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The performance
Was not going to his liking
Each scene was a failure
A stillbirth
A flop
If only he could replay
But this was a stage with no walls
And the audience being only himself
That he didn't have the knack for relating
It would be better if he could be a director
And sit in some real theatre
And practice the damn bit
A hundred times.

Irwin R. Shaw - December 29th 1982