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Sylvia the dog is a bone of a contention in this marriage

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Bedford Off Broadway goes to the dog

Bedford Off Broadway presents A.R. Gurney’s play ‘Sylvia’ Friday through March 17 at Bedford Old Town Hall.

BEDFORD — In playwright A.R. Gurney’s play “Sylvia,” a couple has moved to Manhattan after 22 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 dog, Sylvia is caught between the humans. She offers Greg an escape from the frustrations of his job and the unknowns of middle age. But to Kate, Sylvia is a rival for affection. And Sylvia? She 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, the humans learn to compromise, and the canine becomes a valued part of their lives.

Bedford Off Broadway wags its way through winter with “Sylvia” Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through March 17 at the Bedford Old Town Hall, 2 Meetinghouse Road.

Tickets to the shows are $10 for children, students and seniors and $12 for others. For more details, call 647-2864 or visit