Thursday, June 08, 2006

bearded boy


[J]

It's not a bad thing to start one's day by spirit-gluing a grey, crepe-hair beard and mustache to one's 10-year-old son. And I take a certain pride and pleasure in the fact that the 10-year-old son in question seems to thoroughly enjoy starting his day with artificial whiskers, even if they do look a bit patchy.

These whiskers are necessary in order to play the part of Mr. Witherspoon in a production of Arsenic and Old Lace that begins this weekend. The tech-week rehearsals last much of the day, but Mr. W. gets to remove his facial excresence afterward and resume playing the 10-year-old son. Of course, it's nearly impossible to get all of the spirit glue off, and so a certain amount of dirt adheres to his face in the place that the beard and mustache had previously inhabited. The result is an odd sort of five-o'clock shadow that can be distracting at the dinner table.

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