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Mid-life crisis 

No one likes getting stuck in a rut, but what if the answer was to simply run away and start over somewhere new? That’s the dilemma facing the titular protagonist in Shirley Valentine, opening at the Pewter Plough Playhouse in Cambria on May 12.

Wondering what has happened to her youth and feeling stagnant and in a rut, Shirley finds herself regularly alone and talking to the wall while preparing an evening meal of egg and chips for her emotionally distant husband. When her best friend offers to pay for a trip for two to Greece, she packs her bags, leaves a note on the cupboard door in the kitchen, and heads out for a fortnight of rest and relaxation. In Greece, with just a little effort on her part, she rediscovers everything she had been missing about her existence in England.

Shirley Valentine will show through June 11. Tickets are $15 or $20. Visit pewterploughplayhouse.org for more information.

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