Baltimore oriole. Bobolink. Black-billed cuckoo.
Herbert is watching birds from his rocking chair, and he really seems to have a knack for identifying them.
Too bad he can't do as well naming his wife, the little old lady who joined him on the porch.
Is she Mary? Or Grace?
No, those were the names of other wives, or girlfriends, other women with whom he might have visited Venice or attended someone's funeral.
The wife with whom he's sharing his golden, but forgetful, years is Muriel.
Don't feel bad; she can't remember his name either, calling him Bernie and Harry, anything but Herbert.
They've had multiple marriages, lots of partners, and they can't remember, said Bob Shlesinger, who plays Herbert (Bernie? Harry?) to Agnes Cummings' Muriel in I'm Herbert, one of three short plays that continue this weekend at the Olde Brick Theatre in Scranton.
An Evening of One-Act Comedies also includes a sketch Cummings put together, based on a conglomeration of various nuns she knew during her years in Catholic school.
In the manner of a stern teacher, she comes out and tells everybody to turn their cell phones off, Shlesinger said. If the audience works with her, it's a lot of fun for 15 minutes.
The third one-act, Shlesinger said, is our tribute to Jason Miller's ‘It's a Sin to Tell a Lie,' which focuses on an older man and woman in a doctor's office.
Essentially, the guy takes a fancy to the girl, and one thing leads to another, said Shlesinger, who describes the evening as a short-but-sweet hour and 15 minutes.
It's just a charming event.
What: ‘An Evening of One-Act Comedies'
Who: Scranton Public Theatre
When: 8:15 tonight and Saturday
Where: Olde Brick Theatre, 126 W. Market St., Scranton
More info: 344-3656