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 · 3,535 ratings · 244 reviews · 31 distinct works · Similar authors
All in the Timing
4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 2,526 ratings — published 1994 — 5 editions
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Venus in Fur
4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 376 ratings — published 2011 — 4 editions
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Time Flies and Other Short ...
3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 140 ratings2 editions
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Voss
3.44 of 5 stars 3.44 avg rating — 104 ratings — published 2008
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Sure Thing
4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 45 ratings
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Scrib
3.23 of 5 stars 3.23 avg rating — 43 ratings — published 2005 — 2 editions
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Polish Joke and Other Plays
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 27 ratings — published 2004 — 2 editions
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The Liar
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Monsieur Eek
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Lives of the Saints: Seven ...
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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

“I felt flattered to be the kinda person one would kick out of a saloon. That takes some character.”
David Ives, Scrib

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