all in the timing by david ives
Saturday, October 27th: 3 PM & 8 PM
Sunday, October 28th: 3 PM
TICKET INFO TO COME
Dane CT Leasure
All in the Timing is a collection of one-act plays by the American playwright David Ives, written between 1987 and 1993. It had its premiere Off-Broadway in 1993 at Primary Stages. The short plays are almost all comedies (or comedy-dramas), focusing mainly on language and wordplay, existentialist perspectives on life and meaning, and the complications involved in romantic relationships.
Winner of the John Gassner Playwriting Award. This critically acclaimed, award-winning evening of comedies combines wit, intellect, satire and just plain fun. A hilarious sextet whether played together or separately. "Like sketches for some hilarious, celestially conceived revue. The writing is not only very funny, it has density of thought and precision of poetry…ALL IN THE TIMING is by a master of fun. David Ives spins hilarity out of words." —The New York Times.
Sure Thing: A man and a woman meet for the first time in a cafe, where they have an awkward meeting continually reset each time they say the wrong thing, until, finally, they romantically connect.
Words, Words, Words: This play takes the “infinite monkey theorem”-- the idea that given enough time, three monkeys in a room could eventually compose any given text, including Shakespeare’s Hamlet -- and turns it into reality.
The Universal Language: A man welcomes a naïve woman into his fraudulent language-learning course, in which he only speaks the invented language Unamunda; however, he confesses to the deception as he begins to fall in love with her.
Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread: An existential mini-musical parody based on the work of composer Philip Glass. The short play imitates composer Philip Glass's minimalist style; that is to say that comparatively few words and ideas are repeated many times throughout the work.
The Philadelphia: A man discovers that he’s entered a strange pocket of the universe where the only way to get what he wants is to ask for the opposite, a “Philadelphia.” By the end, the man begins to feel content at last, only for his friend to be pulled also into the Philadelphia, while the waitress groans of her own entanglement in a "Cleveland."
Variations on the Death of Trotsky: The audience is treated to the hilarious vision of the famous Marxist Leon Trotsky dying over and over again from a mountain-climber's axe-wound received many hours prior.