…replaying his dissolute youth and repentance in drag …or maybe it’s the Buddha? The only thing missing is the patron saint of nagging mothers, Santa Monica. However, this is not the first time this history has repeated itself as farce. Imogene Coca (and Coleman, Comden and Greene) wrapped it up and tied it with a ribbon in On the Twentieth Century:
Like you I once was wild; men shouted “Oh, you kid!”
A life of shame I led, and dirty doings did
Until one night I saw the light, and heard salvation’s call:
[muted trumpet tootle offstage]
I’m so glad I didn’t hear it, until I did it all!