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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

95
Clever, Original, Quirky, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if ...you like to laugh and love good acting. Anna leith Ashford is amazing and oddly convincing as a dog, the rest of the cast is also great.

Don't see it if ...you are not willing to stretch your imagination to believe in a dog who is not wearing a dog costume and who speaks with her owners.

75
Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You're looking for a light-hearted comedic play. It's an original concept (a talking dog) that works. The audience laughed a lot. Sweet.

Don't see it if Broderick is pretty terrible in it but Annaleigh Ashford shines. It's a small cast but the story was surprisingly delightful.

85
Entertaining, Delightful

See it if 🐶 enjoyed Sylvia. If you love dogs you will love It too!! Again analeigh Ashford is terrific!

Don't see it if You are allergic to long hair dogs!!

70
Funny, Quirky, Fluffy, Great cast carrying a talentless star, Upper middle class problems

See it if You want to watch Annaleigh Ashford have a lot of fun for two hours.

Don't see it if You want to see Matthew Broderick do anything more than leisurely stroll his way through the evening.

92
Delightful, Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting

See it if Great cast, enchanting

Don't see it if You hate dogs

95
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

70
Hilarious, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You are a dog lover, lover of Annaleigh Ashford or comedies

Don't see it if You want to see a more serious play, or if you can't sit through a play that is a bit longer than it needs to be

75
Funny, Bizarre, Slight, Quirky, Fluffy

See it if You want a perfectly harmless commercial comedy. This ain't a magnum opus, but it goes great with a nice brunch.

Don't see it if You prefer serious character depth and strong dramatic tension.

79
Delightful, Entertaining, Fluffy, Funny, Clever

See it if You enjoy clever comedies. Annaleigh Ashford as Sylvia, the dog is outstanding . She carries the show.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of light comedy with subtle, engaging messages.

90
Clever, Enchanting, Funny, Quirky, Delightful

See it if High caliber actors. Some working harder than others... Neat staging. Little weirdness with the chemistry if you forget she's actually a dog

Don't see it if It's a little cutesy and precious, but darn it if I didn't tear up at the tribute at the end.

97
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

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.

73
Funny, Great staging, Fluffy, Cute, Hilarious

See it if You enjoy Matthew Broderick. Or if you like cute, humerous, fluffy plays, that lack substance but provide entertainment. If you love dogs

Don't see it if You don't like Broderick. Or Can't handle Vulgar/raunchy language; If you prefer serious, sophisiticated theater.

80
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if You have or have ever loved an animal. You have ever been in love, in a long term relationship or have experienced empty nest syndrome.

Don't see it if Not for children as they do curse (a lot). You can't appreciate a story with an epiphany & happy ending

90
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky

See it if you have ever had a dog! Dog owners will appreciate getting inside a dog's mind.

Don't see it if you can't get over the conceit that the dog has actual spoken dialogue.

75
Clever, Funny, Raunchy, Slow

See it if You love dogs and your's isn't an animal but a person! You're "competing" with a dog for affection. You enjoy plays with no social message.

Don't see it if You are offended by curse words. ( there are a lot of them) You expect Mathew Broderick to deliver a more than monotone performance.

75
Great acting, Clever, Funny, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if You want to see great acting. Annaleigh Ashford is a standout in a stellar cast.

Don't see it if you are prudish about foul language.

80
Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Hilarious, Great acting

See it if You love quirky comedies with a mix of low and high brow jokes or if you are a dog lover.

Don't see it if You are offended by profanity or crude humor

98
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

92
Funny, Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting

See it if you love pets. great acting. portrayal of the dog was excellent.

Don't see it if you don't want to laugh or hate animals.

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.

78
Clever, Entertaining, Dated, Funny, Slow

See it if you have lived w/a dog anytime in your life; watching a great actress capture the nuances of dogs' behaviors. Reminded me of Mimi, R.I.P.

Don't see it if you are tired of Matthew Broderick and dogs are not your thing. This play is told from the viewpoint of a dog.

80
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing, Original

See it if you don't mind the fact that an excellent first act is followed by a weaker second act.

Don't see it if you would mind the above problem. This would have been better as a fast 90 minute one-act.

85
Clever, Delightful, Quirky, Original, Funny

See it if You like dogs, and are interested in seeing something a bit different take place on stage

Don't see it if You don't like dogs, you don't like swearing (Sylvia is a bit of a potty mouth), are bothered by Matthew Broderick

68
Funny, Great acting, Cliched, Delightful

See it if You like dogs and like to laugh

Don't see it if You are looking for something more clever or emotional.


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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