I want to write more about “Shirley Valentine” – a great performance by Jill Bari loved by three generations of my family – but it’s only 9:30 and I’ve already got 12 hours of work to do today. Gotta love Monday.
But I wanted to mention one thing in praise of director Amy Berlin. I’m always impressed when the intermission music supports the production in distinct ways. Sometimes this is more overt, even a little clumsy; sometimes this aspect of a production seems to be given no thought at all. Ms. Berlin’s selections of songs like “Constant Craving” by k.d. Lang and “Give Me One Reason” by Tracy Chapman were relatively subtle reinforcements of “Shirley’s” thematic arc. It helped from my perspective that these are two of my fave artists of all time (placing my tastes pretty squarely in the 80s…)
These songs also came on right after one of my favorite moments of the show, when Shirley looks at the clock and says, “20 past 2,” and Jill Bari gives a look that is part forlorn and part embarrassed as the lights go down. Very nice.