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Tater Patch Players' "Sylvia" runs through February 14


Greg playing with Sylvia, to Kate's dismay.
By Pat Jewell
Tater Patch Players

    After stating “The dog phase of our life is definitely over” Kate is shocked and angry when her husband, Greg, brings a stray home. Kate and Greg have raised their children and moved to the city, carving out a new life in their careers and social activities.  There is simply no room for a dog in their lives.

    But Sylvia works her way into Greg’s heart, filling an emotional void he feels from his marriage and his big city job. 
    The attraction reaches to ridiculous proportions which causes Kate to experience more and more hurt and disdain. 
    This show will surprise you at every turn. You will meet Tom, a man with sexist views and a dog named Bouser.  Also, you will meet Phyllis, Kate’s best friend.  Sylvia thinks she needs to be friendly with Phyllis so she can prove to Kate how good she is.  Then there is Leslie, the therapist doesn’t get the dog and master bond.  All of the characters come together in the plot to increase the bond between Greg and Sylvia.
    According to director, Stanley O’Kelley, “Many people will tell you that Sylvia is a play about a dog.  It is that, and so much more.  It delves into the relationships, dog to human, human to dog, dog and human to the world at large.  It covers all of the aspects that a good play should cover. 
    Love, comedy, failed communications, relationship missed steps.  It's all there.  This play challenges the actors to perform at their highest levels, to draw the audience in....and transport them into the unfolding story of our inability to communicate with each other, much less our pets. True understanding comes from a place other than our mind and voice.  Where then?  Come. Enjoy Sylvia, as we take you on a magnificent quest for the answer......”
    While funny, Sylvia is not for children as there are adult situations and language.  Show dates are January 29, 30 and February 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14.  The two Sunday shows are at 2 p.m., and the rest are at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $18 for adults and $16 for seniors and $14 for students.  The theater is at 95 Philadelphia Lane, behind the Wal-Mart shopping center. 
    Tickets may be bought online at or at the box office beginning one hour before each performance.          Because of the work they do helping to find forever homes for a the four legged loves of our lives, a portion of all box office receipts for the first weekend's shows will be donated to the Pickens County Animal Shelter.
    Tater Patch Players' Share Night, which is the final dress rehearsal, will be January 28 at 7:30.  In this way the troupe shares with the community members for whom purchased tickets are not possible at this time. 
    In exchange for an opportunity to view the dress rehearsal at no cost, they ask that you bring a bag of non-perishable food or toiletry items to the theater to share with the CARES food pantry. 
    If you would rather give something that the animal shelter needs that night, their wish list is on the Tater Patch Players website and Facebook page.