Saturday, February 13, 2010

Rained In

Why not make the best of things? Any fool can make the worst of them.

Charles Bromley
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Many years ago I was performing in a play at the Charles Playhouse in Boston. We had a Wednesday matinee on our schedule. On one particular Wednesday it was raining. By 2:30 in the afternoon it was a major tempest. The rain was so heavy it was loud. When we looked out at the audience we saw that there was only one person there, an older woman sitting on the side about halfway up.

Now in some theatres it's common practice that if the actors outnumber the audience the producers will cancel the performance. But the producer came back stage and told us that the woman was a regular customer, that she saw every production, that she lived way out in the suburbs, always sent her check in and got her ticket in the mail, always sat in the same seat and that she had a long drive to get to Boston and would probably not get another chance to see the play.

So we talked it over and decided "What the hell. Let's do it."

We invited her to come down and sit in the front row and we did the play. It was one of the best performances we gave.

After it we invited her to come up on the stage to meet the cast and the crew. She was delighted. She spent about a half an hour with us. She was a charming, gracious woman who told us how much she enjoyed the performance and how grateful she was that we did it for her.

When she left the theatre the rain had stopped and we were a happy group.

DB - The Vagabond
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Weekend Quiz

"A stitch in time is worth two in the bush."

Your assignment is to take two or more grand old sayings, cliches, sage saws or famous quotes and cobble (clobber) them together to make a new and wiser adage or utter nonsense as in the above.

Enter as often as you wish. The decision of the ornery, biased judge is final.

Good luck.
DB
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5 comments:

Ally Lifewithally said...

How lovely you performed the play for that lady I can well imagine how pleased she must have been ~ Ally x

Sue said...

From the sublime, don't do the crime.

mrs. miss alaineus said...

the farmer who wants a free cow puts his eggs in more than one basket


xxalainaxx

Beth said...

That's so cool that you performed for that one lady. What a wonderful experience you gave her!

A penny saved spoils the child.

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

What a remarkable experience for that lady :o)