by Jim Murchison
The mind is a curious thing. Learning lines for the play was way more difficult for me than it used to be. A couple of weeks after I finished doing Taming of the Shrew, I decided it might be fun to see how many of the lines I could remember. I initially had difficulty remembering the very first line because it is a short interjection. Once I remembered what line cued it, it popped in and I was able to run all my lines for the entire play for all four characters.
I used to go visit my uncle when I was a boy and he would have an opera record playing, be watching a baseball game and reading the complete works of William Shakespeare; again.
My uncle Frank, before he died, couldn’t remember me, his wife or ever having lived in Montreal. He did however know Tiger Woods’ win total and could sing The Rain in Spain from My Fair Lady (and he would excitedly tell you that it was on TV, not realizing that he had been watching it steadily for eight days). He could also tell you who wrote almost any opera of the 19th or 20th century and possibly which tenor sang it at its premiere.