Show runs April 5-13 on Elm Street

SOUTHBRIDGE — Gateway Players Theatre presents “Sylvia,” written by A. R. Gurney.

Performance dates are April 5, 6, 12, 13 at 7:30 p.m. and April 14 at 2 p.m. All performances will be held at the Fellowship Hall of Elm Street Congregational Church, 61 Elm Street, Southbridge. Parking is available on Elm Street, or in the parking deck behind the Southbridge Town Hall.

This comedy is directed by David Corkum, produced by Bill Guy, while Diane Servant serves as stage manager.  The cast includes Nika Tomasic, Billy Bolster, Joan Stewart, Teresa Simpson, Barb Lammert, and Luis Aviles. Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for seniors and youth under 18. Tickets may be reserved by calling Gateway at 508-764-4531. Online credit card ticket sales will be available in the near future at www.brownpapertickets.com.

Presented by permission through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, 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 nametag. 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. And Sylvia thinks Kate just doesn’t understand the relationship between man and dog. The marriage is put in serious jeopardy until, after a series of hilarious and touching complications, Greg and Kate learn to compromise, and Sylvia becomes a valued part of their lives.

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