By Entertainment Reporter
LIZE Ehlers excited the audiences at the National Theatre last week Friday in her role as Meisie Valentine van Mariental a translated and localised Eurocentric plays from the original award-winning romantic comedy drama Shirley Valentine written by Will Russell.
Showcasing Ehlers as Meisie who begins her monologue in a bathrobe and curlers while recalling the days she pronounced the T on Merlot, the play tells the story of a disenchanted receptionist starting down middle age equipped with a bottle of wine and a soul saving sense of humour.
In Meisie Valentine van Mariental Ehlers portrayed Meisie as a hilariously self-deprecating woman as she communicates the story of her unfulfilled life from her kitchen table where Ehlers expertly exemplifies the 42-year-old woman with sad little laughs and confused sentences.
All of this directed at a wall, with her daughter out of the house and her unavailable husband who is more concerned with what is for dinner than he is about her. Meisie always confides into the wall when not chatting to her only friend, Jake Fickle who is a feminist and not beyond booking her friend a trip to Mauritius. Fickle is Meisie’s opposite as well as the life changing spanner in her wedded works which grinds the persistent machine to a stop in a story about the stagnation preceding self-realisation.
The play transformed from kitchen to the seashores of Mauritius with the aid of two blown-up photos and the flipping of screen. Wavering between side splitting observation about marriage which includes the inventible hunt for the lost love, endless expectations, and loneliness, overall the play engages from the beginning and laughs until the end.
Meisie Valentine van Mariental will continue in Walvis Bay at Weylandts Courtyard on December 8 and in Swakopmund at the Yacht Club on December 9. Tickets will be available at the door.
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