Already closed | 2h 0m | Midtown W

Sylvia

From 410 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 (410)

MEMBERS SAY:

Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting

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.

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.

35
Excruciating, Overrated

See it if for Annaleigh Ashford. She is AMAZING. Or if you want to see "Ferris" on stage.

Don't see it if you're looking for a good play - theres no substance. Its just not good.

40
Edgy, Slow, Disappointing, Banal, Funny

See it if You want to see the stars perform and like crude humor

Don't see it if You need a story rather than a concept. The only humor present was all shock-value, nothing actually funny

32
Cliched, Dated, Banal, Excruciating, Insipid

See it if you love dogs and don't mind a "cute" script.

Don't see it if you like great acting, challenging ideas and have taste. Broderick is speaks and acts in a monotone.

44
Great writing, Disappointing, Delightful, Dated, Entertaining

See it if You're a dog lover You love Annaleigh Ashford You're a Julie White fan

Don't see it if You're hoping for much from Mr. Broderick.

40
Clever, Ambitious, Slow, Original

See it if You are an ardent animal lover and don't mind watching a 2 hour play solely about the thought process of a canine

Don't see it if You cannot relate to animals and can't find humor in their everyday life Don't see it if you want a more lively show with a large cast.

49
Cliched, Dated, Fluffy, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You want to support the two character actors, they were going for it! And the script is cute.

Don't see it if You want to see M. Broderick at his best, this isn't it. Also, the girl playing Sylvia was mugging beyond what the piece called for.

48
Disappointing, Raunchy, Insipid, Poorly written

See it if Annaleigh Ashford's strong performance as Sylvia will be enough to satisfy you.

Don't see it if weak stories and the 'shock" of four letter jokes don't move you; uneven phoned in performances upset you

40
Delightful, Funny, Insipid, Fluffy, Cliched

See it if you adore Annaleigh Ashford.

Don't see it if you want to think.

49
Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Funny

See it if You like dated plays. You like watching a human pretend to be an animal.

Don't see it if You like well-written plays.

0
Brainless, Excruciating

See it if You have an unhealthy relationship with a dog and love disappointing endings

Don't see it if You have Netflix and can watch something on there.

43
Entertaining, Banal, Fluffy, Overrated

See it if You love the late A.R. Gurney and want to see Annaleigh Ashford at her best.

Don't see it if You don't like Matthew Broderick's style of wooden acting.

29
Disappointing, Confusing, Quirky, Slow

See it if You have nothing else left to see

Don't see it if You want to be entertained

20
Banal, Disappointing, Fluffy, Slow, Excruciating

See it if You're with your great aunt who is visiting from out of town and she is someone who thinks watching paint dry is hilarious

Don't see it if You're one of the remaining 99.999%


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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