The Way to a Man’s Heart

If it worked for Tevye, it will work for Shirley.

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Ben’s neighbor and friend Shirley shows up one morning bearing fresh peach cobbler, a proposal, and news of a surprising visitation.


  • Female: 1
  • Male: 1
  • Total roles: 2
BEN’s neighbor and his late wife’s best friend. A lively woman in her mid-sixties, widowed ten years ago.
A nice man in his late sixties, recently retired. A widower for three years.

Setting & Set Requirements

A kitchen.


  • 2023 – Staged reading, Congregation Bet Ha’am, ME
  • 2023 – Kincaid School, TX
  • 2023 – Eagan Theater, MN
  • 2022 – Parish Players, VT
  • 2019 – Short + Sweet Festival, Syndney, Australia
  • 2017 – Nantucket Short Play Festival, MA
  • 2017 – Lakeshore Players, MN
  • 2016 – Theater Southwest, TX


Shirley: Rachel loved her romances.  Put a muscly man on the cover and some bodice ripping, you can bet she’d read it.

Ben: What is a bodice?  I’ve always wondered.

Shirley: The top part of a lady’s dress, waist to cleavage.  A word you don’t hear so much these days.  Too bad that.  Doesn’t really have the same tingle to say, “With eager hands he tore off her pants suit blouse.”

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