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The Wimberley Players Present A.R. Gurney's "Howlingly Funny" Sylvia
Tickets go on sale February 27th for performances of Gurney's popular adult comedy each weekend from March 3 through March 26, 2006.
David Bisett, Calvin White, Judith Laird and Katie Combs in rehearsal for Sylvia. (Photo by Jim Gillock)
The Wimberley Players are preparing to unleash the hounds of comedy with their second production of the season, A.R. Gurney's Sylvia. Complications ensue when the title character, Sylvia the street-smart Lab-Poodle stray, becomes a major irritant in the lives of Greg and Kate, a couple who have moved back to Manhattan after years of living in the suburbs.

Playwright Gurney, a native of Buffalo, New York, is a prolific writer who has a large number of works to his credit including The Cocktail Hour, Buffalo Gals, and Children. The Players presented Gurney's The Dining Room, during the 2003 season.

Director Rob Sandefur, Artistic Director of the Wimberley Players, is a veteran of the Players stage, most recently appearing in It Could Be Any One of Us. Last season Rob directed Jake's Women and Cahoots. Producer Gwen Sandefur has served the Players in various capacities, including Stage Manager for Dial M for Murder, and Steel Magnolias. Cynthia Densmore, Assistant Director, performed recently in Jake's Women and It Could Be Any One of Us. The production team is rounded out with veterans Debbie Nordyke as Stage Manager and Brian Densmore in the Tech Booth.

Katie Combs stars as the mischievous Sylvia. This is quite a lively role for Katie, who performed in last season's productions of Steel Magnolias and Jake's Women. David Bisett makes a welcome return to The Players' stage as the sensitive husband Greg. David directed last season's Steel Magnolias and has theatre credits in everything from acting and directing to set design and construction. Judith Laird, a frequent Players performer, plays Greg's long-suffering wife, Kate; when Sylvia was first presented at the Greenhouse, Judith played the title role. Calvin White plays three roles: a dog owner, a shrink and a snooty female friend of Kate's. Calvin was most recently seen as Brinton in It Could Be Any One of Us.

The tail-wagging fun begins when Greg brings home a dog he found in the park or -- perhaps she is the one who found him. Her only identification is the name "Sylvia" on her nametag. Sylvia quickly becomes a major bone of contention between husband and wife. While she offers Greg an escape from the frustrations of his job and the unknowns of middle age, to Kate she becomes a rival. Sylvia herself believes that Kate just doesn't understand the relationship between man and dog. The marriage is put in serious jeopardy until, after a series of hilarious and touching complications, Greg and Kate learn to compromise, and Sylvia becomes a valued part of their lives.

Sylvia opens March 3 with the traditional opening night complimentary champagne buffet afterward. It runs on weekends through March 26. Reservations for Sylvia can be made any time by calling (512) 847-0575, or tickets can be bought at the Players Box Office in the Ozona Motor Bank Lobby beginning February 27. Box-office hours are 1 to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. All tickets are $13. Visa and Mastercard are accepted.


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