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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press; 1st edition (March 30, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080213758X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802137586
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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By Matthew Weaver on April 5, 2001
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I admit to being a little concerned that "Time Flies" would fail to reach the spectacular heights Ives met with "All in the Timing." I should have had more faith.
With "Time Flies," Ives is on familiar, solid ground, doing exactly what he does best. The title story is excellent, and I love "Degas, C'est Moi." "The Mystery at Twicknam Vicarage" is a great spoof of PBS drama and British theatre.
But my faves are "Babel's in Arms," about the plight facing two ancient Babylonian workers called upon to build a tower reaching God, and "Soap Opera," about a man in love with his washing machine.
If you'll pardon the pun, the plays in "Time Flies" show Ives is having fun.
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These one-act plays are hilarious. They are a great addition to Ives' original All in the Timing collection. I have worked in community theatre for over twenty years and highly recommend these shows for ease of production and comedic value.
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An offbeat collection of 12 mostly comic short scenes suitable for a workshop or school productions, though in a few cases I suspect the language could present a problem in a high school setting. It's not as good as Ives' “All in the Timing” but the titular and extremely witty piece profiling the tiny window for dating and establishing a meaningful relationship for two short lived 24 hour mayflies Horace and May is worth the price of admission. Similarly quipped, is “Babel's in Arms” where two inventive stone workers tasked with the construction of the Tower of Babel come up with a unique solution to appease their management overseers. Speed the Play is a spot on spoof of plays by David Mamet, and could easily be inserted either after intermission or as an encore Easter egg following a production of any of his plays. And “The Mystery at Twicknam Vicarage” is a fun little spoof of English drawing room mysteries. I also enjoyed “The Enigma Variations”, a short “Sliding Doors” piece where two parallel Bills and Bebes act out the same scene multiple times, though the Rod Sterling stand-in of Fifi

Lesser pieces include “Lives of the Saints” is about two accented European women preparing food for a funeral gathering where the gimmick is the actors mime their actions and the sound effects technicians are visible to the audience – the story is not that interesting and technically it's not much of a stretch as sound has to do the same work anyway. “The Green Hill” is a tale about a man's quest to experience the locale of a particular photograph, and though the character travels the world it doesn't really go anywhere.
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If you like "All in the Timing" you might be a little disappointed by "Time Flies". Like most sophomore efforts, it's not quite as good at the initial offering. Having said that, there are a couple of gems, including the titular play and "Degas, Cest Moi".
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By Guido on September 12, 2009
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David Ives is one of the few playwrights in America to maintain mainstream success with short plays. His previous ALL IN THE TIMING has been one of the most-produced evenings of short plays in America. TIME FLIES isn't quite up to that quality, but it's very close. A fun read, and a fun evening of theater.
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