Acting 101: Chapter 3– Maybe there are some small parts.

27 Feb

“Many a time audience members come up to me after a show and question my decision to play Pill Garlic. They say — That character is a piffle, a poofter, a sad wallflower of a clown. You should be playing Hamlet or Ahab or at least the lead on one of the CSI shows.”

“After thanking them for their droll if heartfelt comments I set them straight. Pill Garlic is the greatest role a man or woman could ever hope to play. I say woman, since I once saw Dame Peggy Entwhistle play it in Surrey. A night so stormy I feared that it would pull the venerable Gibraltar Theater up by its very roots… I’m sorry… where was I?”

“I am afraid that as an actor I rely on the words of others. I am often six ways to Sunday and at sea, simultaneously when I have to relate a monolog from my own life.”

“Though, not long ago I did manage to cobble together a rather charming children’s play — Tommy Tuffle & the Amazing Locomotive Robbery. It did rather handsomely summer of ’82 at the McVickers. I bought myself a spendid jumper with the profits.”

“There were dozens of requests for a sequel but I was too busy doing McB– I mean the Scottish Play and XVI Daggers for Caeser in rep.”

“As I was saying before I interrupted myself– Pill Garlic is a marvelous character. He is Jesus, Beowulf and Everyman all rolled into one Sad Sack. He is fire and ice. He is the Battle of Hastings meets Sir John Falstaff’s beard.”

“It is an honor to play him not a duty. Which is not to say that I couldn’t do without the 27 pratfalls in act one or the exploding pie in the face at the climax of the curtain call… but se la guerre, eh?”

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3 Responses to “Acting 101: Chapter 3– Maybe there are some small parts.”

  1. SiouxP February 27, 2012 at 7:50 PM #

    What a great post—how do you find these unique pics? Conventions, vintage stores?
    Pill Garlic — what a character & what a great story you crafted @ him. LOL, Sioux. 🙂

  2. Jonathan Stark February 27, 2012 at 10:45 PM #

    Oh, if only I had a time machine and a front row seat to watch the ‘Pill Garlic Show’.

  3. Jonathan Stark February 27, 2012 at 10:52 PM #

    Pilgarlic. The word comes from the verb “pill” and the noun “garlic.” To “pill” means to “peel, strip, pluck.” Thus a “pill garlic” is a “peeled garlic,” or a garlic without its outer covering, which looks like a bald man. From 1605: “He will soon be a peeled garlic like myself.” By the end of the 17th century, however, the word could be used derogatorily. “Pill-garlick, a pitiful sneaking Fellow out of Countenance.”

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