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They are a happily married couple in their mid-40s who have survived the hippie era and now are New Age novices. Such is the saga of Sylvia and Paul, who make up one of the couples in the hilarious "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus" at the Flamingo Las Vegas.
Sylvia is played by Jenny Giocomo, a veteran of musical theater who was in the original cast of "Hello Hollywood Hello" at the MGM Grand in Reno. Paul is portrayed by Erick R. Walck, whose credits include movies, television, stage, commercials and a stint as lead singer in "Jubilee!" at Bally's.
While they aren't actually married to each other, offstage they are very good friends who adore working with each other. "I hope the warmth translates over to the audience," Giocomo says.
The show is based on John Gray's best-selling relationship book, Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus. The musical comedy features five couples, all friends, ranging in age from their 20s to their 50s, and the day-to-day struggles each relationship goes through. Via a series of catchy tunes with whimsical lyrics by two-time Emmy Award-winning composer Rita Abrams, the audience gets a comical look at relationships from first dates through the married years.
"This is not a seminar, it's a night of theater," Walck says, noting the essential ingredients: "There are laughs and fun."
Adds Giocomo: "This isn't a (meditation) seminar, it's live theater.
"Sylvia is very straightforward. She was probably a hippie in the '60s and now is the one who brings a covered dish to every party. I bet she has read every single word John Gray wrote and injects that into her relationship with Paul.
"I can go out on a limb with her," Giocomo continues. "She is the ultimate baby boomer and her marriage to Paul is a very happy one. I am really incredibly happy in my own married life, so I can bring lots of myself to this role."
Doing the show, Walck says, "is like going to therapy every night! It's funny, but at the beginning of the show we can see the looks of the men in the audience and they seem to be questioning what they got dragged into by their wife or girlfriend.
"By the end of the show, couples are sitting closer, holding hands, or the man has his arm around the woman's shoulder--it's cute."