Last week, the financially struggling Sonoma County Repertory Theater announced that it would close its Sebastopol theater after its final performance of “Cyrano” on Feb. 20.
That means, of course, that the half-dozen shows scheduled there for the rest of the year are left without a home.
Except for one.
Mary Gannon Graham’s reprise of the one-woman show, “Shirley Valentine,” about a middle-aged English housewife searching for freedom, was scheduled to open in Sebastopol this spring.
Instead, “Shirley Valentine” will run May 27-June 18 at the Cinnabar Theater in Petaluma, replacing Cinnabar’s scheduled production of “Enchanted April.”
Information: (707) 763-8920, www.cinnabartheater.org.
If you haven’t seen Graham in this show, you should.
To quote my own review of her 2008 performance of “Shirley Valentine” at the Rep:
“If there’s only one actor, it had better be the right one. When the one chosen is Mary Gannon Graham, a dynamic performer since her early shows at Santa Rosa Junior College in the ’80s, all is well.”
And to quote the fictional Shirley, on the subject of her husband: “He’s not bad, my fella. He’s just no bleedin’ good.”
It’s a funny and touching show.