Thursday, November 4, 2010

Vocab Paragraph#2: He had finally captured it...

He had finally captured it, the very essence of the character. Giorgio was cast as a 1950’s dilettante named Norm. It was his best friend’s first play and he would have felt bad to turn down the part, even if Norm was an egotistical goober. The play was called “Owlton: An Opus to Obdurateness;” it was about a town, fully populated with dogmatic denizens who only stayed in the town because they were afraid of the diverse thinking of the outside world. Let’s just say, it was full of rowdy arguments, asinine asides, and long-winded doggerel. While there was some witty dialogue and a few heart-wrenching ballads, the script was sloppily put together, much like most of the cast. Giorgio was a professional community theatre actor (he had played Scrooge the last 5 years in the Christmas Special) and the cast was full of know-it-all amateurs straight out of college. The advice he gave them, didactic in nature, was often misconstrued to be nit-picking, nagging, or negligent. The children, as he liked to call them, will realize, once they had seen Giorgio in action, that they were stupid to demur his most helpful advice. His stress seemed to follow an exponential curve as the play progressed and rehearsals began to get longer. His friend knew he was a talented actor and had allowed Giorgio a lot of freedom in the interpretation of all that was Norm. Giorgio had been struggling with being Norm for the entire production and he had finally captured it, the essence of the character. It had come to him as he was practicing Norm’s soliloquy in the final scene. Norm had just realized that he could leave the partisan ways of Owlton and live with other people and had finally come to terms with who he was and exculpated all conflicts; then he bursts into a yowl of pure realization, Norm is Norm! The play closes on his final sound ejaculation. And as Giorgio screamed, his body distended and he found Norm, too. On opening night, Giorgio was giddy for the last scene; he knew it was his best. He had felt like an outcast throughout the entire production, and in that final wily dirge, as if to gainsay all the children’s contempt for him, Giorgio howled into the night, into the audience, into himself. He left Owlton to explore the world; he would be more than a professional community theatre actor, he would be a star.

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