Beginning March 18, Cumberland County Playhouse will present A.R. Gurney’s wildly popular comedy Sylvia. “Year after year, this show is always one of the most consistently requested titles I hear,” said Producer Director Bryce McDonald. “And not only does this production feature a cast of the Playhouse’s best and brightest, but also the return of the phenomenal director Brenda Sparks (The Foreigner).”

Has your pet changed your life? Have you ever wondered what she’s thinking when she stares up at you and tilts her head? Could she have the secret to understanding the world at large and your place in it? Or is she just more interested in how your shoe tastes? This modern romantic comedy begins when Greg (Artistic Director Britt Hancock) brings home a dog he found in the park—or that has found him—bearing only the name “Sylvia” on her name tag (DeAnna Helgeson, Peter and the Starcatcher). A street-smart mixture of Lab and Poodle, Sylvia becomes a major bone of contention between Greg and his wife Kate (Weslie Webster, Little House on the Prairie). She offers Greg an escape from the frustrations of his job and the unknowns of middle age. To Kate, Sylvia becomes a rival for Greg’s affection, while Sylvia thinks Kate just doesn’t understand the relationship between man and dog. In an attempt to ease their frustrations, Kate turns to a friend and a therapist, while Greg confides in a fellow dog owner — all three of those roles are played by Jason Ross (Scrooge). This hilarious, charming romantic comedy is a must-see for everyone who has ever welcomed a four-legged family member into their home. Sylvia plays through May 1, is rated PG-13, and is sponsored by Bob & Jaye Emrick, Adventure Theater.