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Sibyl Vane, her mother and brother, are seen through Dorian's eyes as if they are living in a Music Hall melodrama.

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--DORIAN--
PEOPLE SAY THAT LOVE
IS LIKE A DREAM COME TRUE
PEOPLE SAY THAT LOVE
IS LIKE A SONG

I DON’T MEAN TO MOCK
THE COMMON ROSY VIEW
BUT I HAVE TO SAY
THOSE PEOPLE HAVE IT WRONG

FOR ME AND FOR THE WAY
I THINK IN SHADES OF GRAY
LOVE IS MORE COMPLEX
AND IT EFFECTS ME
LIKE A PLAY

SPOTLIGHT
ENTER THE INGENUE
DRAPED IN A BILLOWING DRESS

(SIBYL steps around her picture frame and DORIAN joins her.)

STAGE RIGHT
ENTERS HER BEAU
AND IT’S ME I HAVE TO CONFESS

FLOWERS
GIVEN WITH A BOW
BLUSHING, SHE MEETS MY EYE
HOURS
COULD PASS THAT WAY
AS WE GAZE AND HAPPILY SIGH

--SIBYL--
SIGH

--DORIAN--
I HAVE MET THE GIRL
WHO IS WHAT LOVE ITSELF SHOULD BE

-SIBYL--
I HAVE MET THE BOY
WHO IS LIKE LOVE ITSELF TO ME

--DORIAN--
I FIND HER DISARMING

--SIBYL--
I CALL HIM PRINCE CHARMING

--BOTH--
LOVE IS NO LONGER A DISTANT FANTASY

(HENRY applauds as SIBYL and DORIAN bow.
MRS. VANE appears in a picture frame, then crosses to SIBYL.

DORIAN re-joins HENRY in the library as the Music Hall melodrama continues.)

--DORIAN--
MOTHER-IN-LAW-TO-BE ARRIVES
I DISCREETLY TAKE MY EXIT CUE
BUT LINGERING ‘ROUND THE CORNER THERE
I HEAR THIS SCENE ENSUE

--MRS. VANE--
O DAUGHTER MINE BEWARE THE MAN
WHO PLAYS HIS PART TOO WELL
THERE’S MANY A GIRL WHO FELL TOO FAR
FOR THE DEVIL DRESSED AS A SWELL

--SIBYL--
O MOTHER MINE I KNOW THE TALES
OF FATHER WHICH NO ONE MENTIONS
LET ME BE HAPPY
MY PRINCE CHARMING HAS SUCH HONEST AND PURE INTENTIONS

--MRS. VANE--
HE LOOKS WELL OFF
ALL SCOUNDRELS DO

--SIBYL--
I KNOW HE IS WELL CONNECTED

--MRS. VANE--
WELL IF HE IS
IT’S A DIFFERENT THING

--SIBYL--
YOU LIKE HIM
AS I SUSPECTED

--MRS. VANE--
THAT’S ALL VERY WELL
BUT EVEN A KING
CAN BE THE DEVIL
DRESSED AS A SWELL

LOVE IS JUST AN ARRANGEMENT, DEAR
TO LIFT US FROM OUR SORRY LOTS

(In the library, HENRY and DORIAN mirror the stage left positions of SIBYL and MRS. VANE.)

--HENRY--
LOVE IS JUST A DERANGEMENT
OF OUR USUAL LOGICAL THOUGHTS

--MRS. VANE--
LOVE IS JUST AN ARRANGEMENT, DEAR
OF LEGAL DASHES WORDS AND DOTS

--HENRY--
LOVE IS JUST THE DERANGEMENT OF
DRUNKEN POETICAL SOTS

--MRS. VANE--
BUT LOVE COULD BE ARRANGED
I SUE
BETWEEN A LORD LIKE HIM AND YOU
SO GO AHEAD AND TELL ME ALL
ABOUT YOUR SUITOR HANDSOME AND TALL

--HENRY--
THE WOMAN IS WISE IN HER TAWDRY WAY
SO PLEASE CONTINUE
YOUR AMUSING PLAY

--DORIAN--
YOU’RE IMPOSSIBLE HENRY
THERE IS SOMETHING IN ME
WHICH IS
STARTING TO BE BORN
LISTEN TO THE REST
PLEASE DEFER YOUR SNEERING
TIRESOME SCORN

(Lights down on the library as the footlights blink on again in the Vane home, and SIBYL sings her solo as if to a Music Hall audience.)

--SIBYL--
WHY DIDN’T SOMEBODY TELL ME BEFORE?
SIMPLE AS GOING TO ANSWER THE DOOR
NATURAL AS SLEEPING AND WAKING AGAIN
EASY AS TALKING
LISTENING
AND THEN SAYING “HELLO”
THAT’S HOW SIMPLE IT IS
TO KNOW I’M IN LOVE

LOVE IS SO EASILY RECOGNIZED
SOMETHING SO GRAND CAN’T BE DISGUISED

THINKING ABOUT IT CAN BE SO CONFUSING
USING YOUR BRAIN TO EXPLAIN IT AWAY
WHEN REALLY
NO OTHER THOUGHT IS REQUIRED
THERE’S ONE WORD TO SAY
WHICH HAS BEEN MUCH ADMIRED
THOUGH SOME SAY HAS GROWN TIRED
IT’S LOVE
THE WORD THAT POETS USE
INSPIRED WHEN TOUCHED
BY HEAVEN’S LOVING MUSE

I FINALLY CAN FEEL IT
AND I CAN’T CONCEAL IT
THAT ONE WORD
LOVE
IT NAMES THE SOUND
OF MY HEART IN FLIGHT
AND IT IS
SO RIGHT
SO RIGHT

WHY DIDN’T SOMEBODY TELL ME BEFORE?
THERE’S ONE LITTLE WORD
WHICH IS WHAT WE ARE LIVING FOR

(SIBYL bows as her mother applauds.

Footlights down, pool up again on DORIAN as JAMES VANE steps into view behind the picture frame before charging into the scene.)

--DORIAN--
WITH THE SWEEP OF AN ANGRY ARM
A DOOR SLAMS OPEN ON ITS FRAME
A FROWNING FELLOW
STARTS TO BELLOW

--JAMES VANE--
TELL ME WHAT’S HIS NAME

--SIBYL--
PRINCE CHARMING IS THE ONLY NAME
I EVER NEED TO KNOW

--JAMES--
A NAMELESS DANDY
WHAT’S HIS GAME?
I’LL LEARN THAT ERE I GO

--SIBYL--
O JAMES MY SILLY SERIOUS BROTHER
I WILL NEVER LOVE ANOTHER

--JAMES--
LOVE - A WORD TO TRAP THE INNOCENT

--SIBYL--
NOW, NOW, JAMES
YOU’RE FOOLISH
LOVE IS SO MAGNIFICENT
JAMES YOU’RE FOOLISH
LOVE IS SO MAGNIFICENT
LOVE IS SO MAGNIFICENT
LOVE IS SO MAGNIFICENT

--JAMES--
(In counterpoint to SIBYL.)
LOVE -- A WORD TO TRAP THE INNOCENT
LOVE -- A WORD
TO TRAP THE INNOCENT

--DORIAN--
WITH HER VIVID DECLARATION
RINGING IN MY EAR
I CAME STRAIGHT HOME
WITH BURSTING HEART
AND SHED A GRATEFUL TEAR

(DORIAN and HENRY exit, lights in library out.)

--JAMES--
THIS I SWEAR MY SISTER DEAR
IF EVER THIS MAN DOES YOU ILL
MY MISSION WILL BE STARK AND CLEAR
TO MURDER HIM
BY GOD I WILL
BY GOD I WILL

I’LL BE BACK TO TRACK HIM DOWN
IF YOU UNCOVER HIS FACADE
HE WON’T BE SAFE IN ANY TOWN
I’LL MURDER HIM
SO HELP ME GOD
SO HELP ME GOD

--MRS. VANE--
SON FINISH PACKING
EARLY MORNING SOON WILL BE TODAY
AND YOUR SHIP WILL THEN BE SAILING YOU AWAY
SO SWIFTLY WITH NO DELAY

--JAMES--
MOTHER, NO TEARS
I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO SAY

--MRS. VANE--
COME TELL YOUR MOTHER
YOU’RE A BOY WHO WON’T FORGET
THIS TINY STAGE
WHERE SOON THE SUN
ON ME WILL FINALLY SET

--JAMES--
I’LL DAILY WRITE
TO SISTER AND TO YOU
JUST BEWARE
OF HER BEAU WHO COMES TO WOO

--SIBYL--
JUST THINK JAMES
YOU’LL SEE THE WORLD
FROM NORTH TO SOUTH
AND ALL ITS GLORIES

YOU’LL BE LIKE THE HEROES
THAT WE’VE READ ABOUT IN STORIES

THE TIME HAS COME
TO TAKE OUR AIMS
ADVENTURE LIES AHEAD DEAR JAMES
FOR YOU THE SEA
FOR ME A WEDDING
CASTING OFF OUR CHILDHOOD GAMES
INTO THE SUN WE’RE HEADING
INTO THE SUN

--MRS. VANE--
EMBRACE ME SON
IGNORE THE TEARS I’M SHEDDING

--SIBYL--
INTO THE SUN WE’RE HEADING

--JAMES--
BUT I’LL BE BACK--

--SIBYL--
GODSPEED DEAR JAMES

--JAMES--
TO TRACK HIM DOWN
THIS CHARMING PRINCE YOU’RE WEDDING

--SIBYL--
THE TIME HAS COME TO STAKE OUR
CLAIMS
INTO THE SUN WE’RE HEADING

--JAMES--
IF HE EVER CAUSES HARM TO THEE
HE WON’T BE SAFE IN ANY TOWN

(Distant tower bells.)

--SIBYL--
I’ll be late for the theatre. Don’t be a sailor forever, James. Say “hello” to the world for me!

--JAMES--
You mean, hello to Australia!

ADVENTURE LIES AHEAD FOR ME

--SIBYL--
FOR YOU THE SHINING SEA
ADVENTURE LIES AHEAD FOR US THREE

--MRS. VANE--
EMBRACE ME SON

MRS. VANE/JAMES/SIBYL
SALT TEARS I’M SHEDDING/
FOR THEE A WEDDING/INTO THE SUN WE’RE HEADING

--MRS. VANE--
THESE TEARS I SHED—

--JAMES--
I’LL STRIKE HIM DEAD—

--SIBYL--
--SOON WED--

SIBYL/JAMES/MRS. VANE
I’LL BE/FOR THEE

--SIBYL--
LOVE IS MAGNIFICENT

credits

from "Dorian​-​The Remarkable Mister Gray", released June 21, 2010
Sheree Ross Lerman as SIBYL, Sheila Sund as MRS. VANE, Jeff Baer as JAMES

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Randy Bowser Salem, Oregon

Randy Bowser - ASCAP, SAG, AFTRA

Composer, director, actor.

Professional premiere of "Dorian Gray" was in 2010, in Moscow, Russia.

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