A dialogue (imagined) on Gospel of Colonus

Sister Act

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“I remember seeing this show in New York 25 years ago. Do you remember, dear?”

“Oh yes, it was 1986 or something. It was your 40th birthday.”

“That’s right, 1986. My 40th birthday. I was slimmer then.”

“Morgan Freeman played the main role, the Messenger.”

“Yes, he was good.”

“He still looks the same.”

“It seems longer than it did in 1986. It is longer? Two and a half hours seems long.”

“Everything takes more time these days, dear.”

“Apart from that, it doesn’t seem like it’s changed much since 1986.”

“Should it have?”

"Maybe the projections on the back wall, the thing that looks like a Greek temple."

"It is a Greek temple, dear."

"Were the Greek temples in ruins in ancient Greek times like this one was?"

"I don't knew, dear. Maybe they just liked them that way."

"The projections seemed very 1986. But they were colorful, weren't they?

"They looked like something you'd see on a decorative plate at the back of a truck stop near your mother's house in Rock Hill."

"I thought the moon was nice. With the big eclipse."

"Why an eclipse?"

"There must be an eclipse in the book."

"You're thinking of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court."

"Well they must have had eclipses in ancient Greece."

"But not video projections of giant painted dinner plates. Also, I didn't know the Greeks were Christians."

"Yes that's confusing."

"At least it was nice to see such diversity in the people who were there."

"Diverse? How is a bunch of old white folks and old black folks diverse?"

"Well you know what I mean."

"A lot of 'em left at intermission."

"You don't have to say that."

"It's true. And a lot more left at what they thought was the end but wasn't. They thought it was the big final number and a standing ovation but it was just a song to make us stand up."

"It may be true but that doesn't mean you have to say it out loud."

"What I don't understand is why there were two of the main guy."

"Oedipus."

"Why were there two of him? There weren't two of each of his sisters."

"Daughters."

"I thought they were his sisters."

"They were. Also his daughters."

"But how can they... [Pause.] That's disgusting. Do the Spoleto people know that?"

"I imagine they do."

"No wonder funding for the arts is going down the toilet, when they're making this kind of stuff."

"Maybe that sort of thing was more acceptable in the '80s."

"I don't remember it being."

"You were 40 then and your mother was 68, what would you have known of it?"

"Don't talk like that."

"I'm just saying."

"My mother, rest her soul, would not have liked this."

"She certainly didn't like Soul Train."

"Gospel is a lot different from Soul Train."

"Not that different."

"The Morgan Freeman character was good in this one."

"I thought so too."

"But the man in the white suit was a little much."

"King Theseus. Yes, he was a little over the top."

"The music was nice, I guess."

"A little goes a long way."

"I liked the clapping."

"It wasn't a very clappy audience, though."

"Part of it was."

"Mmm, the diverse part."

"They seemed to like it."

"Yes. It's strange that I don't remember more of this from when we saw it 25 years ago in New York."

"Are you sure you're not thinking of Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat? We saw that in 1983."

"Is it much different?"

"Not really. Less clapping. I don't think Morgan Freeman was in that one."

"That's too bad. I like him."

"He's on the Discovery Channel, dear. We can see him at home."

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