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Sylvia

From 408 member  reviews
Members say: Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting

About the show

Matthew Broderick stars in the Broadway revival about a couple whose lives are changed when the husband brings home a dog he finds in Central Park. More…

'Sylvia' is about what happens when a smart, sassy canine befriends a New Yorker in Central Park and changes his and his wife’s life forever. The comedy takes a look into the complexities of love and commitment and asks what it truly means to be devoted to your partner…and how you choose between the love of your life and man’s best friend. Starring two-time Tony winner Matthew Broderick and Tony-winner Annaleigh Ashford.

2h 0m | Already closed | Cort Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (408)

MEMBERS SAY:

Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting
79
Avg Score

60
Banal, Disappointing, Insipid, Overrated, Annoying

See it if you love dogs. Without a devotion to furry friends, Sylvia's charms are elusive. Broderick was bland; Ashford too spicy. I didn't laugh once

Don't see it if you want an intelligent, insightful evening of theater. Sylvia is entertaining drivel. Closing doggie pix was a cheap bid for approval.

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80
Clever, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Original

See it if you like great acting (except Matthew Broderick) great writing, great directing. It's fun and funny and endearing.

Don't see it if If pets aren't your thing, if you can't stand ex-machina changes of heart.

83
Entertaining, Funny, Delightful

See it if You like light fun comedy's, are a dog or animal lover or fan of Ashford who delivers a wonderful performance!

Don't see it if You prefer heavier thought provoking plays or don't like dogs

67
Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if you can get the tix for $5, which I did

Don't see it if you have to pay a lot.

70
Charming romp but without zing

See it if you enjoy inoffensive satire of male mid-life crisis and hilarious display of physical comedy by Annaleigh Ashford embodying a dog

Don't see it if you'd be disappointed by production that never rises much above level of a sitcom and the soporific acting/non-acting of Matthew Broderick

75
Delightful, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky

See it if you're in the mood for something generally light with heart, but also has some depth to it.

Don't see it if you're turned off by the idea of a woman playing a dog.

82
Clever, Funny, Fluffy, Original, Quirky

See it if You love dogs and anything having to do with them.

Don't see it if You don't like very quirky comedies.

44
Cliched, Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid

See it if you want to see an actress play the part of a sexy dog. Matthew Broderick was so weird in the show that nothing could save it for me.

Don't see it if you are not a "dog" person or like intelligent theater.

80
Funny, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You want to see an amazing performance of a talented young comedic actress playing a dog ! She makes her role both totally believable !

Don't see it if You are wanting to see a serious show.

50
Banal, Dated, Disappointing, Insipid, Boring

See it if you love Annaleigh Ashford, and slight comedies.

Don't see it if you dislike Matthew Broderick, and ponder why he is always being cast in plays.

80
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if Annaleigh Ashford gives a commanding and delightful performance. Funny and charming show.

Don't see it if You're not terribly fond of dogs.

70
Funny, Dated, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if you like light comedies or want to see Matthew Broderick onstage.

Don't see it if you don't like dogs or comedic shows.

80
Great writing, Delightful, Quirky, Clever, Entertaining

See it if Enjoy good comic performances (mostly) and a clever take on relationships. Sella and Ashford score.

Don't see it if You think of Matthew Broderick as a one note actor, he won't disappoint you.

50
Disappointing, Insipid, Quirky, Fluffy, Indulgent

See it if I thought the story was weak and embarrassingly silly. Matthew Broderick seemed to be just going through the motions.

Don't see it if You're looking for a well acted, funny, sharp comedy

80
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if you have an imagination & can handle the fantastical talking-dog premise. A Ashford's brilliantly funny. M Broderick's completely miscast.

Don't see it if a little raunch upsets you. Very warm & touching script. A Ashford is totally worth the price of admission. Wish it had run a little longer.

81
Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Slow, Delightful

See it if You enjoy a light story. The actress that played Sylvia was so convincing that at times you'd think she's really a dog.

Don't see it if You expect a traditional .comedy. If you do not care much about dogs, you probably would not appreciate this production.

90
Clever, Enchanting, Funny, Great acting

See it if If you enjoy comedy. Dog lovers will especially appreciate this.

Don't see it if You're Charles Isherwood.

95
Delightful, Clever, Funny, Great acting, Fluffy

See it if You have ever encountered a dog and been amused by one.

Don't see it if You hate fun.

78
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Poignant

See it if You like your 'funny' with meaning and poignancy; middle-aged relationships, longing and "puppy" love....

Don't see it if You are offended by four-letter words and 'doggy' behavior., or don't 'get' metaphor.'

82
Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Refreshing, Funny

See it if you want a good play based on modern times. Annaleigh Ashford was amazing in the show, and looking for other shows with her.

Don't see it if you want a musical.

40
Banal, Cliched, Dated, Fluffy, Disappointing

See it if you want to see Annaleigh Ashford do her level best to elevate less-than-mediocre material.

Don't see it if you can't stand to see Julie White so terribly wasted. You don't like dogs. You resent audiences who laugh at cheap, bad jokes.

75
Charming, Light, Sit-com-y

See it if You are a dog-lover, OR a dog-hater who has to live with one! You want a light night out at the theater for laughs without heavy lifting.

Don't see it if You require plays to make you think. Seeing a wooden Matthew Broderick would disappoint. F-bombs (funny and relevant, but still) offend.

89
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing, Enchanting

See it if you love animals, expecially dogs. I was glad I saw this show prior to reading the reviews. I thoroughly enjoyed the show.

Don't see it if If you never had a pet Or don't like pets.

78
Funny, Original, Entertaining

See it if You are obsessed with your dog or know people who are-- the dog character is EVERYTHING

Don't see it if I don't really see what the draw would be if you can't relate to the situation the dog creates within her human family..

60
Banal, Overrated, Quirky

See it if you love Julie White, and will see her in anything, even if she is wasted in the role.

Don't see it if you are over this weird character Matthew Broderick has been playing for the last 10 years.


October 27th, 2015
"'Sylvia,' despite being one of Mr. Gurney’s more popular plays — the woman-plays-dog conceit probably helps — feels tediously overextended and repetitive at two hours and two acts. Although it has a certain silly charm, a sweet message about making connections both human and non- and some nicely...
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October 27th, 2015
"Broderick, perkier than he’s been lately, gets crucial voltage from Ashford and White, both endlessly inventive comedians. Ashford has the showier role, dashing about in fanciful doggy couture and keeping up a sassy stream-of-consciousness. She sniffs strangers’ crotches with impunity; she butt-...
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October 27th, 2015
Unfortunately, this fantastic comic challenge is a dramaturgical disaster... A play that already seemed 20 years behind the times in 1995 now seems not just tired but icky... I left the theater — after the sappy post-curtain slide show — feeling pretty much like Kate, peeved and disapproving but...
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October 27th, 2015
"What makes the one-dimensional play even more annoying, however, is its questionable sexual politics... The natural conclusion is followed by an unnecessary coda that goes on to spell out the obvious, turning it into pure schmaltz. No one would blame even the most nonmilitant feminist from snarl...
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