Theater- and animal-lovers alike are invited to howl with laughter while supporting the P.A.W.S Animal Adoption Center. A.R. Gurney's comedy “Sylvia” will be presented one weekend only at The Boathouse, 34 Commercial St. at Steamboat Landing. The benefit performances will be Friday, Oct. 26 at 8 p.m.; and Saturday, Oct. 27 at 3 and 8 p.m.

“Sylvia” is directed by Larraine Brown with accomplished actor Amanda Raleigh starring in the title role, supported by an outstanding cast. Brian Ross portrays Sylvia’s owner, Greg; Jennifer DeJoy plays Greg’s wife Kate; and the highly talented Jeff Brink will be reprising his multi-gendered performance in the play’s three additional roles. Due to occasional strong sexual language and content, “Sylvia” is not recommended for attendance by children; grownups, however, will be most amused.

Tickets are $20, available in Belfast at The Loyal Biscuit Co., the Colonial Theatre, City Drawers and Left Bank Books; and in Camden at The Loyal Biscuit Co. and HAV II.

An ongoing animal art picture sale and auction, overseen by talented entertainer and auctioneer Eric Sanders, will take place before each of the shows with proceeds going to the P.A.W.S Animal Adoption Center. An animal adoption event will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, along with the Pack the Pickup challenge being sponsored by Dutch Chevrolet and The Loyal Biscuit Co.

Information will be displayed about the shelter's expansion plans and comprehensive animal services for Belfast and surrounding areas throughout the weekend. P.A.W.S. contracts with eight Midcoast towns to take in stray or lost animals — Belfast, Northport, Searsmont, Camden, Rockport, Lincolnville, Islesboro and Liberty. For more information about “Sylvia” or any of the other events surrounding it, call Lisa Dresser at 236-8702.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or