Michelle sees this as a personal victory, rather than one of the human spirit. It's almost like that entire set piece with this lady was pointless all along.
GARDEN OF ALLAH* THEATRE
Ooh, I know this one! It was originally built by this wild lesbian actress in 1919 named Alla Nazimova, she would throw parties there. It's where Joni Mitchell was talking about with the "paved paradise and put up a parking lot," because of how she lived in Laurel Canyon close by, long after the paving had already gone down and they'd moved the whole business to where Fanny and Michelle are now. But my favorite thing I didn't have to look up on Wikipedia -- which I just double-checked and there's not much else about it that would hold my interest -- is the weird drunk F. Scott Fitzgerald postcard:
Dear Scott -- How are you? Have been meaning to come in and see you. I have [sic] living at the Garden of Allah. Yours, Scott Fitzgerald.
Kind of a metaphor for this whole show, perhaps. Anyway, Michelle comes back late and babbles at an usher interminably while the play is underway. The guy has about as much patience for her nonsense as the people on this show inevitably do, so Michelle continues to bitch. Peeing, the lady she keeps starting shit with, whatever. He treats her like she has special needs -- in Michelle's case, all the needs -- and she ends up standing next to Chris Eigeman.
Digger: "I'm the director. I am at least as much of a bummer as you. Imagine every Chris Eigeman role you've ever seen, it's like that."
Michelle: "I am also off-putting in an anachronistic way."
Digger: "Let's watch this play together and be bitchy."
Michelle: "Today, and for the rest of our lives."
Fanny: "Michelle, where have you been? I was worried!"
Michelle: "That's so sweet!"
Fanny: "Less worried, more jealous that you might have left without me."
Michelle: "I was in the back, with the director."
Fanny: "Like a whore. Got it."
Michelle: "No, he's just utterly unpleasant and goofy. We got along like gangbusters!"
Fanny: "I'll drive myself home, if you wanna stay here and fuck."
Michelle: "I'm sorry?"
Fanny: "I mean, he's a director. Take a taxi, if he won't drive you back home and you're too good for a bus ride."
Michelle: "This shit just took a turn. Hell, why don't I just blow him in the alley?"