Sunday, October 5, 2014

240 Quiz Answer

“Show Boat,” a great classic of the American theatre, was first produced on Broadway in 1927.  There have been many other versions of the show since.  One of its hit songs was “Make Believe.”   
Also for Three Word Wednesday and ABC Wednesday: "M" is for "Meeting."
(I wrote the following scenelet, thinking it might remind you of a well-known theatrical production.  Which production?)

“The draft beer here is excellent.”

“What?  That’s your idea of a pickup line?”

“Well, it beats ‘You come here often?’”

“Not by much.”

“Let me start over.  I take the liberty of pointing out that you are a very attractive young woman.  Would you be interested in some friendly, not to mention entertaining, conversation?”

“If it you promise it won’t be too friendly.  I should explain.  I don’t usually hang out in bars, but today’s a special day so I thought I’d drop into this place for a celebratory drink.”

“What happened?  You’ve been made CEO of a Fortune 500 corporation?”

“No, I don't mean to sound arrogant or to showboat but I was just appointed head of my department.  I am now monarch of all I survey – all six cubicles.”
“Six cubicles!  We should celebrate together.  Are you interested in game-playing?”

“I was afraid there would be something crude like that.”

“No, no, this is a different idea.  I mean a real game, no hanky-panky stuff, which I thought we could play right here.”

“I – guess I might be interested.”

“That’s what this game needs, wild enthusiasm.  It’s a variation of an oldtime entertainment called Let’s Pretend.”

“And I’m supposed to pretend to be a farm animal or something similar, and make the appropriate noises?”

“No, this is a supple, modern version.  For example, when I saw you sitting there at the bar, someone I had never seen before, I thought it would be great if I could make believe we’d known each other for years.”

“And the ‘make believe’ part would be me doing the same thing?”

“Exactly.  Couldn’t you?  Couldn’t I?  Couldn’t we?”

“Yes, I see that could be kind of fun.”

“We could talk over old times.  Remember that night when we were in high school and my car’s carbureter broke down?”

“I was pretty sure you didn’t know what a carbureter was, but neither of us cared as long as it broke down.”

“Ha.  Those were great days together.”

“Yes, they were.”

“And of course there was that special moment when I told you…”

“Told me what?”

“You know.”

“When you said ‘I love you’?”

“Exactly.  Trouble with this game of make-believe is, the pretending breaks down and reality takes over - because, to tell the truth, I think I do.” 

(The answer will be posted Saturday.)  


steveroni said...


Song: "Only Make Believe, I Love You....."

Finishes with: "For to tell the truth...I Doooooo..."

Berowne said...

Congrats to Steve E, the first this time with the correct answer.

Altonian said...

Got to be 'Showboat', surely.

Silent Otto said...

Amigos Para Siempre. !

Berowne said...

Altonian has checked in with the right answer.

Berowne said...

Kutamun: Muchas gracias!

Tess Kincaid said...

I'm drawing a blank Mr. B...all I can think is Showboat...

Berowne said...

Tess K. thought she drew a blank, but it turned out to be the right answer.

Wander said...

I have no idea. I am horrible at figuring out these kind of things...but I enjoyed it none the less

PhenoMenon, ABC Wednesday said...

Sigh looks like I have to wait for sat :)

PhenoMenon, ABC Wednesday Team

Roger Owen Green said...

I'm on a cold streak...


MERYL JAFFE, PhD - parent, psychologist, teacher, author... said...

I'm joining the ranks of the baffled.

Trubes said...

'Only make believe I love you
Only make believe that you love me
Others find peace of mind in pretending
Couldn't I? Couldn't you? Couldn't we?'

I sang this so many times when I was in a choir.

Showboat is my favourite musical, I've seen it on stage four times.

Best wishes,

Berowne said...

Trubes has just joined us with the correct answer.

Anonymous said...

I have no idea as I don't watch tv :D

Berowne said...

As stated, this was a theatrical production...

Jae Rose said...

I wish I knew stuff about stuff...but you always leave me stumped - just wanted to pay a visit!

Sheilagh Lee said...

no idea

ChrisJ said...

I think you and I must be about the same era, 'tho' I had no idea about last week's quiz. This week has to be SHOWBOAT with Howard Keel and Kathryn Grayson in the movie version.

ChrisJ said...

P.S. I know you said this is a theatrical production, but the only name I recognize in the theatrical ones is Donald O'Connor-- and I don't know if there has been some modern production that updated the time period as they so often love to do. That would be much to my disgust -- I'm a reactionary I'm afraid.

Berowne said...

Another "winner" with the right answer: ChrisJ.

kaykuala said...

Let's Pretend We're Famous perhaps!


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