What theater-themed short story involving a wallflower actor am I having trouble remembering?
October 15, 2011 4:35 PM Subscribe
I am trying to find the name of a short story that involved a socially awkward actor brought out of his shell romantically by Shakespeare's words.
Read the story in the 90s, although it might be much older than that. The plot involved an actress and a wallflower actor in the same play. The former is romantically interested in the latter, but he always makes a hasty retreat after each rehearsal. The actress eventually catches him backstage before he leaves and thrusts a copy of Romeo & Juliet in his hands. They perform the balcony scene, leading into a courtship that may or may not have been entirely comprised of acting out famous theatrical romances. Feel free to flag this question if it's all too common a plot device, but this is all I remember.
For some reason my mind is telling me it was written by Isaac Asimov, although I haven't had much luck googling on that front.