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Comedy to Open Geneva Theatre Guild’s New Season

A.R. Gurney’s “Sylvia,” a romantic comedy about a marriage and a dog, will start the Geneva Theatre Guild’s 2006 season in a dinner-theatre production March 3, 4 and 5 at the Belhurst Castle Ballroom.

The story focuses on Greg and Kate, who have moved to Manhattan after 22 years of child raising in the suburbs. He is struggling with the frustrations of his job and the unknowns of middle age. One day he finds – or is found by – a street smart dog, named Sylvia, who follows him home.

Sylvia — cute, frisky loyal and amoral — is played with panache by Laura Feligno of Geneva, an award-winning actress who appeared in the Seneca Community Players’ productions of “Footloose” and “The Vagina Monologues,” and the Guild productions of “Gypsy” and “Nunsense.”

Greg is played by Simeon Goldstein, who recently moved back to Geneva. He has worked on the stage, television and in the movies.

Kate is played by Anne Brown of Geneva, who was part of the cast of the Guild production of “Gypsy,” and is best known as the owner-operator of downtown's Water Street Cafe.

Tom is played by Charles King of Geneva, a graphic designer who received awards for his work in “The Fantasticks,” “Lost in Yonkers” and “Man of La Mancha.” He delighted audiences as Smudge in last year’s production of “Forever Plaid,” a role that won him three TANYS honors.

Directing this production is Pam Rapoza of Geneva, who has received honors for her creative work as the director of “Copacabana,” “Footloose,” “Once on this Island” and “Forever Plaid.”

On Friday and Saturday, doors open for cocktails at 6 p.m. and the buffet dinner will begin at 6:30, followed by the show; $35 per person. On Sunday, the doors open for cocktails at 12:30 p.m., the buffet dinner will be served at 1 p.m., followed by the show; $30 per person. Tickets are on sale in Geneva at Area Records, the Belhurst Castle, Don’s Own Flowers and the UPS Store; and in Seneca Falls at The Copy Shop. Tickets can be purchased on line at, by clicking on Instant Seats.