- MAVIS (alto):
- MARTIN's blind date last night
- MARTIN (baritone):
- MAVIS's blind date last night
The first MAVIS and MARTIN show. MAVIS and MARTIN met on a blind date last night. They recount their experiences. Complications ensue.
MAVIS and MARTIN independently ask the audience if they want to hear the story of last night's blind date ["2. LISTEN UP"]. They then separately and interleaved, recount their recollections of that date ["3. THE BEST"].
MARTIN says it was the best blind date he ever had, and MAVIS says it was the worst. But, when they recount their recollections of a joke MARTIN told, which at the time MAVIS didn't realize was a joke, MARTIN now sees that MAVIS didn't realize it was a joke, and MAVIS now sees that it was a joke. These epiphanies lead both of them to reverse their previous assessments of the blind date ["4. THE TURNING POINT"], and they now recount their revised recollections of the date, MARTIN affirming that it was the worst blind date he ever had, and MAVIS hat it was the best ["5. THOSE BLUE JEANS"].
MAVIS, now convinced that MARTIN is the man for her, recalls that MARTIN said he had a dentist appointment near the restaurant they visited on the date, so she contrives to accidentally run into him there. She proposes that they have lunch, and brushes aside his lack of enthusiasm. The conclude by reflecting that "Today isn't what we thought tommorrow would be yesterday" ["6. TODAY"].
- The running time is 21 minutes, plus pauses between numbers.
- MAVIS and MARTIN would most naturally be a younger couple, but they could as well be an older and perhaps even elderly couple.
- MARTIN would most naturally be a man who might credibly wear Speedos, but he could also be a plump or portly man for whom Speedos would be comically inappropriate.
- Speedos is performed partly in a 'presentational style', where the performers address the audience directly, and partly in a 'representational style', where the performers assume the fourth wall and enact scenes.
- When MAVIS and MARTIN address the audience, they do so independently, each unaware of the other, as if they were recounting their experiences to a friend.
- "2. LISTEN UP" is performed entirely in the presentational style.
- "3. THE BEST!" begins in the presentational style, as MAVIS and MARTIN independenty recount their contrasting views of their blind date. Then, at letter "G", when MAVIS and MARTIN reach the point in their date where MARTIN tells his joke, they turn and face each other, and switch to the representational mode to re-enact that scene. This continues until letter "I", where they revert to the presentational mode and tell the audience their contrasting interpretations of MARTIN's joke.
- "4. THE TURNING POINT" is entirely in presentational style.
- "5. THOSE BLUE JEANS" Has the same structure as "The Best". It begins in the presentational style, with MAVIS and MARTIN recounting their new interpretations of the events of their date to the audience. Then, at letter "D", where MAVIS has contrived to 'accidently' encounter MARTIN after his dentist appointment, they turn and face each other, and switch to the representational mode. This time the representational mode shows the encounter as it is happening, not as it happened the preceding night.
- "6. TODAY" is in a presentational mode, but this time MAVIS and MARTIN are aware of each other and are 'presenting' their conclusions together. They can address some sections of the song to each other.
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- 1. Prelude
- 2. Listen Up
- 3. Dialogue - 'The best!'
- 4. Turning Point
- 5. Dialogue - 'Those blue jeans'
- 6. Today
- 7. Exit Music