|Manager:||One of the old troupe teaches theater classes these days.
Want me to ask him to visit?
|Manager:||He's a busy man, so no promises it'll be any time soon, though.|
|Izumi:||Please, I'll take what I can get!|
|Izumi:||Sakuya, you're standing in the wrong spot.|
|Sakuya:||Ah, sorry about that.|
|Tsuzuru:||It's all good.|
|Izumi:||(It isn't. We've started performance rehearsal, but their
heads just aren't in the game. I was afraid of this.)
|Masumi:||Romeo comes in from stage right.|
|Itaru:||I'm taking a bathroom break. Be back soon.|
|Tsuzuru:||More like a game break.|
|Izumi:||(Yeah, this isn't working. There's no way they're going to
be ready for showtime without some intervation.)
|Sakuya:||Let's go on a journey together, Julius. We can ditch this
cramped town and travel the world.
|Izumi:||(I hate to be the villain, but I think it's time to take off the
kid gloves and...)
|???:||The hell kinda lame-ass kindergarten play is this?|
|???:||Just watchin' is killin' me.|
|Izumi:||I'm sorry, who are you? This place isn't open to the public.|
|???:||Oh yeah? Who're YOU, lady? Oh wait, you must be Yukio's
daughter! Well I'll be damned, the snot-nosed lil' pipsquek's all grown up!
|Izumi:||Yukio... ? You know my dad?|
|???:||Matsukawa--Oh, guess he's the manager now. Anyway, he came cryin'
to me, beggin' me to show those newcomers what they're in for.
|Izumi:||So you're from the original Spring Troupe?!|
|???:||Yeah. Name's Yuzo Kashima.|
|Masumi:||Dude's totally a Yakuza thug.|
|Citron:||Ah, the famous Japanese Yakuza!|
|Kamekichi:||Yuzo, old man!|
|Yuzo:||Hey, Kamekichi. Long time. Still got a smart beak, huh.|
|Kamekichi:||Right back at ya!|
|Sakuya:||If Kamekichi knows him, that means he's the real deal. A member of the original Spring Troupe, in the flesh!|
|Yuzo:||Okay, let's get this over with.You should be grateful. I'm gonna be your first audience.|
|Izumi:||All right, boys. Take it from the top.|
|Sakuya:||Yes, sir! I mean, yes, ma'am!|
|- - -|
|Izumi:||What do you think?|
|Yuzo:||Man, I thoight about gettin' up and leavin' 300 times there.|
|Tsuzuru:||That's about as many lines as there are in the script...|
|Yuzo:||Yeah, that's the point. Subjectin' the audience to that many bad line deliveries is physically painful.|
|Yuzo:||First -- You there, the foreign guy.|
|Yuzo:||If you can't even get five damn lines right, that makes you worse than a kindergartener.|
|Yuzo:||If you can't say lines in Japanese, then you got no buisness speakin' the language or acting in plays in Japan.|
|Sakuya:||That's not fair, sir. Citron's here studying abroad and learning the language. He just need more practice, and--|
|Yuzo:||Language and delievery ain't the same. If the audience has to be patient with a foreigner tryin' his best,
that kills their immersion and ruins the whole damn experience.
|Yuzo:||Next-- Mercutio. I get what you're goin' for, but you're not gettin' there. You attached to this script?|
|Tsuzuru:||I wrote it.|
|Yuzo:||That explains it. You're fulla yerself. You gotta remember there's an audience you're conveying stuff to,
or you're just jerkin' off.
|Yuzo:||Next up-- Tybalt. I got nothin' for you.|
|Yuzo:||If you don't wanna be here, then get off the stage. That's it.|
|Yuzo:||I dunno what your problem is, but you're lettin' yerself get too distracted by Yukoi's daughter.|
|Yuzo:||Don't get all cocky when you can't even act. You were borin' me to tears there.|
|Izumi:||(Yikes, even Masumi isn't spared.)|
|Sakuya:||Even Masumi didn't cut it...|
|Yuzo:||You thought you could skate by with him? Drama ain't no joke, you buncha scrubs!|
|Yuzo:||You're beyond bad. You're supposed to be the lead, but you don't know the first thing aboutt theater.
Start over from square one.
|Yuzo:||Well, that's all from me. I'll come by and check again sometime.|
|Masumi:||Pain in the ass...|
|Izumi:||(Looks like I got the villain I was looking for. Everyone looks devastated. Maybe that was too harsh...)|
|Yuzo:||Oh yeah, as for you...|
|Yuzo:||The sky's the limit for Romeo if you're up for it.|
|Yuzo:||I'm sayin' that it's up to you whether he trives or dies out. Hell, this whole trainwreck is on you as the director.
You'd better take responsibility.
|Izumi:||(He's right. The group wouldn't be in such shambles if I'd done a better job of leading them.)|
|Izumi:||Thanks. I'll buckle down and do what I can.|
|Yuzo:||Wish Yukio could see you now.|
|Izumi:||Do you know something about my father?|
|Yuzo:||Sorry, it ain't for me to say.|
|To Be Continued|