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Matthew Broderick on Embracing ‘the Dog Thing’ in Broadway Play ‘Sylvia’

Matthew Broderick Sylvia Play
Patrick James Miller for Variety

Matthew Broderick is becoming as much a fixture on Broadway as the TKTS booth. After nine months in starry smash “It’s Only a Play” last season, he’s back this fall in dog comedy “Sylvia,” the original 1995 Off Broadway production of which starred his wife, Sarah Jessica Parker. On screen, he toplines the latest Neil LaBute film, “Dirty Weekend,” and he’s got a part in the upcoming Warren Beatty film about Howard Hughes.

Do you have a dog?

We do. A dog named Kissy. Named by a child, as you might guess.

Do you see any of Kissy in the dog in “Sylvia” (played on Broadway by Annaleigh Ashford)?

I particularly saw my dog in the first production, because it was my dog at the time. But of course Annaleigh’s doing her dog. She does a very good, passive aggressive, I-don’t-wanna-roll-over roll over.

Does anyone from the original production have any advice for you now?

I’m sure Sarah will, once she comes to see it. And I’m told you really have to embrace the dog thing. You really have to go for it.

You must have had a great time in “It’s Only a Play,” to be back on Broadway so quickly.

I’ve been in shows by Neil Simon and Mel Brooks, and there were some moments in “It’s Only a Play” when I got laughs as big as I’ve ever heard. My character got asked, “What wouldn’t you do for a good review?” And my line was, “Put a bag over my head and I’d f— you, for one.” For some reason people just loved that.