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All in the Timing by David Ives
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May 12, 2012

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David Ives is a masterful playwright. He knows how to say a lot without saying much (or by saying the same simple things over and over). His plays are either devastatingly funny or just...devsstating. He explores all manner of human relationships, though mostly romantic ones, in ways the are honest to the point of brutality and sometimes almost too cynical to take. However, his plays feel - you can't deny that. Variations on the Death of Trotsky, The Philadelphia, and A Singular Kind of Guy are all quite funny. His use of musical rythmns for Foreplay (the fugue) and Ancient History is stunning. Ancient History is a great exploration of the end of a relationship that burns with honesty - he did a great job of showing (instead of telling) the cyclical nature of relationships and the "practicing" that comes before the real end of something. Seven Menus is also about the end of relationships, but is just too cynical. His experiments in language in Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread, English Made Simple, and the Universal Language seem interesting, but I have a sense that I wasn't really able to get a true sense of them (they need to be acted, especially Philip Glass). A nice collection of plays.

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