‘Sylvia’ opens in March

‘Sylvia’ opens in MarchBy BRIANNE HARDWICK

News Review Contributor

The Community Light Opera and Theatre Association is rehearsing for its upcoming production of A.R. Gurney’s adult comedy, “Sylvia” — the story of a man, his wife and his dog.

“Sylvia” opens Friday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m. on the CLOTA Center Stage. Additional performances are March 10, 16, 17, 23 and 24, with a special matinee at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 18.

The play revolves around a New York businessman (Greg). When he brings home a stray dog (Sylvia) one day and introduces her to his wife (Kate), her reaction is not what Greg expects, and the proverbial fur flies between these two females.

The part of Greg is played by John Chrostowski, a newcomer to the CLOTA stage and organization. Kate is played by Loralynn Chrostowski (John’s real-life wife). Loralynn was recently seen in last season’s CLOTA production of “Other Desert Cities.”

The titular role of Sylvia will be played by Kathleen Rodgick, a longtime CLOTA member. Her previous roles include that of Stella in “A Streetcar Named Desire.”

The part of Kate’s socialite friend, Phyllis, is played by K. Pearl Woolam.

Leonas Firme, who was also seen on stage in “Other Desert Cities,” is playing the parts of Tom (another dog owner) and Leslie (a marriage counselor) who Greg and Kate go to see.

This production of Sylvia was dug out of the CLOTA archives by director Larry Lier and was last performed on the CLOTA stage in 2004 under the directorial eye of Sarah Jones.

Lier chose this play as an homage to Jones, who was both a mentor and a friend for many years, until she passed away a couple of years ago.

“I could always count on Sarah’s sound advice whenever I had a problem with a scene or an actor. Her advice would always steer me in the right direction,” he said. From his first CLOTA production, “Mr. Roberts” in 2002, Lier directed “Bus Stop” in 2009, “A Streetcar Named Desire” in 2011, “On Golden Pond” in 2015 and others.

Some proceeds are going to the Ridgecrest Animal Shelter.

Tickets are on sale at Red Rock Books.

Pictured: John (Greg) and Loralynn (Kate) Chrostowski rehearse a scene from “Sylvia.” — Photo by Brianne Hardwick

Story First Published: 2018-02-23