Exit, stage right, writes the playwright
In his infinite wisdom of the stage
And of narrative and of blocking.
The audience appreciates his tact,
For no one wants an actor or actress
To overstay their welcome on the stage.
To some—it’s true—we give more grace
For their myriad qualities and unique ability
To make us laugh or cry or think.
Every actor will leave the stage in the end,
Lest the final curtain find them mid-scene—
Though such things happen at some theaters.
For the audience, nothing is very definite.
To be sure, they follow along as best they can,
But they do not read the stage directions given.
None of it matters, some say. If only we could know!
But when the curtain falls on the final act,
The audience will applaud and, too, exit, house left.