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Greg and Kate have moved to Manhattan after twenty-two years of child-raising in the suburbs. Greg's career as a financial trader is winding down, while Kate's career, as a public-school English teacher, is beginning to offer her more opportunities. Greg brings home a dog he found in the park or that has foun
Paperback, 80 pages
Published January 1st 1996 by Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated (first published November 1st 1995)
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KATE: What a name for a dog! Sylvia.
GREG: No, it fits. I looked it up. It means "She of the woods." (Sylvia is now scratching vigorously.)
KATE: She of the woods has fleas.


Perfection. Truly, the Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? of talking animal plays. (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woof?!?)
Fun to read . . . Fun to watch!

This is a delightful fun romp . . . A unique theatrical satire about marriage and relationships, told and enacted out partially through Sylvia - the family's loveable, but obnoxious dog.

At OKCCC during the late 90s, I played the role of Kate's best friend, Phyllis - the lush. It was a hoot!
Alexander Davidson
Interesting story on a relationship on the rocks when a married couple find themselves finally without kids at home. And no, it's not because of the addition of another woman... Well not exactly. When Greg brings home Sylvia, a dog he bonded with in the park, it throws his world with his wife Kate for a loop. Kate and Sylvia both duke it out for attention from Greg who is clearly oblivious to the problem of having two loves in his life. I would love to see this play because Sylvia is actually pl ...more
G. Derek Adams
A really clever script, that dips into some absurdist territory - I enjoyed it but wished it would have gone farther in that territory. Very affecting for dog-lovers -- somewhat annoyed at the denouement, it felt unnecessary and cheap.
As someone who performed this as Sylvia, I can testify that this piece is brilliantly written and leaves many insights to be found throughout. I fell in love with the piece quickly and have yet to find a way to stop quoting it all the time.
Lots of fun throughout. The notion of dog as mistress -- well what dog owner hasn't been through that? The close is rather too cute and cheesy, given the actual darkness of the play.
Quick paced and honestly funny comedy. I'd love to see it performed.
Add this to my "would die to have the chance to act in" play list.
OCU 2000
I played the wife.
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