The Night of the Cheetah

Things were already bad between Maggie and Monty and only worsened after months of strained rehearsals.

But on the first night — Monty like Brando in The Wild One, Maggie like Veronica Lake — unfastening her lamé dress as scripted with ‘exploring hands’, he forgot how beautiful she was; and she couldn’t believe what a jerk he still was, sleeping with that hussy from New Jersey, her understudy.

The audience gave a standing ovation. ‘A stupendous performance,’ the press said, ‘the way she punched him showed real emotion’. But it all seemed pretty disastrous from where Monty was lying.

© 2017 Occasional Dreams
In response to: 100 Word Wednesday: Week 10
Image by: Bikurgurl

Many thanks to Bikurgurl for hosting 100 Word Wednesdays.


9 Replies to “The Night of the Cheetah”

  1. I got thinking that maybe sometimes actors do this , bring a little of their own lives into the acting to make it more “real” and visceral, well written David! showing the force of Veronica’s emotions but poor Monty I think he never knew she could sucker punch him like that!

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  2. I love the defiance of your actress – keeping the drama on the stage as her heart was broken and raged. I also agree: he got his just desserts, and the reality will be more stinging as he realizes the loss is his own. Wonderful story — thank you so much for joining us 🙂

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