|Patricia Burns stars in the Kelowna Actors Studio production of Shirley Valentine.|
If it did, there'd be a whole lot of people lining up for another kick at the cat, and taking an alternate route down the unpredictable and often rocky highway of life.
Luckily for actor Patricia Burns, she's set for a re-do on stage in her one-woman comedy Shirley Valentine, which proved to be her tour de force performance back in 2006.
Working with director Margaret Gobie of Kelowna Actors Studio, Burns will reprise her role as the middle-aged working class housewife, Shirley, who has fallen into a not-so-comfortable albeit unsurprising, rut.
"It's a really funny and also a very moving play," she added. "Being able to do it again seven years later, with seven years more of life under my belt, makes a difference, too. I'm finding new layers to Shirley that I may have missed before."
"It's like finding a box, opening it and re-discovering an old book that you've forgotten you had, and how much you enjoyed reading it," she explained.
Burns is also revisiting the Kelowna Actors Studio stage after an almost two-year absence, her last production was in the female version of The Odd Couple.
Shirley Valentine, which runs from Wednesday through Sept. 28, has a "some mature language" sticker on it, as well as subject warning, but mostly it's a show about life and what you make of it.
"I think it's about finding what you want out of life, and making it happen," Burns said. "It's about finding a full life, finding yourself in that life, and getting out of a comfortable or uncomfortable rut."
In the show, Shirley carries on conversations with the wall in her kitchen. She talks about her grown children, her husband, Joe, her own past and a most intriguing offer she has received from a girlfriend who has won an all-expenses-paid trip for two to Greece.
Shirley finally works up the courage and the nerve to pack her bags, leave a note for Joe and launches full force into a voyage of self-discovery that awakens the spirit of her younger self and reinvigorates her life and passion.
The newly alive Shirley describes her 'rebirth' as she sits on beach in Greece, talking to a rock, while she anxiously waits to reintroduce herself to Joe.
Gobie added that the play is "a remarkable story of self-discovery, where our heroine finds romance, a new awareness of who she is, and what her existence can become with just a little effort on her part."
"It's a beautifully written, poignant play and look at life, something everyone can relate to, identify with in some way," Burns said.
"And it's not a chick-flick story at all. The guys will get it, and maybe see a bit of themselves in it too."
Being able to reprise her role is "an actors dream come true," Burns added. "I'm very excited, I've never had the opportunity to do it before. As an actor, you do a role, complete the run, leave it and go on to the next one."
Adding to the fun of a 're-do' is the surety of the audience reaction "because I've already experienced it the first time around."
"I know how the audience will react, so you just don't have the stress and the first-time jitters," Burns said. "I already had opening night - seven years ago."
Looking back, Burns recalled how "scared and how really nervous I was then, and it's way better now. "
"This time, I just need to get out there and do my job," she noted.
The award-winning comedy by British playwright Willy Russell debuted in Liverpool before moving to London's West End in 1986.
The first actor to take on the Shirley Valentine role won a Laurence Olivier award for best comedy and best actress; and in New York, the show took a Tony. When it went to the silver screen, Shirley Valentine earned Oscar nominations for best actress and best original song, The Girl Who Used to Be Me, penned by Marvin Hamlisch, Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman.
Later, the movie was picked as top comedy film at the British Comedy Awards, and snagged three Golden Globe nominations.
What: Shirley Valentine, a one-woman comedy with Patricia Burns.
When: Sept. 11-28 with evening performances at 8 p.m. Wednesday - Sunday. Matinees at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Where: Kelowna Actors Studio, Ellis Street, across from the public library.
Tickets: Dinner and show option, or show and dessert. Available at the Actors Studio box office,