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A Slight Change in Tonight’s Performance

by Annie Berke

 

Management: Circle the one that applies—

The role of the Wife and Mother will be played by an illustrious Juilliard graduate.

The role of the Wife and Mother will be played by your husband’s sexiest ex-girlfriend.

The role of the Wife and Mother will be played by a housecat who is a touch psychic.

The role of the Wife and Mother will be played by a rickety broomstick.

The role of the Wife and Mother will be played by a broken mood ring.

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Ladies and gentlemen, we ask you to bear with us as we make this delicate but necessary transition. The Wife and Mother will endure her replacement with tact – and, we suspect, no small amount of relief. She will slip wordlessly out the stage door, the performance being already in progress.

 

Annie Berke is a scholar of film and television, a freelance writer, and the Film Editor at the Los Angeles Review of Books. She lives in Maryland.

 

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