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All in the Timing was originally a book of six one act plays by David Ives dating from 1987 to 1993. The current collection contains fourteen one acts. The plays are short and comedic, with frequent wordplay. These plays are commonly performed, especially by high school and college students, due to their brevity, wit and simplicity in staging. They are: A one act play, or more commonly one act, is a short play that takes place in one act or usually one scene as opposed to the more common plays that takes place over a number of scenes in one or more acts, such as Shakespearean productions. ... David Johnson Ives is a an American playwright. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... i dont like this page. ...


The original six plays:

  • Sure Thing, where a man and a woman meeting for the first time in a cafe have an awkward meeting repeatedly reset every time they say the wrong thing, until they finally connect.
  • Words, Words, Words, where three chimpanzees attempt to write Hamlet.
  • The Universal Language, in which a man and a woman fall in love while communicating in the invented language Unamunda.
  • Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread, a musical parody of minimalist composer Philip Glass, in which he has an existential crisis in a bakery.
  • The Philadelphia, featuring a man in a strange state where he must ask for the opposite of what he wants in a restaurant.
  • Variations on the Death of Trotsky, in which Leon Trotsky dies, several times.

Other plays now a part of All in the Timing: The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark is a tragedy by William Shakespeare and one of his most well-known and oft-quoted plays. ... Philip Glass looks upon sheet music in a portrait taken by Annie Leibovitz. ... Leon Trotsky Leon Davidovich Trotsky ▶(?) (Russian: Лев Давидович Троцкий; also transliterated Leo, Lev, Trotskii, Trotski, Trotskij and Trotzky ) (October 26 (O.S.) = November 7 (N.S.), 1879 – August 21, 1940), born Lev Davidovich Bronstein (Лев Давидович Бронштейн), was a Bolshevik revolutionary and Marxist theorist. ...

  • Long Ago and Far Away, a married yuppie couple argues about the nature of reality and becomes caught up in a bizzare scenario involving time travel and suicide. This is one of the few dramatic pieces in All in the Timing.
  • Foreplay, or The Art of the Fugue, A miniature golf game involving three couples, all with similar names, becomes a playground for sexual entendres.
  • Seven Menus
  • Mere Mortals, three blue-collar construction workers discuss how they are really the Lindbergh baby, the son of Czar Nicholas II of Russia, and the reincarnation of Marie Antoinette.
  • English Made Simple
  • A Singular Kinda Guy
  • Speed-the-Play, a parody of the works of American playwright David Mamet. His major works are each lampooned.
  • Ancient History


Ives, David. All in the Timing: Fourteen Plays. Dramatists Play Service, 1994. ISBN 067975928X. Yuppie, short for Young Urban Professional, describes a demographic of people comprising baby boomers as well as people in their late twenties and early thirties. ... A blue-collar worker is a working class employee who performs manual or technical labor, such as in a factory or in technical maintenance trades, in contrast to a white-collar worker, who does non-manual work generally at a desk. ... Lindbergh baby kidnapping poster The Lindbergh kidnapping was the abduction and murder of the toddler son of world famous aviator Charles Lindbergh, Sr. ... Tsar, (Bulgarian цар�, Russian царь; often spelled Czar or Tzar in English), was the title used for the autocratic rulers of the First and Second Bulgarian Empires since 913, in Serbia in the middle of the 14th century, and in Russia from 1547 to 1917. ... Nicholas II can refer to: Pope Nicholas II Tsar Nicholas II of Russia This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Marie-Antoinette, Queen of France and Archduchess of Austria (born November 1755 – executed 16 October 1793) Daughter of Maria Theresa of Austria, wife of Louis XVI and mother of Louis XVII. She was guillotined at the height of the French Revolution. ... David Alan Mamet (born November 30, 1947) is a Jewish-American playwright, screenwriter, director and poet born in Flossmoor, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois. ...


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