November 29: Under Cover

The film “All About Eve” skews our perception
Of understudies, shown as base connivers-
This melodrama is a misconception,
For understudies truly are survivors;

Eight shows a week they stand able and willing
To fill their usual role or jump into
The shoes of big names who receive top billing,
And will be met with sighs, not ballyhoos,

Which is the reason I am glad to see
The understudies give their parts their all
Be it in title role, or villainy,
On stage, or with us in the practice hall.

So may it be that lucky stars align
And understudies get the chance to shine.

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