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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
79
Avg Score

72
Entertaining, Dated, Great acting, Long, Cute

See it if you love dogs; you want to feel like you're watching a good sitcom; you fantasize about being a rich New Yorker w/rich New Yorker problems.

Don't see it if you want a 90-minute show (if only); you want deep social commentary or political undercurrent; you crave diverse casting.

85
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent

See it if you love dogs, for one. It's a fun show, well acted and staged, but if you love dogs you will adore this show.

Don't see it if you don't love animals. It's a fun, insightful show, but if you're not an animal lover it'll be wasted on you.

74
Funny, Quirky

See it if You love dogs and/or sitcom type comedy.

Don't see it if You will have a hard time imagining the young actress as a dog or just generally dislike pets.

80
Entertaining, Great acting, Hilarious, Fluffy, Absorbing

See it if If you want an amazing cast and just really great dog humor.

Don't see it if If you don't like dogs or plays.

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.

80
Charming, Clever, Funny

See it if you love dogs or great physical comedy.

Don't see it if you're not in the mood for a mostly conventional living room play about middle class white people.

80
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if you have ever owned a dog. Enjoy light-hearted and heart-warming comedies with great performances.

Don't see it if you prefer more resonant and profound theater.

85
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if I actually saw the original with Sarah a Jessica Parker as Sylvia. I loved it and loved her .

Don't see it if Mathew Broderick is in it...he hurts my teeth.

63
Cliched, Dated, Funny

See it if Annaleigh Ashford. Robert Sella. You can let the jokes that land carry you through all the ones that don't.

Don't see it if This play really didn't deserve a revival. The material is dated and even the "timeless" humor feels uninspired and saved by the actors.

79
Funny, Great writing

See it if You appreciate a funny revival with good writing.

Don't see it if You have another show you'd prefer to see. This is slightly dated which can also be a turn off.

60
Entertaining, Dated, Disappointing, Funny, Cliched

See it if Happiness is a warm puppy or, as Stoppard wrote, all you need from a play is, "Love and a bit with a dog." Ashford is adorably adoptable.

Don't see it if Sketch material protracted to 2 hours has you scratching the door to get out and Broderick's delivery sounds like Shirley Temple in drag.

80
Delightful, Funny, Fluffy, Cliched, Quirky

See it if You enjoy Annaleigh Ashford (she is always phenomenal) and enjoy a light, funny show.

Don't see it if You need depth to a plot, are bothered by minor sexism, and want more chemistry between the leads.

87
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You want to laugh and see a fun enjoyable show. You have a dog, you know people with dogs.

Don't see it if No reason not to see it

87
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky

See it if Love Matthew Broderick.

Don't see it if if you're not a fan of Matthew Broderick

72
Cute, Amusing, Sweet, Incohesive

See it if for a shoo-in performance for best actress, appreciate a clever and mostly successful conceit, for scenes w Greg and Sylvia (and some Kate)

Don't see it if Want to avoid whiplash btw over-the-top and benignly inert performances, want a coherent directive/narrative style, hate Gurney saccharine

76
Delightful, Fluffy, Quirky, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you want a breezy stroll, with a somewhat unhinged furry companion, through the anxiety of life in transition for empty nest Manhattanites.

Don't see it if you want to (cerebrally) chew on your plays like a dog with a bone.

65
Disappointing, Fluffy, Annoying, Uneven acting, Ok

See it if You love dogs, don't mind Matthew Broderick's one-note, uninvolved acting style, and can get a major discount.

Don't see it if unless you LOVE Matthew Broderick & would also leave your spouse for a dog. He reads lines but doesn't add any emotion or humor. He bored me

90
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Charming

See it if You like to laugh and want to be charmed by a fun, light play.

Don't see it if You expect a big huge Broadway production.

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

76
Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You love dogs and wonder what they are thinking. This show is very clever and very funny. Matthew anna and the rest of the cast were great!

Don't see it if Younger than 15, a lot of cursing

65
Clever, Funny, Raunchy, Quirky, Intelligent

See it if you like annaleigh ashford or want to see something funny

Don't see it if you want an intense drama

70
Entertaining, Cliched, Dated, Funny, Predictable

See it if -you like light, silly comedy -you're a fan of Matthew Broderick, Annaleigh Ashford, Julie White, or Robert Sella. - you love dogs

Don't see it if - you're with children (too much talk of F***ing) -you're looking for a serious play with substance

82
Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Original, Refreshing

See it if you'd like to think about relationships with pets.

Don't see it if you won't be able to get past Matthew Broderick's non-performance.

78
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if Very cute if you are a dog lover. Should still be off Broadway but if you want a fun evening, love your dog and get discounted tickets, go.

Don't see it if If you don't particularly like dogs and want a drama.

86
Funny, Entertaining, Enchanting, Original, Refreshing

See it if You like a quirky show with engaging characters. The actress was perky and cute.

Don't see it if You are not interested in a story centered around a dog


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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