New York City
Written by Willy Russell, performed by Marjorie Conn.
Shirley Valentine was a hit in London and New York and Conn performed it in Provincetown in 1991 and won an Evelyn Lawson Award for best actress. Shirley Valentine speaks directly to the audience and draws you into her story. She talks about her life as a suburban housewife who finds herself middle aged without the slightest idea how she got there. Then she gets a chance to vacation in Greece. The play is not only funny, it is also moving. Russell, like all the best folk artists, holds up familiar aspects of life for inspection and enjoyment. He is an instinctive feminist and expresses a radical desire for people to improve their lives and see themselves with more dignity. This is what Shirley Valentine achieves and as a result becomes a role model for men and women of all ages. It’s truly a delightful and heart warming play.