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"Theater that aerobicizes the brain and tickles the heart...Ives is a mordant comic who has put the play back in playwright." -- Time
The world according to David Ives is a very add place, and his plays constitute a virtual stress test of the English language -- and of the audience's capacity for disorientation and delight. Ives's characters plunge into black holes called "Philadelphias," where the simplest desires are hilariously thwarted. Chimps named Milton, Swift, and Kafka are locked in a room and made to re-create Hamlet. And a con man peddles courses in a dubious language in which "hello" translates as "velcro" and "fraud" comes out as "freud."
At once enchanting and perplexing, incisively intelligent and side-splittingly funny, this original paperback edition of Ives's plays includes "Sure Thing," "Words, Words, Words," "The Universal Language," "Variations on the Death of Trotsky," "The Philadelphia," "Long Ago and Far Away," "Foreplay, or The Art of the Fugue," "Seven Menus," "Mere Mortals," "English Made Simple," "A Singular Kinda Guy," "Speed-the-Play," "Ancient History," and "Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread."
Great selection of shows for High School performance!Published 2 months ago by GWCS Press (Consignment)
Cute plays made me laugh out loud, though the set is of uneven quality. I was intrigued by his translation of the production of Corneille's The Liar by Writer's Theater in Glencoe... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Molly Johnson
David Ives' work is unique, original, and borders on the surreal. His short plays, performed together would make for a terrific evening of one-acts for a creative theatrical... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mike Kimmel
I saw an amateur production of some of Ives' work and the work far surpassed the performances except for on piece but the material caused me to buy this book. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Elton W. Spaulding
NOT A GOOD IDEA! Couldn't drag m'self thru it! The suggestion came from an English Professor and that's just not my field!Published 20 months ago by Iadora Kelley
Ives has been around for a while, but his clever commentary, use of and fascinatio with the intricacies and quirks of language, and his unique perspective on social interaction is... Read morePublished on March 28, 2013 by Argonaut
If you don't know the playwright David Ives then you should get to know him. His introductory chapter is a delightfully funny collection of answers to common questions a... Read morePublished on May 8, 2012 by L. King
All in the Timing: Fourteen Plays
This is a great book if you are looking for humorous scenes to use in an acting class. Read more
Ives is original and funny, with an acute sense of satire and irony. I chose the book as a text for an EFL course, for which it is not really suited, but I have greatly enjoyed... Read morePublished on October 3, 2008 by Alfredo Hamill