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Ancient History

Ancient History
Your Price: $16.95 CDN
Author: David Ives
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 55
Pub. Date: 1996
Edition: Revised
ISBN-10: 0822215829
ISBN-13: 9780822215820

About the Play:

Ancient History is a full-length comedy by David Ives. A deftly constructed and very funny study of the "battle of the sexes." Alternating sharp wit with penetrating insights, the play probes into the difficulties encountered by today's young professionals in trying to build a meaningful relationship outside of marriage.

Ruth and Jack, both in their mid-thirties, believe themselves perfectly suited to each other. But when Ruth suddenly mentions marriage, a subtle but ominous change is felt in their relationship. As it happens, Ruth is Jewish, Jack is a lapsed Catholic who scorns religion; she is career oriented and bent on success; he is a poorly paid teacher who is happy to settle for what he has; she fears her stern parents would never accept her marrying a non-Jewish man; he has already been through one failed marriage and is wary of repeating his mistake. And while the mood at first is light-hearted and filled with brightly humorous lines, it is also punctuated by the random ringing of an unseen phone — at which times the protagonists quickly vary the mood and express their secret feelings and recriminations in brief, often caustic, monologues. Later, no holds are barred, and the irreconcilable differences that were largely sublimated in the beginning now burst forth in full fury, leading to a monumental explosion and, apparently, Ruth and Jack's acceptance of the sobering truth that there is more that divides than unites them.

Cast: 1 woman, 1 man

What people say:

"…a riveting theatrical experience … a gripping, sobering picture of young people in our time." — Show Business

"David Ives is a rarity among young playwrights: He has a firm grasp of structure and composition, and he orchestrates them adroitly." — New York Daily News

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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