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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

78
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if you want to see a perfectly charming, well acted show, you have a dog. I loved it

Don't see it if you're not a fan of quirky, nerdy, occasionally silly shows.

90
Delightful, Great acting, Hilarious, Clever

See it if you want a fun & satisfying night out, need your spirits lifted, or are a dog lover. In fact, if you have a dog, this play is a MUST SEE.

Don't see it if you don't like clever comedies or in general, don't understand why people have pets.

57
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if you like Matthew Broderick, dogs, and tales of life in NYC.

Don't see it if you dislike seeing humans pretend to be animals.

88
Delightful, Hilarious, Funny, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if great show, funny, cute, wonderful

Don't see it if I dozed a little bit, but that often happens to me with non-musicals.

100
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

74
Delightful, Enchanting, Clever

See it if very clever and fun show to see

Don't see it if do not have a good sense of humor

69
Cliched, Fluffy, Insipid

See it if You like silly, nonsensical, overacted and mostly off-base canine humor mixed with flat and formulaic marital difficulties.

Don't see it if You expect creative, clever, nuanced and well-developed humor consistently based on a solid foundation of canine and marital behavior.

77
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You appreciate fun and energy and are a pet owner!

Don't see it if You have no sense of humor and you don't like pets

85
Clever, Funny, Dated, Great acting

See it if you love dogs and dated material that discusses gender roles.

Don't see it if you don't like Annaleigh Ashford. She steals the show!

70
Delightful, Great acting, Slow, Clever, Funny

See it if you want to see fantastic performances from Annaleigh Ashford, Julie White, and Robert Sella.

Don't see it if you want to see a good performance from Matthew Broderick.

79
Enchanting, Great acting, Fluffy

See it if You like AnnaLeigh Ashford. She's adorable!!!

Don't see it if You're not a dog lover.

76
Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You want to witness the side splitting dialogue between a man and his dog.

Don't see it if You are an animal hater and can't understand a relationship between a human and a dog.

90
Delightful, Entertaining, Original, Refreshing, Hilarious

See it if you want to see the most amazing one man supporting cast ever, you love dogs, you have a high Matthew Broderick tolerance

Don't see it if you can't handle aggressive whimsy or dogs that look like pre-children Britney Spears but act like post-children Britney Spears.

55
Funny, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if you're a dog-lover and/or if you're looking for a fun feel-good show. Annaleigh Ashford is stupendous.

Don't see it if you're with young children. Most of the show is tame, but there was an unexpected amount of cursing [not a lot, but more than anticipated].

95
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,

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.

62
Funny, Disappointing, Sophomoric, Insipid

See it if you want to see Annaleigh Ashford command the stage and have fun

Don't see it if you don't like actors chewing the scene; you are uncomfortable with insinuated romance between a human and a dog

85
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if You enjoy comedies and great acting.

Don't see it if You would prefer a show with a more developed plot.

63
Disappointing, Quirky, Slow

See it if you like dogs

Don't see it if you are easily bored

77
Clever, Funny, Fluffy

See it if you love dogs and light comedy!

Don't see it if you don't like dogs--you won't get it!

75
Delightful, Funny, Sweet

See it if you want a heart warming show.

Don't see it if Hate dogs

100
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if You want a good laugh!

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

62
Enchanting, Funny, Slow, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy light comedies with moments of sincerity.

Don't see it if those moments of sincerity need to be more often than not. A nice attempt at the story but lacking in acting depth.

80
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you like Annaleigh Ashford - she's delightful, you like shows about having pets, you are looking for a sweet and funny play

Don't see it if you don't like seeing humans play animals, you want something extremely intellectually challenging

60
Quirky, Great acting, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You love dogs or are considering your midlife crisis. Makes a great case for man's best friend. Whole cast gives a master class in acting.

Don't see it if You don't want saccharine sweet entertainment. It's fairly predictable. Not for the nervous cat owner!


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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