If anybody hears about that jugband doing a concert, please let me know, I will totally pay to see them do 60 minutes of music.
BRIEF ENCOUNTER ABRIDGED From the "Broadway Abridged" Shorts Archives By Gil Varod SCENE: STUDIO 54, A GREAT PLACE FOR INTIMATE PIECES. BUT NOT SO MUCH INTIMATE THEATER. (GET IT? THAT WAS A JOKE ABOUT HOW PEOPLE USED TO HAVE SEX IN STUDIO 54.) BRITISH MALE I love you, stuffy British female! BRITISH FEMALE I can't! I must instead escape into this curtain and turn into A TWO DIMENSIONAL MOVIE WITH TWO-DIMENSIONAL FEELINGS! BRITISH MALE Wow, now you're a projected image instead of an actor onstage! Is this going to be some sort of exploration of the stylish differences between film and stage, or alternatively, simply a British "Last Action Hero"? BRITISH FEMALE Why, was Last Action Hero SEVERELY UNDERSTATED? EVERYONE IN THE MEZZANINE What? What did you say? We changed our minds. Sometimes plays DO need to be mic'd. YOUNG BRITISH COUPLE We like each other! Are we gonna Do It? OLDER BRITISH COUPLE We also like each other! Are we gonna Do It? YOUNG BRITISH COUPLE Too late, play's half over! Let's quietly tiptoe out of the plot and hope nobody notices. BRITISH MALE Oh British Female, I love you with all of my heart. I love you more than you can ever know. My love for you is stronger than time itself. How many times can I possibly say that to you in as soap-opera-y a way as possible? BRITISH FEMALE As many times as the script allows! BRITISH MALE But alas, the script does not allow me to *show* you how much I love you. Gimmicky projections of waves and choo-choo trains will have to do instead. We see some sort of "stage montage", which is exactly as terrible as it sounds. BRITISH MALE Oh British Female, I must leave you, partially because my wife-whom-we-never-see and I are off to Africa, but probably moreso because British People Never Really Love Anyone. BRITISH FEMALE No, but our love was DIFFERENT-- It was severely uunnndddeeerrrrrsssssttaaaattteeedddd... British Male hops on a projection and rides it offstage. BRITISH FEMALE Oh I'm so sorry about my lost love, also, that people had to watch it! Only one thing will make up for it... She plays a piano which is of course intensely meaningful--like Raul Esparza in Company, but less with the Making Sense bit. ONSTAGE JUGBAND British Female, you may be reading the director's notes wrong. BRITISH FEMALE But it says we need music so people leaving the theater aren't confused as to how this show may or may not have lost all of its charm, atmosphere and tone during its move to Studio 54. ONSTAGE JUGBAND Yes, but if we play another Noel Coward tune we may kick off a second Revolutionary War. HIT IT! Jugband plays arrangements of Don't Stop Believing and Time After Time, and is WORTH PRICE OF ADMISSION IN ITSELF. BLACKOUT.