All in the Timing: Fourteen Plays

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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 ...
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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."

The 14 short plays collected here introduce readers to one of the most intelligent and anarchically funny playwrights of the last decade and his "utterly delightful one-act plays that percolate with comic brio" (The New York Times.

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679759287
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/28/1994
  • Series: Vintage Original Series
  • Edition description: A Vintage original, 1st ed
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 276,050
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 8.01 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Sure Thing 1
Words, Words, Words 19
The Universal Language 31
Variations on the Death of Trotsky 53
The Philadelphia 67
Long Ago and Far Away 81
Foreplay, or The Art of the Fugue 103
Seven Menus 127
Mere Mortals 155
English Made Simple 177
A Singular Kinda Guy 193
Speed-the-Play 199
Ancient History 213
Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread 295
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