A.R. Gurney’s Sylvia
MARCH 8-APRIL 22, 2018
The Great American Melodrama in Oceano is a professional theatre entertaining guests since it first opened its doors in the summer of 1975. Performances at the Melodrama are fun for the whole family. Guests arrive and are ushered to their seats to the sounds of live, honky-tonk style piano. The snack bar is open prior to the show and during intermissions. It serves stadium-style fare such as soda, beer, wine, nachos, hot dogs, and popcorn. The snack bar is staffed by the actors performing that night, adding to the lively, interactive feel.
A night at the Melodrama gets you two shows for the price of one. Each night the actors perform a two act play – typically comedies, musicals, and spoofs – and follow it with an original vaudeville revue stuffed with song, dance, and comedy. As the theatre’s name suggests, shows are performed in a classic melodramatic style, with patrons cheering the hero and boo-ing the villain. An evening at the Melodrama promises affordable fun and laughs for all ages.
This Spring, guests will be treated to A.R. Gurney’s Sylvia, in which we meet lead characters Greg and Kate who live a relatively happy life in New York City. Then Greg finds a dog in the park—or she finds him—bearing only the name “Sylvia” on her tag. A street-smart mixture of Lab and Poodle, Sylvia becomes a major bone of contention between husband and wife. She offers Greg an escape from the frustrations of his job and the unknowns of middle age. To Kate, Sylvia becomes a rival for affection. And Sylvia thinks Kate just doesn’t understand the relationship between man and dog. The marriage is put in serious jeopardy until, after a series of hilarious and touching complications, Greg and Kate learn to compromise, and Sylvia becomes a valued part of their lives.