Monday, March 11, 2019
Murder In The Second Act, by William Burton McCormick
This is the second appearance in my blog by McCormick. It is his third story about Tasia and Eleni, two young women who, with their mother, run a lodging house in Odessa at the turn of the century.
At the moment their only lodger is an actor named Oleg Olehno. He wants to hire the women as claquers, that is, members of the audience secretly paid to raise enthusiasm for a certain actor. Tasia, our narrator, doubts the ethics of such an occupation, but her sister is delighted to get paid to attend a show.
The complicating factor is the arrival of a giant - truly, an eight foot tall man - who is hunting for Oleg. Fee fie fo. Oleg explains that he borrowed money from the claquers guild in Moscow and this monstrous debt collector has been chasing him all over Russia.
Ah, but this is theatre, and theatre is all about illusion... This story is a lot of fun.