Pronouns: The Musical – Act 10: They

The Story

Welcome to Pronouns: The Musical.

Some may ask, “Pronouns?”, but we at A Frank Angle say, “Why not pronouns!”

A subset of nouns, pronouns serve as a substitute for nouns and noun phrases. These bits of linguistics and grammar are versatile and can almost refer to anything.

Although pronouns can be personal, objective, possessive, indefinite, relative, intensive, demonstrative, interrogative, reflexive, and reciprocal, this musical extravaganza focuses on selected pronouns.

Program

Act 1: I
Act 2: You
Act 3: Me
Act 4: He
Act 5: Him
Act 6: She
Act 7: Her
Act 8: We
Act 9: Us

Act 10: They

They succeed, because they think they can. (Virgil, Roman poet)

If they exert it not for good, they will for evil; if they advance not knowledge, they will perpetuate ignorance. (Frances Wright, writer)

Machines are worshipped because they are beautiful and valued because they confer power; they are hated because they are hideous and loathed because they impose slavery. (Bertrand Russell, philosopher)

Some men have thousands of reasons why they cannot do what they want to, when all they need is one reason why they can. (Martha Graham, dancer)

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. (Mahatma Gandhi, leader)

When they are alone they want to be with others, and when they are with others they want to be alone. After all, human beings are like that. (Gertrude Stein, author)

Men fall in love with their eyes – they like what they see – and women fall in love with their ears – they like what they hear! (Zsa Zsa Gabor, author)

Guidelines

Songs must have They in the title

Cautions

  1. No duplicates songs regardless of artists
  2. Foreign language equivalents unacceptable
  3. Contractions are acceptable at the discretion of The Producer

Production Notes

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Announcement

Welcome to the latest musical by aFa Productions – Pronouns: The Musical.

They is an interesting word because some see it as the opposite of us (the previous act). They is a third-person reference to others, both generically and negatively. Nonetheless, they is a common pronoun. For the opening act, we are fortunate to secure a true American classic. Ladies and gentlemen, put your hands together for a loud welcome to one of music’s favorite crooner – Tony Bennett with They All Laugh.

Act 10: Them (next Saturday)

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106 thoughts on “Pronouns: The Musical – Act 10: They

  1. It seems to me that the greatest difference between they and we, is that in the image of we, we commit ourselves, take responsibility for our part of the action, thought or whatever. Since we have no part in ‘they’, we can imagine them as a conglomerate force, and attribute to them exaggerated power or threat. I liked the quote from Zsa Zsa Gabor. Haven’t heard from her or of her for years. She was a very bright student of human nature.

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