Sylvia Play Review at the Edgemar

Tanna Frederick stars in the new comedy, Sylvia, now being performed at the Main Stage of the Edgemar Theatre in Santa Monica.  Written by A. R. Gurney, it's directed by Gary Imhoff and produced by Alexandra Guarnieri.  With partial proceeds going to benefit the animal rescue charity New Leash On Life, the admission price of $34.99 is a bargain. 

 

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   In this 1995 comedy by A.R. Gurney (“Love Letters,” “The Dining Room”), Greg and Kate are empty-nesters in the big city.  On a walk in the park, Greg is adopted by Sylvia, a bouncy, frisky poodle mix.  But Kate comes to feel that she is losing Greg to his adoring new best friend who just loves to be petted, scratched, and talked to.  This imaginative twist on Greg’s midlife crisis leads to lots of laughs and some thoughtful insights into the nature of love, marriage, jealousy, and dogs.             

 Tanna has also starred in several films including “Hollywood Dreams,” ‘Irene in Time,” “Queen of the Lot,” and the upcoming “Just 45 Minutes From Broadway,” based on the play by Henry Jaglom,  which concluded an eleven-month run at Edgemar Center in 2010.  Her other stage credits include Jaglom's “Always….But Not Forever” (which also played at Edgemar), N. Richard Nash's “Echoes,” Levy Lee Simon’s “Toussaint: For The Love Of Freedom,” Claire Chafee's “Why We Have A Body,” Jean Genet's “The Maids,” and more. Tanna was awarded the 2009 Maverick Award by the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival.  Also engaged in philanthropic pursuits, she is co-founder of Project Save Our Surf and founder of the Iowa Independent Film Festival, now in its 5th year.          

  Stephen Howard plays Greg and Cathy Arden portrays Kate. Tom Ayers plays the three other characters.   

        

Gary Imhoff’s other directing credits include the plays  “Just 45 Minutes From Broadway,” “Always….But Not Forever,” “The Devil and Daniel Webster” and “The Dearly Departed,” as well as the upcoming films “Break,” “Scottish Dreams,” and “Wildflower.” Also an actor, he portrayed Charlie Brown in the original production of “Snoopy!,” starred in “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” (L.A. and N.Y.), “Assassins” (West Coast Premiere), often appeared in films and frequently in television episodes of “Falcon Crest” and “Eight Is Enough.”

This is the third collaboration between director Gary Imhoff and actor Tanna Frederick, the previous two being last year’s hugely successful 11-month run of “Just 45 Minutes From Broadway” and 2007’s successful run of “Always….But Not Forever.”


‘Sylvia’ is a scandalous comic tumble sure to tickle everybody’s tummy. This is one play that you can sink your teeth into, with a theme and a plot that you can chew on long after the final curtain. Tanna Frederick is nothing short of terrific!

 Sylvia opened on May 20th.  It runs until July 10, 2011.   For more information about tickets call 310 392 7327 or go to www.edgemarcenter.org.



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