David Ives





David Ives

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born
in Chicago, The United States
January 01, 1950

gender
male


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A contemporary American playwright whose plays often consist of one act and are generally comedies. They are notable for their verbal dexterity, theatrical invention, and quirky humor.

He earned his MFA in Playwriting from The Yale School of Drama. A Guggenheim Fellow in playwriting, David is probably best known for his evening of one-act comedies called "All In the Timing". The show won the Outer Critics Circle Playwriting Award, ran for two years Off-Broadway, and in the 1995-96 season was the most-performed play in the country after Shakespeare productions.


Average rating: 4.09 · 4,449 ratings · 279 reviews · 31 distinct works · Similar authors
All in the Timing
4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 3,077 ratings — published 1994 — 5 editions
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Venus in Fur
4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 601 ratings — published 2011 — 5 editions
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Time Flies and Other Short ...
4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 169 ratings2 editions
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Voss
3.45 of 5 stars 3.45 avg rating — 106 ratings — published 2008
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Sure Thing
4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 63 ratings
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Scrib
3.22 of 5 stars 3.22 avg rating — 51 ratings — published 2005 — 2 editions
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The Liar
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Polish Joke and Other Plays
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Monsieur Eek
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Lives of the Saints: Seven ...
3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 23 ratings — published 2000
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“Ultimately one has to pity these poor souls who know every secret about writing, directing, designing, producing, and acting but are stuck in those miserable day jobs writing reviews. Will somebody help them, please?”
David Ives

“Vanda (as Dunayev): I am a pagan. I am a Greek. I love the ancients not for their pediments or their poetry, but becausein their world Venus could love Paris one day and Anchises the next. Because they're not the moderns, who live in their mind, and because they're the opposite of Christians, who live on a cross. I don't live in my mind, or on a cross. I live on this divan. In this dress. In these stockings and these shoes. I want to live the way Helen and Aspasia lived, not the twisted women of today, who are never happy and never give happiness. Who won't admit that they want love without limit. Why should I forgo any possible pleasure, abstain from any sensual experience? I'm young, I'm rich, and I'm beautiful and I shall make the most of that. I shall deny myself nothing.

Thomas (as Kushemski): I certainly respect your devotion to principle.

Vanda (as Dunayev): I don't need your respect, excuse me. I'll take happiness. My happiness, not society's happiness. I will love a man who pleases me, and please a man who makes me happy--but only as long as he makes me happy, not a moment longer.”
David Ives, Venus in Fur

“Vanda (as Dunayev): In our society, a woman's only power is through men. Her character is her lack of character. She's a blank, to be filled in my creatures who at heart despise her. I want to see what Woman will be when she ceases to be man's slave. When she has the same rights as he, when she's his equal in education and his partner in work. When she becomes herself. An individual.”
David Ives, Venus in Fur

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