with the show’s cast and director will take place after the opening night performance.

Bureau Valley Veterinary Service is the sponsor of the Festival 56 production of "Sylvia."

To purchase tickets, call 815-879-5656, ext. 11, visit www.festival56.com or go to the box office open from noon to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday and an hour before each performance.

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