RIC Theatre presentation of ‘Sylvia’ on Stage Nov. 14-18  

“Sylvia,” a modern romantic comedy about a marriage and a dog, will be performed at Rhode Island College as part of the RIC Mainstage Theatre series from Nov. 14-18 in the Nazarian Center’s Forman Theatre. Directing the play is James L. “Jamie” Taylor Jr., professor of theatre and chair of the Music, Theatre and Dance Department at RIC.

Starring in the show are student performers Maria Corsini, Nathanael Lee and Sarah Pierce, along with Justin Paige, James L. Burgis II and Corinne Southern. Corsini, Lee and Pierce performed in the recent RIC production of “The Miracle Worker.” Corsini starred as Helen Keller in that production, and, in “Sylvia,” she takes on the title role.

The story centers on the tense triangle created when Greg, who is experiencing a midlife crisis, brings home Sylvia, a dog that looks and talks like a human. Greg’s wife, Kate, is unhappy with the arrival of the new housemate and the complications the canine brings to their marriage.

The play, written in 1995 by A.R. Gurney, has been described as “beautiful, funny, touching and profound.” Actress Sarah Jessica Parker originated the Sylvia role on Broadway.

“This play does it all,” Taylor said. “It makes you laugh, it makes you cry, and it makes you think.”

Performances of “Sylvia” are at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 14-17, and at 2 p.m., Nov. 17 and 18. General admission is $15. Tickets can be purchased in advance via Visa or MasterCard by calling (401) 456-8144 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, or online at www.ric.edu/pfa