The cast of Coolum Theatre Players' Sylvia.
The cast of Coolum Theatre Players' Sylvia. John Sheridan

A canine comedy that's much more than puppy love

SYLVIA - billed as a "canine comedy” - will be presented by the Coolum Theatre Players in March.

Greg is a middle-aged man and restless empty-nester, tired of his job in finance and looking for meaning in his life.

Sylvia is an exuberant labrador-poodle-cross he found abandoned at Stumers Creek.

When they meet, it is love at first sight.

But his wife Kate, an English public school teacher with a rising career in the public school system, is looking forward to some independence now that the couple no longer has children to care for at home.

She is less than thrilled by the cunning and flirtatious canine that jumps, slobbers, sits on her couch, and takes Greg's attention away from his marriage.

Sylvia exerts such a charismatic charm that Kate's friend Phyllis is appalled, the marriage counsellor Leslie advocates divorce and euthanasia, and even Greg's new dog-owner friend Tom warns him of the splintering effect a dog can have on the relationship between husband and wife.

It is only when Greg is prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice that Kate is able to see Sylvia not as a threat, but as a new member of her family.

Anyone who owns a family pet will truly enjoy this interpretation and production of Sylvia from director Linda Gefken.

Performances are Friday, March 17, to Sunday, March 26, at Coolum Civic Centre.

Book at or phone 5446 2500.

BYO |nibbles and drinks for the cabaret seating.