An Ode to Alceste

How to stop a misanthrope becoming a 90 minute rant-fest?
Luckily, there is a journey here for our protagonist, Alceste,
and over the course of Crimps homage to Molière’s play,
there’s an emotional roller-coaster within one action-packed day.

He has his friends, his affections and his adversaries,
and all at one point, become enemies, haters and contemporaries.
There’s a companion in John, level-headed and perceptive
and a love for Jennifer, if only she could see her life is so deceptive.
But that bore Covington should stick to the critiques,
a playwright he is not, despite his misguided beliefs.

Then there’s the hangers-on, such a vacuous pair in Julian and Alex,
the Actor and the Agent, only in it for the money and sex.
Ellen’s a bright, young journo, it’s unfortunate she writes such gutter news,
a shame she doesn’t put her literary talents to better use.
Also, P.A. Simon – it’s bad enough to live this falseness, but to serve one, hell
that’s the worst, he should get a more productive profession, maybe a courier for DHL.
And what can we say about Jens’ tutor Marcia, well, her time has passed,
A brief encounter with Alceste, she’s determined it won’t be her last.

While Alceste vehemently despises the showbiz world and the hype,
he is entangled within it as a moderately successful playwright.
So, why didn’t such a talented and proficient
wordsmith become a novelist or a columnist for rent?
Well, no doubt he hates the glitterati and glamour,
but by the same token, cannot live without the prattle and clamour.
He doesn’t so much as love a challenge, but needs to fight a cause he cannot win,
It’s almost martyrdom – but Alceste would never admit to such a thing!