“‘I love to tell the story,…'” Memorable Fancies #1680

“Our priests and wise men are ruining the tales they tell us,” the people say, “those old stories we heard as children, so beautiful and profound. “No, now the priests and wise men insist that these are not Tales, but Fact. “That is how they ruin them.” [Click ‘Random Post’ above – be astonished] … [Read more...]

“Actors All Speak at Once” / Memorable Fancies #19

The actors all speak at once. Plays are shorter that way. The audience is pleased, because they never liked the plays this troupe produced, anyway.  [Click ‘Random Post’ above – be astonished] … [Read more...]

“The Playwrong” / Memorable Fancies #1558

She claimed to be a serious playwrong, a dramatwist, an intermissionary and a hacktress too, though seldom scene; but she was just a drama queen. [Book ad: The year’s hottest new TV series is a reenactment of a famous murder trial ... but was there more involved than murder? A plot to take over the U.S. government? Read Try Try Again.] … [Read more...]

“Relic” / Memorable Fancies #1488

It is said that whatever touches a holy relic becomes itself a relic, and holy: a saint’s robe, for instance. And then a hanger the robe was hung on. And the closet that held the hanger. The house that held the closet that held the hanger that held the robe that clothed the saint. The contagion spreads ... the world ... Everything but us?      <END> Buy it at amazon.com/author/terencekuch: Four Christian Plays, available for church or other non-profit production without … [Read more...]

“Happy Birthday, World!” / Memorable Fancies #1355

According to the computations of James Ussher, Archbishop of Armagh, (lived 1581-1656), the first day of creation began at sundown on October 22, 4004 B.C. and was concluded the following day, the world having been created overnight, ready for the ensuing creation of rain and fishes and people and things. Other authorities placed the beginning of creation at 12 noon on that date; but Ussher followed the Jewish custom marking the beginning of each day at sundown; therefore the “day” of … [Read more...]

“Wouldn’t you…?” / Memorable Fancies #1290

Hypothetical questions are a kind of verbal terrorism beloved of courtroom lawyers and politicians. Wouldn’t you say so? <END> Buy it at amazon.com/author/terencekuch: Four Christian Plays, available for church or other non-profit production without fee. … [Read more...]

“Audience Response” / Memorable Fancies #809

[“Theatre’s functions of surveillance...” – Alain Badiou]     The audience is scanned to see who is laughing when, when a lip wrinkles, when a fleeting look of disgust or annoyance or boredom crosses a face. These observations are fed into the next evening’s production, and the next.     Eventually, perfection is reached and only a vapid pleasure survives. <END> THE SUNDAY PITCH If you liked this post, please tell your friends and share a comment here or in StumbleUpon, … [Read more...]

“Luck” / Memorable Fancies #545

     The down-on-his-luck actor played an actor down on his luck in a new play. The reviewers were unkind. I guess that was just more bad luck, said the down-on-his-luck actor. <END>      If you liked this post, please tell your friends and share a comment here or in StumbleUpon, Reddit, Facebook, or other social websites.      Subscriptions to this blog are available at www.amazon.com/author/terencekuch or at www.bit.ly/Fancies. – or you can just Follow this blog. You can also … [Read more...]

“A Problem with Outdoor Matinees and 84-Word Sentences” / Memorable Fancies #470

     As any Athenian, I am partial to the theatre, especially to those final scenes where a god saves the day and resolves all those knotty plot problems. Any of the multitude of gods may appear, but for only one do we post a warning in advance of the show: Phoebus Apollo. If we were to look directly at him we would be blinded. At least, some people think so. That is why in our dramas the custom is to look away and hear only his voice. Ah, but this is surely just some old superstition from long … [Read more...]

“The Re-Enactment” / A Memorable Fancy #418

[“...re-enactments. With actors recreating the postures, sounds, and ensuing mayhem ...” – Pil & Galia Kollectiv]      The producer wishes to re-enact the famous play where there was a riot, with many injured and a few dead.      “How realistic do you want this to be?” the director asks. “If we advertise it as a re-enactment, then ticket-holders will know that some of them, at least, may die. The original production wasn’t that way, of course; the catastrophe was a complete surprise. … [Read more...]

“Prediction” / A Memorable Fancy #387

     Tronn returns home from seeing a play. He takes off his shoes and creeps up the stairs in his stocking feet. There is a voice: “How was the play?” Tronn answers, “There is a scene where the male lead takes off his shoes and creeps upstairs in his stocking feet. Then a voice calls out: ‘How was the play?’ The actor replies ‘dull and predictable.’” Tronn realizes that the play was dull and predictable, too. As is his life. <END> If you liked this post, please tell your friends. … [Read more...]

“Tragedy” / A Memorable Fancy #379

It is an ancient time, the first time actors pretend that there is no audience. This is new. Always before, in all those past centuries, the actors declaimed toward the audience, addressed us. This new way of acting is both revolutionary and insulting. Audiences boo at it. After all, those actors are ignoring us, are saying their best lines to each other, not to us. We paid admission, so we should be acknowledged, spoken to. We are the ones, after all, who are expected to applaud. But the … [Read more...]

“The Tip” / A Memorable Fancy #377

[Scene in a diner in the manner of David Mamet. Characters are: A, an unsuccessful criminal; B, a successful criminal; and Waiter.] (A enters and sits down across a table from B) A: Fries any good here? B: Thought about our deal? A: Yeah, or I wouldn’t be here – right?                Waiter: Who had the chili? B: Maybe for the chili? A: Cut the crap. “Inside tip,” you said. B: Inside tip. Six figures. At least. A: Quite a deal.                 Waiter: Ketchup you … [Read more...]

“The Playgoer’s Dream” / A Memorable Fancy #059

     There is a prop or two on stage: perhaps a stool turned backward. Mist rises from under-stage machines. Experts have assured the theatre manager that no toxic chemicals are involved, or at least that none will, under normal circumstances, reach the audience. Nonetheless, physicians are in attendance.     At last the house is full. The audience shifts uneasily in its seats. Coughs ring out from those who suppose, vainly, that by coughing at this permitted time no coughs will issue from them … [Read more...]

“The Actor Dreams – II / A Memorable Fancy #064

The actor dreams: All the others on stage know what to say, how to move. Only the others know what to say, how to move. Perhaps he has rehearsed the wrong play. Perhaps he has come onstage at the wrong cue, or through the wrong door. Perhaps he has rehearsed a character meant for someone else. Perhaps it is not only actors who have fears such as these.     … [Read more...]

“The Actor Dreams – I” / A Memorable Fancy #055

  The actor dreams: The audience files in and finds their seats. The play begins. Every word the heroine says brings forth gasps of appreciation, wild applause. When I speak, there is coughing. <END> ... If quoting or reprinting, please credit www.terencekuch.com. See www.terencekuch.net for a profile of the author, publications, reviews, etc. His speculative fiction novels * may be purchased in paperback or Kindle formats via his Amazon author page, … [Read more...]

“No One on Stage” / A Memorable Fancy #053

In the great theatre of the capital there is no one on stage. Lights up, then dim. Three down-spots converge as if in conspiracy, then scatter as a fourth creeps in from stage left, tries to overhear. Voices are heard, soft then loud. There are heart-rending cries, laments and swearing, inexorable dissonances and insupportable music, lustful enumeration of body-parts shouted as if in a noisy bar. “What in hell is this?” one asks. Others merely nod. “Yes, yes.” [– after Piero … [Read more...]

A Memorable Fancy #47b: Unseeing a Play

     They attend the famous theatre and see the play. It begins. It ends. Months later, they still cannot get the play out of their heads – like a song but longer, more intense. Each audience member feels – knows – that the play was about him, his flaws, the miserable cheat he’s been, the sins he thought no one knew....      Finally, they return to the theatre. They demand to unsee the play, to take their fear and pity back. They are permitted this indulgence. Then they look at each other, … [Read more...]

“The Audience Acts” / A Memorable Fancy #022

The actors are very still. At first, the playgoers are patient. But then there are coughs, and wheezings and whisperings, shouts of disparagement, shifting and shuffling in the seats. The actors begin to move. They imitate the shuffling and shifting. They hear the whispering and shout the words. Someone in the audience gets up to leave. An actor exits right. <END> . NOW PUBLISHED from Ink Smith Publications, available on Amazon: Terence Kuch’s second novel, See/Saw - a sci-fi … [Read more...]

“Actors All Speak At Once” / A Memorable Fancy #019

  The actors all speak at once. Plays are shorter that way. The audience is pleased, because they never liked the plays this troupe produced, anyway. <END>  ... Read Terence’s Kuch’s At All Adventure: An Alternative Gospel – for Kindle at Amazon.com. Review Copies Available.   … [Read more...]

“Epiphany” / A Memorable Fancy #143

The play was over. Right? The actors bowed, the curtain closed. But what had happened? Act I had been promising, with vivid characters and an intricate but engaging plot. In Act II complications occurred, threats, secrets, conspiracies, the occasional hint of sex. Audience members caught themselves holding their breath in anticipation. But then, Curtain. What? Just when we were about to get to the whole point of the play! The audience stood up, dazed, cheated, began to file out. Life always … [Read more...]

“Act II” / A Memorable Fancy #099

The playwright knows: If there is an audience in Act I it must be used in Act II. The problem is that most of the audience has not stayed for Act II.   … [Read more...]

“The Actor Dreams – III” / A Memorable Fancy #074

  The actor dreams about the desperate gestures of the stage manager, the facial twitches of the other actors as they hint to him what his next lines are, the lines he has forgotten, the lines he never knew ...   … [Read more...]

“Unseeing a Play” / A Memorable Fancy #047

They attend the famous theatre and see the play. It begins. It ends. Months later, they still cannot get the play out of their heads – like a song but longer, more intense. Each audience member feels – knows – that the play was about him, his flaws, the miserable cheat he’s been, the sins he thought no one knew.... Finally, they return to the theatre. They demand to unsee the play, to take their fear and pity back. They are permitted this indulgence. Then they look at each other, wondering … [Read more...]