Listen to a conversation between two students.
How's it going, Tom?
So-so. I've got a problem.
Well, the theater club's going to be doing this play I really wanna try out for¡ªa production of Hamlet.
It's my favorite Shakespeare play...
And, I thought the auditions were next week, but it turns out they're tomorrow morning.
So I haven't prepared at all.
Well, to audition, you have perform a monologue—you choose a small part of the play—like two or three minutes—and you perform it for the director.
And based on that, the director chooses which actors' ll get parts in the play.
Oh, OK. But you still have tonight to prepare...
Well, the trouble is, I promised a friend I'd help him study for a big physics test tonight.
He's not doing well in the class, and I got an A in that class last semester.
I mean I could just cancel—
you know, just tell him "sorry, I can't help you tonight."
Could he find someone else to study with?
Yeah, he probably could. But I did promise him...
Another option would be, I could help my friend study for his exam,
and then after we finish, I could just stay up late—
all night, if necessary—and prepare for the audition.
That'd still leave you enough time to prepare?
Yes, I think so.
I mean, it'd definitely be better to have more time, but...
And you might not perform very well if you're tired....