The following scene is from “The Shock of Recognition,” the first of an evening of four one-act plays, “You Know I Can’t Hear You When the Water’s Running,” by Robert Anderson:
A hungry actor is auditioning for a playwright and a producer in the producer’s office. Before he even knows what the role calls for, he’s equivocating.
He continues to profess he can be anything they want him to be. He’ll work out in a gym and become muscular. He’ll look younger. Or older! Not only can he look ridiculous, he avers he does look ridiculous! Toadying and turning himself inside out, changing colors and skins, he’s indefatigable. And a zero. Bring anyone to mind?
The actor seeking work merely lacks grace. The man who would be kingpin has no shame.