Best Play Orange County 2011 - 'The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia?,' the Chance Theater
It was a play about an apparently happily married man and loving father who falls in love with a goat. Yes, a real goat. But in the hands of American theater's most idiosyncratic writer, Edward Albee, the 2002 play The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia? turned out to be a great deal more. The Chance Theater mounted (heh-heh) the show last September (it was running during the 2010 Best of OC issue, making it ineligible for Best Play consideration), with director Marya Mazor eloquently navigating her top-notch, four-person cast through waters that could have easily capsized a production that aimed only for the shocking, dark-hued tones of the comedy. It was a serious, well-measured take on a very strange play that was far more about human-on-human love than man-on-goat romance.