The play involved a stolen pet rabbit. One character had to reply to the policeman's question: "Is this the boy you saw with the rabbit?" with, "It is". Surely the ideal role for Joe.
Joe threw himself into his very minor part. In rehearsals he varied his delivery of the two words from assertively loud "It is!" to shyly quiet "It is". Miss was confident Joe would be a success. Came the night, came the line. "Is this the boy you saw with the rabbit?" Came the reply, "Is it?".
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