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Tycorey Davison and Kloee Shipp portray a couple who adopt a dog in "Sylvia." (Photos by David Roberts)

Caitlynn Davidson and Tycorey Davison provide great performances in the play "Sylvia."

“Sylvia” is a comedy that speaks to you.

One of the biggest human afflictions is loneliness. To feel empty. For some people, the solution is in the bottle of whiskey. For others, it is in textbooks, computers, work. But Greg found Sylvia, a female dog in a New York city park.

He brought the dog home but Kate, his wife, is against the idea of having a dog from the beginning. Her jealousy grows. Jealousy coming from the fact that her husband entrusts Sylvia like a best friend, gifts her like a young female he felt in love with, protects her like a daughter.

Dogs can embarrass people when they are entertaining guests.

It is a “dog-lover” comedy. There are some awe-scenes, where people who treat and name their pets like humans will be pointed out as “biophil,” laughed at, but also understood and justified.

But Sylvia is hard to label. The beauty of A.R Gurney’s comedy is that there are lifetime-themes behind every joke, every character and every awkward situation. Everybody has a Sylvia in his life. A Sylvia that creates conflict with a certain social landscape, or that pushes to sacrifices.

Wade Hughes, the director of the play, went to Arkansas State University to become a profiler for the FBI, he said. But then he went to an audition for extra-credit, he got the audition and never quit theatre after that, he added.

He has been involved in more than 100 productions in his life. He also directed some of the best pieces of Missouri Valley College theatre shows, like “Frog and Toad” and “The Seventh Monarch,” for example. Great job again here, on “Sylvia.”

The end of the show is moving, full of humor and the icing on the cake, a surprise guest appearance.

If I had to give a special thumbs up to something in the show, I would have to give the four of them (counting the big toes) to the actors’ performances.

Tycorey Davison and Tommy Waller provide some outrageously funny moments.

The cast includes:

Kloee Shipp (Kate, the wife) is the career-oriented wife who seems to have a tendency to want to control things but still truly loves her husband.

Tycorey Davison, who also did remarkable work in “The Angels of Lemnos” play, is interpreting Greg the husband, dreamer, a little bit confused by that inner-peace he seeks.

The cute, fresh and funny Caitlynn Davidson is Sylvia, the female dog.

And last but not the least, the gifted Tommy Waller, playing the weirdo sitting in the park, the up-tight friend to Kate, and the (transsexual?) marital counselor. 

They all were really on point when it comes to embodying the characters’ personalities. A lot of people can relate and this one of the secrets of that play.

“Sylvia” is a comedy that speaks to you.

Tycorey Davison and Kloee Shipp portray a couple who adopt a dog in "Sylvia." (Photos by David Roberts)

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Paulene-Wendy Ntsame Assoumou is majoring in Mass Communication and is a member of the Lady Viking basketball program. An international student from France where she graduated from high school in the Literature field, she wants to travel the world and learn sign language. Wendy aspires to be a writer.

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