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All in the Timing: Six One-Act Comedies

All in the Timing: Six One-Act Comedies
Your Price: $16.95 CDN
Author: David Ives
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 98
Pub. Date: 1994
ISBN-10: 0822213966
ISBN-13: 9780822213963

About the Play:

Winner of the the Outer Circle Critics John Gassner Playwriting Award.

All in the Timing contains six one-act plays by David Ives. This critically acclaimed, award-winning evening of comedies combines wit, intellect, satire and just plain fun. A hilarious sextet whether played together or separately. This volume includes Sure Thing and Words, Words, Words, which are ideal choices for high school drama contests and one-act festivals.

Sure Thing is a classic of contemporary comedy. Two people meet in a cafe and find their way through a conversational minefield as an offstage bell interrupts their false starts, gaffes, and faux pas on the way to falling in love. (Cast: 1 woman, 1 man)

Words, Words, Words is particularly suitable for schools and play contests. It recalls the philosophical adage that three monkeys typing into infinity will sooner or later produce Hamlet and asks: What would monkeys talk about at their typewriters? (Cast: 1 woman, 2 men)

The Universal Language brings together Dawn, a young woman with a stutter, and Don, the creator and teacher of Unamunda, a wild comic language. Their lesson sends them off into a dazzling display of hysterical verbal pyrotechnics — and, of course, true love. (Cast: 1 woman, 2 men)

Philip Glass Buys A Loaf Of Bread is a parodic musical vignette in trademark Glassian style, with the celebrated composer having a moment of existential crisis in a bakery. (Cast: 2 women, 2 men)

The Philadelphia presents a young man in a restaurant who has fallen into "a Philadelphia," a Twilight Zone-like state in which he cannot get anything he asks for. His only way out of the dilemma? To ask for the opposite of what he wants. (Cast: 1 woman, 2 men)

Variations On The Death Of Trotsky shows us the Russian revolutionary on the day of his demise, desperately trying to cope with the mountain-climber's axe he's discovered in his head. (Cast: 1 woman, 2 men)

All in the Timing premiered in 1993 Off-Broadway at Primary Stages, ran for two years, and won the Outer Critics Circle Playwriting Award. The play has become a favourite scene study vehicle in acting classes and workshops and is now massively popular with community theaters and regional repertory houses. High-school and college students frequently perform the plays, often due to their brevity and undemanding staging requirements.

What people say:

"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." — New York Times

"Theatre that aerobicizes the brain and tickles the heart. Ives is a mordant comic who has put the play back in playwright … A wondrous wordmaster." — Time Magazine

"An original turn of mind is to be saluted in our tired theatre…A playwright with ideas, his own ideas, in his head is relatively rare. Such a one is David Ives." — New York Magazine

About the Playwright:

David Ives is an American playwright, screenwriter, and novelist who was born in Chicago and educated at Northwestern University and Yale School of Drama. He is perhaps best known for his evenings of comic one-act comedies, a reputation which resulted in the The New York Times referring to him as the "maestro of the short form". A former Guggenheim Fellow in playwriting, he has also written dramatic plays, narrative stories, and screenplays. He lives in New York City.

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