Sylvia, a comedy by A.R. Gurney, will be performed at Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica beginning Friday, May 20 through July 10.

Performances are scheduled at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 5 p.m. Sundays on the main stage at Edgemar, 2437 Main St., Santa Monica.

The play tells of Greg and Kate, who are “empty-nesters” in the big city. On a walk in the park, Greg is adopted by Sylvia, a “bouncy, frisky poodle mix.” But Kate comes to feel that she is losing Greg to his new best friend who just loves to be petted, scratched, and talked to. The play gives an imaginative twist on Greg’s midlife crisis as well as insights into the nature of love, marriage, jealousy, and dogs, a theater spokesperson describes.

Tanna Frederick stars as Sylvia, while Stephen Howard plays Greg and Cathy Arden portrays Kate. Actor Tom Ayers plays the three other characters.

The play is directed by Gary Imhoff and produced by Alexandra Guarnieri.

Admission is $25. Tickets for the opening night gala are $50, including champagne, hors d’oeuvres and dessert, with proceeds benefiting the animal rescue charity New Leash On Life.

For reservations, (310) 392-7327. Information,