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Gordon Theatre opens season with ‘˜Sylvia’

When Gordon College Assistant Professor of Theater Rhonda Wooley saw the play ‘Sylvia’ a few years ago, she knew she wanted to bring it to campus. ’It was so heartwarming and I fell in love with it,’ she said. ‘I wanted to open this season with something light and entertaining and ‘˜Sylvia’ was the perfect fit.’ The play revolves around Greg and Kate, a Manhattan couple who, after 22 years of marriage and raising children, ease toward different life paths. Then Sylvia enters their lives. A street-smart mix of poodle and lab, Sylvia becomes a major source of contention between the two. Sylvia offers Greg an escape from the frustrations of his job and the unknowns of middle age. To Kate, Sylvia is a rival for her husband’s affection. The marriage is put in serious jeopardy until, after a series of hilarious and touching events, Greg and Kate learn to compromise and Sylvia becomes a valued part of their lives. The character Kate is played by Kate Tooley, a veteran of the Gordon Theatre having played Rosencrantz in last season’s production of ‘Hamlet.’ Barnesville resident Jonathan Dorsey, who has also appeared in many Gordon Theatre productions, is Greg. Playing multiple parts is Theatre newcomer, Rico Jackson of Griffin, who appears as Phyllis, Tom and Leslie in the production. And perhaps the most challenging part is played by Amanda Mills as the pooch Sylvia. With her hair in pig tails and facial expressions many dog lovers will recognize, she verbalizes Sylvia’s love for Greg and confusion over Kate’s inability to understand. ’Things come together wonderfully and touchingly in the end,’ said Wooley. ‘It’s a play dog lovers, and those not so in to dogs, will be able to relate to.’ The play is for mature audiences due to language and audience members might want to have a tissue or two on hand. Performances are Sept. 29-Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday Oct. 3 at 2 p.m. in the Gordon College Fine Arts Auditorium. Tickets are available at the door and cost $7 for adults, $6 for senior citizens, $5 for children and $4 each for groups of 10 or more.

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