Anesthesiologist: So, where do you work?
Actor: (modestly) I am a theater artist.
Anesthesiologist: Oh! It is a small world. I work in a theater, too.
Actor: (asks politely) How long have you been working in a theater?
Anesthesiologist: Well, it was years of initial training, then years of further training, and now full time for almost two decades.
Actor: (looks elated) That is awesome! Tell me more about yourself; what are your favorites: classics, drama, or comedy?
Anesthesiologist: I prefer classics any day; they are the safest. Sometimes though, I admit, the whole thing shapes up into a big drama; and often some turn into a hilarious comedy.
Actor: (looks confused) Are you generally in the lead role?
Anesthesiologist: Well, I lead by supporting the whole team. You see, it is like this in our theater; the supporters are actually leading the leaders.
Actor: (now looks more confused) Hmm…
Anesthesiologist: It is tricky sometimes, awkward in fact….But we always have to work as a team, and we kind of manage to do that.
Actor: (looks bemused) Is it stressful?
Anesthesiologist: That is an understatement.
Actor: (looks curious) What kind of audience do you face?
Anesthesiologist: Well, they are generally cooperative. Most of them fall asleep very fast, and they wake up when everything is over.
Actor: (shocked) I am so sorry for that. It must be difficult for you.
Anesthesiologist: Oh no, we are fine with it. We can do our part very well while they are asleep. Believe me, it is better that way.
Actor: (looks suspicious) Do you get paid well?
Anesthesiologist: Yes, very well….The overtime is particularly lucrative, I must say.
Actor: (bewildered) Overtime?
Anesthesiologist: All those calls in the night, sometimes all night long.
Actor: (flabbergasted) You work all night long?
Anesthesiologist: Yes, quite often, actually.
Actor: (quite in desperation) You must be inebriated?
Anesthesiologist: (chuckles) I have a fairly high threshold. I have always been surrounded by narcotics, hypnotics, and all those gases… (winks).
Actor: (now completely maddened) I don’t understand. Who are you?
Anesthesiologist: Didn’t I tell you, I am an anesthesiologist?
This is a tribute to all our colleagues who endure the daily drama in the theaters and yet play their roles so well.