One Year Later, ‘Sylvia’ Finally Opens at HTC

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In March 2020, Hampton Theatre Company (HTC) was set to open A.R. Gurney's “Sylvia” with Amanda Griemsmann in the title role and Edward Kassar as Greg when COVID-19 shut it down. On May 27, HTC will finally bring its production of “Sylvia” to the stage with Griesmann still playing Sylvia, but with Greg being portrayed by a surprise HTC performer. Photo by Tom Kochie.
More than a year after it was scheduled to open, “Sylvia,” by A.R. Gurney, will be the Hampton Theatre Company’s (HTC) first production at the Quogue Community Hall since all theaters in New York were shuttered on March 12, 2020 at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

The romantic comedy about the impact of a stray dog on an empty-nest marriage runs May 27, through June 13. In accordance with state guidance, seating capacity will be limited and audience members required to wear face coverings while inside the theater. Tickets will only be sold in advance at hamptontheatre.org, or 631-653-8955.

In “Sylvia,” a sassy stray dog (played by a human) is brought home and becomes a major bone of contention for Greg and Kate. A street-smart mixture of (possibly) Lab and poodle, Sylvia offers Greg an escape from the unknowns of middle age. While Kate considers Sylvia a rival for Greg’s affection, Sylvia sees Kate as clueless about the bond between man and dog. After a series of hilarious and touching complications, all three learn lessons about the importance of compromise and the power of love.

The production is directed by HTC’s artistic director Diana Marbury and the cast features Amanda Griemsmann as Sylvia, Catherine Maloney as Kate, and George Loizides in three different roles. Adding a touch of mystery, Greg will be played by “a familiar HTC face.”

Because of limited seating capacity, HTC has added two additional Saturday matinées to the regular schedule. “Sylvia” runs at the Quogue Community Hall, 125 Jessup Avenue, from May 27 to June 13. Performances are Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 2:30 and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Discount tickets for “Sylvia” are available.

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