WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 25, 2005
|Thunderbird Theatre "actors;" inset, Deily & ingenue. (AP)
Ben Witnessed "Consorting With Theater Persons."
Socially Devastating Revelations Presage "More Than A Mere Whiff of Scandal"
SAN FRANCISCO--In a development certain to shake the sensibilities of the decent, upstanding denizens of this bustling metropolis,
credible reports have come to light suggesting that Ben Deily--erstwhile "entertainer" and well-known boulevardier--has
been witnessed fraternizing and openly socializing with Theater Persons.
These shocking reports place Deily in a low, garish "venue" in the City's disreputable SOMA (or "South
Of Market") neighborhood, reportedly sharing distilled spirits and ribald jests with members of the infamous "Thunderbird
Theatre" Company: a low-brow, rag-tag assemblage of ne'er-do-well roustabouts and Persons of Low Repute. It is suggested
that this disgraceful association, witnessed over a period of weeks, somehow correlates with the Thunderbird production of
"The Las Vega-Nauts," a "theatrical comedy" of some sort.
|Trollop, strumpet or slattern? Typical theater person. (Getty)
While Deily's past escapades have lead to clucking tongues in certain of the more staid quarters of society, these latest
antics will almost certainly not be without consequence of the utmost moment. Certain knowledgeable parties (across whom the
modest veil of anonymity must be drawn) have characterized the allegations, if true, as "horrid, repugnant proof"
of Deily's standing as a "boorish cad" and a "bounder of the first stripe."
"The social consequences of this sort of indiscretion really can scarcely be reckoned," opined one respected
San Franciscan barrister and bon vivant. "This goes far beyond a mere whiff of scandal. It is the stuff of social ruin."
|"Disreputable rendezvous." (courtesy Milady's Boudoir)
Deily, when a response to these charges was solicited, loudly decried "those pusillanimous snipers, blackguards and
character assassins" who would "disparage [his] good name." Growing ever more irate, the visibly inebriated
Deily brandished a stout walking stick at this correspondent and added that "those damned liars" laying such charges
would "do well to watch their ignominious backsides, lest they feel the sting of the lash across them."
"Oh, and go see The Las Vega-nauts, you damned imbecile!" Deily growled, before collapsing over a table of empty
(EDITOR's NOTE: Said production has recently concluded, having "sold-out" almost in its entirety: yet another
sign, in this humble reporter's opinion, of the low-water mark to which our aesthetic standards and civil society have currently
Learn more about this sordid business, and those ghastly ruffians The Thunderbird Theatre Company