Table Read

by Martin Baena

Character: A writer and two actors

Setting: Writer’s basement apartment

Writer: Well?

First Actor: It was…

Second Actor: …nice. I thought.

First Actor: …very nice.

Second Actor: (nodding) Hm.

Writer: Was it funny?

First Actor: Very funny!

Second Actor: Yes.

Writer: I didn’t hear you laugh.

Second Actor: It was a kind of… what was it?

First Actor: A cerebral humour

Second Actor: Yeah

Writer: Cerebral. Like what? Clever?

First Actor: Yes, that’s it. Very clever.

Second Actor: That’s right.

First Actor: Clever’s good.

Writer: Hm

First Actor: I don’t think there’s anything wrong with clever.

Second Actor: People like clever.

First Actor: Sure. They do.

Writer: Too clever?

First Actor: Is there such a thing?

Second Actor: You could tone it down a bit.

First Actor: Sure. A little.

Second Actor: Right?

First Actor: Why not?

Second Actor: Maybe write some jokes.

Writer: I have jokes. There’re jokes.

Second Actor: No, right.

First Actor: Some, y’ know. Joke jokes.

Second Actor: A couple belly laughs wouldn’t hurt.

Writer: I feel like, with an audience it’ll play better. The jokes.

First Actor: Maybe.

Second Actor: Well, it’s all a matter of perception innit?

First Actor: That’s right.

Writer: …the way I feel about it: we’re sitting here reading it. Right?

First Actor: Sure. Right.

Writer: We’re not experiencing it. We’re not free to, we haven’t opened ourselves to it.

Second Actor: I can see that.

Writer: So I think an audience will get it. Y’ know? They’ll be free to see the, uh, the humour. (Pause) Right?

Actors: Hm-hm. Oh. Absolutely.

Writer: Great. Hey, let’s take it from your line.

Actors: Which?

Writer: Your line. Top of the third page.

First Actor: Uh-huh, okay.

Writer: Got it? Okay…

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