‘Sylvia’: A look at the important connection between man and dog

Greg (Aurelio Martinez) hopes that his dog Sylvia (Sophie Blackburn), and his wife Kate (Jennifer York) will someday be great friends! Good luck with that. Photo by Simon Hunt

Rosemarie Gerould directs A.R. Gurney’s smart and funny tale of mid life crisis, marriage and pet ownership — “Sylvia” — at The Studio Theatre in Sacramento.

Greg (Aurelio Martinez) and Kate (Jennifer York) have entered a new stage of life. Their kids are in college and they now have the freedom to spend time together and on their own personal projects. Kate embraces this chance by creating an exciting program to teach classical works to children in inner cities. Greg is … bored. Sick of his job and with no direction, he spends his afternoons in the park until he meets her … Sylvia (Sophie Blackburn) — an exuberant Labrador/poodle mix, she is the dog that has been missing from his life.

And she doesn’t fit into Kate’s plans at all.

Steve Buri rounds out the cast playing friends and acquaintances of the no-longer-happy couple.

Can a dog solve a man’s problems? Can a dog threaten a woman’s happiness? And what’s the deal with not allowing pets on the furniture anyway?

Continuing their new tradition of celebrating Opening Nights, Bob and Ro Productions will host a free wine-tasting before the Feb. 24 performance. Arrive at 6:30 p.m. to enjoy a glass of wine, a small snack and good company before the show.

Bob and Ro Productions presents “Sylvia” on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. Feb. 24 through April 1. Tickets are $20 general admission, $18 seniors, $15 students, and can be arranged by calling the box office at (877) 532-7171 between noon and 5 p.m. Tuesday through SaSat. Tickets can also be purchased at the door, The Studio Theatre, 1028 R St., Sacramento, CA 95811.

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