“‘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...]

“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...]

“Aside” / Memorable Fancies #748

       In the theater, the playgoers hear the players speak with each other, sometimes also listen to their thoughts as they speak them aside, pretending that the other actors do not hear.        Back home, a couple who had enjoyed the play speak with each other. Each imagines speaking aside, addressing their own imaginary audience.        Each imagines that the other is listening. <END> THE FRIDAY PITCH If you liked this post, please tell your friends and share a comment … [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...]