Sylvie by Jovanka Bach

Sylvie by Jovanka Bach


Review Quote from the Hollywood Reporter

“A searing emotional-psychological play by Jovanka Bach.”


Review Quote from Las Vegas CityLife
December 20, 2007

Brashear is a stunning performer, lending Sylvie an aching fragility. With a coltish exuberance at the start of each affair, Sylvie sucks up attention the way others do oxygen, but Brashear reveals a woman whose heart is a trembling eggshell. You can feel her collapsing, one failed relationship at a time, and though Sylvie defines neediness and victimhood, Brashear never lets that blind us to her pain. When she finally unravels, shaking, sobbing and staring at a gun, her anguish reaches in and twists your gut.

The male supporting cast provides strong portrayals, but the most entertaining is Combs' schlubby, middle-aged Oscar. Visually, he's an exquisite buffoon -- potbelly jiggling inside a loud pink shirt and blobbing over ugly polyester stretch pants that bottom out into ridiculous white shoes. Inside that clown outfit Combs creates a neurotic St. Bernard of a man, a compulsive, panic-prone, too-eager-to-be-liked motormouth.

Review Quote from Accessibly Live Off-Line

Jovanka Bach’s SYLVIE, a play about a woman and the four men in her life who discover one another after a tragic incident, performs as a guest production at the Odyssey Theatre.

The setting opens at a hospital waiting room adjacent to an ER room. A woman with child has been shot. She is rushed to the hospital in order to save the child and to save her life. Four strange men appear one by one in the waiting room to check on her well being. Each one holds a hand written letter stating that she is pregnant. It appears that these four, attorney Jefferson Noble (Jaret Sacrey), clay artist Victor Eliot (Brian Knudson), wholesale linen salesman, Oscar “Rodo” Rodente (John Combs), and Michael Fealtry (Danny Dolan), once had a short fling with this woman named Sylvie Prescott (Gillian Brashear). Upon meeting each other, through this unfortunate circumstance, the story is then told in and out of flashbacks, on how these four became intertwined with Sylvie, a person who herself holds a mysterious background. What will become the fate of her and who exactly is the father of her (so-far) unborn child? Questions that were previously unanswered come clean as each man learns about the woman, as well as learning about all the others involved.

This is a melodrama that is very intense and to the point. It’s a short play, clocking in at 90 minutes (including its fifteen minute intermission), but packs a powerful presence. John Stark, spouse of the late playwright, directs this piece in the same intense way as the play was created. The set design by Jaret Sacrey is also simple, consisting of the waiting room and two side settings on each wing of the stage.

Also in the cast are Heather Dechain and Tanya Starcevich in alternating roles, and Joe Morrissey.

Taking everything into consideration, SYLVIE is a play that proves that “less is more."

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