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‘Sylvia’ — exposing the world and its challenges

“Sylvia,” is an hilarious play portraying the common practice of treating or thinking of your dog as a human being.

This show opened with a boom last week at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts, and continues for another three weekends, including Thursday, Friday and Saturday night shows at 7 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m. matinees.

Unlike many other plays, Sylvia is not afraid of exposing the outside world and all its challenges. Thingamajig Theatre Company recognizes that sometimes life is not a joy ride, but a winding road that can and will produce the most unique twisted obstacles for married, single, and lost humans alike (not to mention animals).

After chatting with Laura Moore, the talented actress who plays the dog, Sylvia, who is constantly having to explain to some people who come to visit why it is they need to use profane language their recent series of plays.

First, that is the way the playwright wrote it. He decided it was the best way to capture the scene and have the audience learn about life and the different lifestyles is to use the exact words that bring the mistakes of the story to the audience. That being said, you can obviously understand why Thingamajig feels the need to be true the playwright’s original work about the acts of life, no matter that it makes some uncomfortable.

Why did the directors of Thingamajig decide to produce “Sylvia” for the residents of Pagosa Springs? Simple, it’s a fun fantastic learning experience for all ages. In addition to the dog, one very lively and amusing character was an addicted drunk mental therapist known as Leslie, played by none other than Robin Hebert. What many found funny about Leslie was that he was a man who dressed in women’s clothes, talking in a phony women’s voice, and of course had manly features. Nobody could tell in the play if Leslie was a boy pretending to be a girl, or just a crazed women who was really drunk. Not only were the characters amusing, but so were the parts of the story when they interact. Many people constantly wonder what their dogs are saying when they constantly bark at cats. In the first act, Silvia finds a cat and goes absolutely absurd, yelling cuss words left and right. It makes the audience jump out of their seats when Sylvia, the dog, goes crazy over that stray tomcat under a rusty old imaginary car. It’s easy and satisfying for me to state that Sylvia was a fantastic break for Thingamajig Theatre.

What a great show!

This guest article was written by Micheala Winter, an 11-year-old, visiting from Wyoming. Her dad, a school teacher and one of the board members of the Thingamajig Theatre Company, was working at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts this week on the blocking and choreography for the upcoming PG-family-friendly musical of “A Year with Frog and Toad.” Micheala and her younger sister, Shailynn, have been working in the scenery shop, helping design and build the Kids Summer Theatre Camp’s fabulous Fourth of July float as well as assisting before the productions of “Sylvia.”

The live theatre production “Sylvia” is showing now at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday (doors open at 6 p.m. to enjoy live music and the art gallery) and a Sunday matinee (doors open at 1 p.m.) through July 17. This is a hilarious two-act comedy for anyone who has ever loved a dog or loved someone who has loved a dog.

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