The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? at the Mark Taper Forum

Edward Albee's

"THE GOAT or, Who is Sylvia?"


Martin has it all. He's a world-class architect with a loving wife and a comfortable relationship with his gay teenage son. He's just landed a lucrative contract and is about to receive a prestigious international prize. But when Martin confides to his best friend a secret that could destroy him, his marital bliss takes a sharp turn, threatening his family and career. A darkly funny, passionate play about the limits of compassion, understanding and tolerance, and the nature of love itself.

Edward Albee's most provocative and controversial play since "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?".  " The Goat" won four major awards including the Tony Award for best new play. A three-time Pulitzer Prize-winner, Albee's extensive work includes "Three Tall Women", presented at the Taper in 1996.

Founding Artistic Director of the Center Theatre Group, Gordon Davidson says of the playwright Edward Albee and "The Goat" … "Albee is an artist of disruptive and thrilling originality… His play "The Goat" powerfully demonstrates, time has neither mellowed Albee nor dimmed his genius. The play explores some perennial Albee subjects: marriage, the substance of relationship, the fragility of our assumptions and certainties about ourselves and others. But, as is so often the case with this commanding master, the approach is joltingly original:a fascinating combination of provocation, playfulness, and a piercing empathy for human vulnerability - and yes, it helps redefine the nature of tragedy in the modern era."


Cynthia Mace, Brian Kerwin

Just walking into the Mark Taper Forum's theatre is in itself exciting. The display cases filled with theatrical awards including several Tony's are a dead give away that you are in for an evening of real theatre. Not a watered down version of someone's idea of safe public entertainment. But a place where risks are taken and new ideas are conceived. Their current production of "The Goat" is a living testament to this spirit.

To begin with the sets and lighting are beautiful. The entire play takes place in a living room, which looks like it was lifted out of the pages of Architectural Digest. The costumes are deceptively simple yet it is apparent that a great deal of energy and effort went into their design to help support and tell the story of the play. And the props were unbelievably elegant for their use.


James Eckhouse, Brian Kerwin

Warner Shook the director deftly took material, which in lesser hands could be viewed as not only shocking and disturbing but simply unpalatable.  Instead making it shocking, disturbing, humorous and very shatteringly human. Skillfully capturing each note and nuance the writer had embedded into this script. 

Each of the actors was incredible in the playing of their roles. Patrick J. Adams who plays the role of the teenage son Billy, began his career at the Taper as an intern and is making his professional debut. Adams played his part with a shattering vulnerability.


Brian Kerwin, Patrick J. Adams

James Eckhouse gave a strong scrupulously, meticulous performance as Ross a long time friend of the family.

Brian Kerwin as Martin was endearing, devastating, heartbreaking, and absolutely everything the part called for.

Cynthia Mace as Stevie. No, simply put, she was Stevie. Brilliantly playing the love and anguish of her character. Mace raises the bar on the standard of what can be called great acting.

If you want to see what real acting is these folks hit not only a home run but they hit it out of the ball park.  "The Goat" is definitely a definite must see. This production belongs on Broadway.


Brian Kerwin, Cynthia Mace

"The Goat" contains strong language and adult sexual themes. Not recommended for people under age 17.

Center Theatre Group/Music Center of Los Angeles County/Mark Taper Forum

Gordon Davidson, Founder Artistic Director
Michael Ritchie, Artistic Director.
Charles Dillingham, Managing Director
Directed by Warner Shook
Set Design Michael Olich
Costume Design Frances Kenny
Lighting Design Mary Louise Geiger
Sound Design by Jon Gottlieb
Castign by Amy Lieberman, CSA
Production Stage Manager Mary Michele Miner
Stage Manager David S. Franklin


Cynthia Mace, Brian Kerwin

Photos by: Craig Schwartz

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"The Goat" is running now through Mar 20, 2005

Playing at the:
Mark Taper Forum
at the Music Center
135 North Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Performance Length:
1 hr, 40 mins, no intermission

General Performance Times:
Tues to Fri at 8pm
Wed Mar 16 at 2:30PM
Sat at 2:30pm & 8pm
Sun at 2:30pm & 7:30pm

Single Ticket Prices:
Previews: $30/$35
Weekdays & Sun eves: $42/$34
Fri & Sat eves, Sat & Sun mats: $52/42
Public Rush: $12 discount tickets purchased two hours prior to curtain at the Center Theatre Group box office

Tickets available through the Center Theatre Group box office at the Music Center or by calling CTG Audience Services at 213 628 2772. Tickets are also available online at

Group ticket sales 213 972 7231

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