Clever canine

A Man’s Best (Girl) Friend

HOLLISTER HOUND Maremma "Mima" Torrenueva (Sylvia) and Jason Harris (Greg) star in SBSC’s, ‘Sylvia’ running till Feb. 23. Photo: Jenny Arbizu

Audiences are going to the dogs with San Benito Stage Company’s latest production about a man and his best (canine) friend.

A.R. Gurney’s stage play, Sylvia, explores the love-triangle that can occur among empty-nesters and a newly adopted dog. Middle-aged Greg finds beautiful lab/poodle mix, Sylvia, astray in Central Park—and it’s love at first sight. But his wife, Kate, is less than thrilled with him bringing the stray home; even more so after the clever and coquettish canine takes Greg’s attention away from his marriage.

Directed by Duane Holt, and co-produced by Suzanne Proctor and Anne Hall, the show features local actors Jason Harris, Robin Harris, Maremma Torrenueva, and Matt Morrison.

“The actors are very enthusiastic about their roles,” says Proctor, who says the cast has been in rehearsal since December.

Aroma Wine Cellars/Mansmith’s BBQ is hosting the play in its downtown Hollister restaurant at 650 San Benito St. until Feb. 23.

“David Adammo has been incredibly kind and is excited about us using his premises as a stage and to incorporate San Benito Stage Company,” adds Proctor. “It’s good for his business and its good for our business.”

Shows run Fridays through Sundays; evening shows begin at 8pm and matinee shows begin at 2pm. Pre-purchased tickets are available at for $20; tickets at the door are $25. Dinner and drinks can be purchased separately. The show is recommended for mature audiences.For more information contact [email protected] or call 831.636.0122.

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