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Date Night, Act 2
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[Note for audio readers.]Note for audio readers. This is a conversation between two individuals; in order to be more inclusive to varied gender couples, I have not included narrative to differentiate the speakers. Instead, I've used visual formatting which places one speaker to the right of the page, and the other to the left. For listeners, please keep in mind that the speaker changes at each paragraph break.

"I can NOT believe I sat through that."

"It was better than huddling in the rain with miserable dogs."

"I told you, that freak storm came outta nowhere! So what was up with that stage?"

"They’re a low-budget, experimental troupe."

"Yeah, I got that from the lighting scheme - they had two settings: night and just before dawn."

"The settings were represented."

"Yeah, all at once. Couldn’t they afford grips?"

"It’s part of the minimalist gestalt. You bring in all the scenery, all the props — the actors never leave the stage."

"Oh, so that explains the hats. But I didn’t get the settings at all."

"Surely you recognized the setting for his soliloquy? The dawn light over the rose? You needed more?"

"Oh, I don’t know. Maybe some actual lines? And don’t call me Sherly."

"In a play so familiar, everyone could recite the lines for themselves."

"Ah, so THAT’s what all the murmuring was in the audience."

"Yeah, right about when you pulled out your cell phone and started texting."

"I wasn’t texting. I was ..."

"Already planning next week’s date, right?"

"No, I was ..."

"Too bad, because all the whining means you’re setting a higher bar for yourself next week."

"Junior League!"

"That was last month."

"Just tell me this, what was the deal with the dagger? Wasn’t it too short for a duel?"

"No, the crossed canes represented the duel; remember they spotlit those for the one plot-required outdoor day scene?"

"Oh, I thought that was lightning."

"The dagger ended the play — when it reflected the lamplight in red, she fainted as she grabbed it."

"Next week, I swear, the Planet of the Apes made-from-TV movie marathon in Eddy’s Basement!"

"You wouldn’t!"



[Description of Image]An image from the Prague tourism site, of Juliet discovering Romeo dead, in the ballet by Sergei Prokofiev.

This has been an entry for The Real LJ Idol writing competition: the Final Season, Topic 15 : Chekhov’s Gun.

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I can't speak to the staging... but Prokofiev's music for that ballet is glorious. I once went to a community (read, not-professional) production of it just to see it in person.

The choreography was pretty good, at the local representation. And not practically entirely in the dark, which would definitely try a person's patience. There are whole TV shows we watch these days that seem to expect they're being viewed in a dark movie theater on a huge screen. In your living room? Dark on dark. :(

This conversation was completely imaginary. I chose the picture for the minimalist staging.

I don't do dates these days, but if I did, this sounds like what I would do - "I had to see your miserable thing, so now you have to go to MINE." Cute!

Heh. I liked the idea of out-dating one another!

I agree with this statement 100%! XD

Oh dear, sounds like they could have used more lights.

The idea (in my completely imaginary stage play) was to have symbols of each scene spotlighted in turn with the appropriate lighting. Thus, a rose with dawn light for the a rose by any other name speech, and the actors simply posing the emotion of the scene.

Oh, that sounds lovely. Although you'd perhaps have to be at least a bit familiar with the play, to understand all of it.

Ha!Interesting take!Loved the idea and the way you took the prompt..:)

This is a curious format, and an interesting interaction :)

I play conversations in my head all the time, and some of the prompts just come out that way. I don't have a flare for he said/she said or other text wrappings, so when I write a conversation, it just comes out this way.

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