Theatre students perform small play
By Allyson Betot
University Theatre presented A.J. Gurney's "Sylvia" on Feb. 16-19 on the main stage at Givens Performing Arts Center.
"Sylvia" is about a man, Greg, who confides in his dog, Sylvia, until she becomes almost human. This relationship starts to come between Greg and his wife, creating marital tension.
Over 360 people total were in attendance for the four days. Audience members were seated in an intimate setting on stage with the actors.
"It's an up close and personal setting. It's more intimate. We're bringing the theater to the people. It's a better experience," said stage manager Rob S. Sechler.
"Sylvia" is a small play with only four actors. It deals with various social issues, including marriage, counseling, gender identification and extra marital affairs.
"I feel like people will definitely relate to this play because it's about life. It's about normal people and normal things," said actor Nicci Chirico.
"I liked the symbolism. The play flowed really well," said James Loft II of Fayetteville.
Audience members laughed throughout the play due to its comic relief, despite the seriousness of the issues at hand.
"I thought it was hilarious. I cracked up the whole time," said Ryan Hauth of Fayetteville.
Due to some explicit content, a few audience members left at intermission.
"They are free to go if they are offended. Or free not to come. We had a disclaimer about language in our advertising," said director Holden Hansen.
The character Sylvia is played by Nikki Frabott. She came to life on stage as a dog every night.
"It's not so much that her doggie tendencies were hard to act, it was her emotions that were demanding," said Frabott.
The set changes use two ways of changing scenery. A pulley system was used to bring on the furniture for the apartment scenes and stage hands were used for the rest of the scenes.