By Patrick Dorn

Dorothy turned to the obituary page and read:

A sad relic of a bygone era committed suicide Friday, after a long battle with depression. “Rusty was never the same after his partner, the Cowardly Lion, overdosed on anti-anxiety medication,” the Scarecrow reported. “He just stopped caring, becoming an empty shell of a man. I think he died of a broken heart.” Tin Man’s body is to be recycled. No services will be held.

Dorothy set the paper aside, flicked her Bic and stared at the flame. “Two down, one to go,” she said.


Patrick Dorn

Patrick Dorn

Patrick Dorn’s most recent play is “The Wacky Wizard of Oz.” He delights in skewering sacred cows, but only when there’s nothing better to fondue.