//Ad libs: The quotable Louisville

Thursday, July 16, 2009

The quotable Louisville

You can forget that not everywhere is California. The other day in a restaurant near the Ohio River, one of my fellow Bay Area actors asked, "Is the fish fresh?" The waitress retorted, "Louisville is a UPS hub."

Best quotes from our time in Louisville, though, are theater-related. There's a wall backstage at the Victor Jory Theatre at Actors Theatre that's covered with graffiti. As you climb the stairs next to it, you find more and more to read (if you can handle getting close to the blazing July-afternoon roof).

I jotted down a few bon mots. Judging by the last one, crew folks were probably responsible:
  • "I love this business! It's the only truly accepted medium to convey our spirits to this tight-ass planet. Lose theatre, we'll lose our spirits."

  • "Good, but it's not 'Three Sisters.'"

  • "When in trouble or in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout."

  • "All the world's a stage, but I wouldn't want to mop it."
Pictured: Lunchtime in downtown Louisville after a summer thunderstorm. Photo by Rebecca Wallace.