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  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Inc. (October 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822213966
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822213963
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David D on March 19, 2006
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Many times, words on paper must be read aloud in order for anybody to actually laugh. In my experience, only Douglas Adams and David Ives are exceptions to this rule. At the time of this review, David Ives has added eight more plays to the umbrella title of All in the Timing, but I find that the original six-the six included in this version-will always be the best that Ives has to offer. This is true 20th-Century Comedy, complete with fourth-wall demolitions and Ralph Kramden imitations.

Not wanting to take a horribly long time, I'll just mention that my personal favorites of the six are "Sure Thing" and "The Philadelphia". "Sure Thing" features Bill and Betty making small talk in a cafe, but each time they encounter a faux pas, a Freudian slip, or something just plain wrong ("What's a sort-of girlfriend?" "My mother") an offstage bell rings, and the two are aloud to reset and retry their attempts to true love. Equal parts Bill Murray's film Groundhog Day and the "change-your-last-line" improvisation game. "The Philadelphia" is a state of being where a man can get anything except the things for which he asks (a state which eventually means that you can only get a Philly cheesesteak because it is the one thing for whhich you would never dream of asking). One man seems stuck in a Philadelphia and tries to order a Bud and a burger with the help of his friend who is stuck in a mellow Los Angeles stupor. All six are a treat, but I feel those two are especially hilarious.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Hayden on June 28, 2013
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These plays are absolutely incredible. Each play has its own special concept, all of which are brilliantly thought out, from a ''Groundhog Day" like scenario in "Sure Thing" to what would actually happen if you gave monkeys typewriters and asked them to write Shakespeare in "Words, Words, Words." While the plays are based around fanciful concepts, Ives succeeds in making the characters real and relatable, giving the actors plenty of opportunities for character development throughout the laughs. I can't wait to see the production on stage! Also, the script itself came in perfect quality.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "surgeonmd" on February 28, 2002
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LOVE this play! i saw it performed by my pals at the Coronado School of the Arts and i LOVED it! Bloody brilliant, it is! we need more of Ives' brand of humor: intelligence and pure wit mixed with absolute INSANITY! I love this man now! My friends and I are all learning Unamunda: The Universal Language. We went to see it twice, and I'm DYING to see it performed again. Meanwhile, I'm buying it written!
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The short plays were fun and amusing. Good plays for me to study because they helped me clarify for myself the kind of plays I want to write and the techniques to achieve that. These are the kind of plays I wish I had written.
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