Sylvia NYC Reviews and Tickets

(411 Ratings)
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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.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (411)

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77 Reviews | 37 Followers
Clever, Delightful, Hilarious, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You love a great laugh and dogs.

Don't see it if opposite

113 Reviews | 20 Followers
Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if You like dogs and comedies or Matthew Broderick

Don't see it if You don't like unrealistic situations

76 Reviews | 25 Followers
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if You want a good laugh!

Don't see it if You don't like dogs.

52 Reviews | 17 Followers
Clever, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if U like to laugh

Don't see it if It's a little silly, with a talking dog. Found it really funny. U need to have sence of humor

57 Reviews | 21 Followers
Hilarious, Quirky, Absorbing, Enchanting

See it if You love funny quieky shows with amaxing casts

Don't see it if You can't wrap your head around different and strange

90 Reviews | 22 Followers
Clever, Great writing, Hilarious, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy visual humor. Annaleigh Ashford is the best visual comedian on Broadway

Don't see it if You want something serious,

58 Reviews | 8 Followers
Absorbing, Delightful, Resonant, Quirky

See it if you love dogs and have an open heart!

Don't see it if you wouldn't like to see a person playing a dog. However, Annaleigh Ashford absolutely captured the physicality and attitude of a dog!

61 Reviews | 7 Followers
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if You like very clever, funny shows with an incredibly acted, tony worthy performance by Sylvia

Don't see it if you're a grump without a sense of humor

Critic Reviews (49)

The New York Times
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 turned jokes, ultimately the play has all the heft of a teacup poodle."
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Time Out New York
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-scoots on the carpet; she swears viciously at cats. What a joy to see Ashford unleashed."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
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 unable to suppress a smile over the adorable doggy proceedings."
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The Wall Street Journal
October 28th, 2015

"'Sylvia' is one of the very best small-cast comedies of the past quarter-century, and this revival, directed by Daniel Sullivan, is so funny that I can’t see how it could fail to ring the box-office gong... Mr. Sullivan’s production may not get everything there is to be gotten out of 'Sylvia,' but it’s totally successful on its own broad-brush terms. It’s been a long time since I heard a matinee audience laugh as hard. I laughed, too—and so will you."
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October 27th, 2015

"Think too hard and the whole thing falls apart, or into a kind creepiness as Greg’s affections turn obsessive and just this side of sexual (I hope)... Robert Sella plays three increasingly annoying characters whose comic relief is vulgar, unnecessary and overdrawn. So leave the deep-thinking cap at home, and settle in for some pleasurable laughs. A lot of them."
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New York Daily News
October 27th, 2015

"It’s just a cute and clever conceit. But not quite enough to sustain two hours. Director Daniel Sullivan has a light touch with his a tightknit ensemble, but the play is undercooked and overlong."
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October 27th, 2015

"The shrewdest thing about this Broadway revival of 'Sylvia' was the decision not to update the comedy to the present day, when it would probably be stoned to death by feminists. Not because the title character, a dog, is played by a woman, but because the villain of the piece is the wife of the dog’s besotted owner. If you can put such thoughts out of your head, it’s a perfectly charming show."
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The Hollywood Reporter
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 snarling both at self-absorbed Greg and his manipulative bitch."
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