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Black Egg Theatre
We raid the archives for
this little fable from Thom Shepherd. As teenagers we encounter
many new trials and discover new feelings, yet have limited experiences
to draw from when dealing with problems. Sometimes what seems
trivial to an adult can appear monumental to a teen. And as adolescents
we occasionally get the feeling that nothing is going our way
and the "powers beyond our control" conspire against
our will. Desperation becomes the norm and failure almost a comfort.
So here we find Lionel Johnson, normal high school senior, graciously
enduring countless trials just to survive his weekend - the only
regular part of life he normally anticipates. If a lesson can
be learned, it's that no matter what seemingly unsurmountable
dilemma presents itself before us, no matter how apparently difficult
and unpleasant the task at hand, we can rest assured in the knowledge
that IT COULD ALWAYS BE WORSE. It's a miracle things tend to
stay on course as long as they do. But for poor Lionel, his weekend
is going from bad to worse and miracles are in short supply.
File under: Satire.