by Jim Murchison
There are little packages of tricks that actors and directors rely on. Things that they know will work. In medieval Italy it was called Lazzi and they were whole routines that were choreographed for when actors went dry. Vaudeville called them schtick. Others call them gags. Whatever you call them they are old reliables for when a performance has bumps on a night or to add emphasis on those nights when it is going terrifyingly well.