This Wednesday just past, I went with Jerry to the Alumnae Theatre
in downtown Toronto to catch the premieres of the second week of performances
in the Theatre's New Ideas festival, specifically to catch lemurbouy
's excellent performance as the conflicted central character of Sex On the Beach
. I was a bnit perplexed in the first half of a play since one act, Kelly DuMar's ENVIA!
, hadn't been staged. I dismissed that from my thoughts during intermission, and we all went down to the bar for some refreshments. There, sitting in a corner of the room on a stool, tense and dressed in all manner of diaphanous fabrics and with a suspiciously flawless complexion, I saw a woman.
I'm not exactly sure what clued me in to the fact that she was Envia, although I think that it was her odd exchange with another attendee and her unusual appearance that twigged me. "Why not?" I thought and off I went to chat with her.
Our dialogue began with my complimenting her on her complexion. She thanked me, and then she looked at me.
- I know you, don't I? Wait--you passed my kiosk in the Eaton Centre!
I confessed to that--"after I went to Yorkdale"--and she continued, remembering how I stopped, and paused, and looked at her, really looked at her, looked at her in the way that made her realize that we were soulmates.
The time seemed appropriate for a shuffling over.
- Gosh, I chuckled awkwardly, the coffee's over there!
- And yes, she said, I remember how I put a sample of perfume on my hand, and you took it, brought it to your face and smelled it!
- Yes, yes, I nodded.
- And then you let go my hand, took the sampler, and left.
Cue my shocked face.
- I could never trust you again.
- Yes, I agreed. The moment called for an awkward smile and twitchy eyes.
- You bastard! one woman cried out.
- I could never trust you again. But then, she tilted her head, batted her eyelashes, and asked me a question: "Buy me dinner?"
I got a free drink ticket out of this, too!
A few years ago, I wouldn't have dared do anything like this. That I did, I think, is almost entirely because of Jerry's influence. He does spontaneous well; apparently it's catching.