Talk about dedication to the actor’s craft. During last night’s production of über-farce Out of Order at Footlight Theatre, longtime Footlight stalwart Karl Bunch went above and beyond the call. Bunch, who in the first half of the British romp plays a dead body, executed an admirable backwards fall and roll off a divan at one point, coming to rest face down, with the top of his mostly-bald pate pointing at the audience. Apparently, though, Bunch’s fall was not without incident. Almost as soon as he came to rest, audience members noticed a stream of blood begin to trickle down his head. Yet Bunch didn’t budge. Audience members murmered and pointed, but the the bleeding actor remained as still as, well, death.
Carl Bunch, I raise my glass to you. And to think they call it community theatre… —PS