A modern romantic comedy about a marriage and a dog. Greg and Kate have moved to Manhattan after twenty-two years of child-raising in the suburbs. Greg’s career as a financial trader is winding down, while Kate’s career, as a public-school English teacher, is beginning to offer her more opportunities. Greg brings home a dog he found in the park—or that has found him—bearing only the name “Sylvia” on her name tag. A street-smart mixture of Lab and Poodle, Sylvia becomes a major bone of contention between husband and wife. She offers Greg an escape from the frustrations of his job and the unknowns of middle age. To Kate, Sylvia becomes a rival for affection, while Sylvia thinks Kate just doesn’t understand the relationship between man and dog. A hilarious, charming romantic comedy for everyone who has ever welcomed a four-legged family member into their home.
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Sylvia is a sweet, endearing comedy packed with wisdom and grace. It barks with purpose and wags with joy.
– Tribune Ticket
Dramatic literature is stuffed with memorable love scenes, but none is as immediately delicious and dizzy as the one that begins the redeeming affair in A.R. Gurney's new comedy, SYLVIA.
– NY Times
I can only call it one of the most involving, beautiful, funny, touching and profound plays I have ever seen…
– NY Daily News
Gurney's mad comedy is the most endearing good time to trot down the pike in many a moon. Howlingly funny…
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