Tickets now are on sale for two productions announced by Williams Street Repertory, McHenry County’s only professional theater company. Coming to the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake, A.R. Gurney’s “Sylvia” will take the stage May 4-20, and “Ring of Fire” will feature the music of Johnny Cash July 6-Aug. 12.
“Sylvia” is a comedic romp. Greg is a man of middle age, a restless empty-nester who is tired of his job in finance and looking for meaning in his life. Sylvia is an exuberant and beautiful lab/poodle mix, astray in Central Park and looking for a new home. When they meet, it is love at first sight.
But when Greg brings Sylvia home, his wife, Kate, is less than thrilled. This results in an unlikely love triangle between a man, his wife … and his dog. Love and laughter are unleashed in a comedy production described as "smart, silly, sophisticated and occasionally salty."
“This is the second play of Mr. Gurney’s we will be mounting following his death last June. He was truly an amazing playwright and friend,” Founding Artistic Director Richard Kuranda said. “Initially, we had planned on producing ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ but the impending Broadway revival changed our plans. In hindsight, I’m glad because I think everyone could use a laugh right now."
Pulled straight from the iconic songbook of Johnny Cash, “Ring of Fire” is a unique musical about love and faith, struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption and home and family.
A multi-talented cast performs more than two-dozen classic hits – including “I Walk The Line,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Folsom Prison Blues” and the title tune – to paint a musical portrait of The Man in Black.
Although he is never impersonated, Cash’s remarkable life story is told through his music, "climaxing in a concert that will both move and exhilarate," according to a press release.
" 'Ring of Fire’ is not just about the famed, ‘Man in Black.’ It’s also about the generations that grew up with his distinct style of music and the generations that still identify with his unique style of rhythm and blues,” Kuranda said. “This musical is a part of our collective American story. It's a chance for everyone to come together through amazing music and a great night out.”
Tickets for both productions start at $35.50. For tickets and information, including exact production dates and times, visit www.wsrep.org.