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All in the Timing: Fourteen Plays

All in the Timing: Fourteen Plays

David Ives

ISBN: 9780679759287

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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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, " " Mortals, " " English Made Simple, " " A Singular Kinda Guy, " " Speed-the-Play, " " Ancient History, " and " Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread."
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David Ives

David Ives

David Ives is probably best known for his evenings of one-acts, collected as All in the Timing (Vintage Books) and Time Flies (Grove Press). His full-length work to date has been collected in Polish Joke and Other Plays (Grove). He is also the author of two young-adult novels, Monsieur Eek and Scrib. He lives in New York City with his wife, Martha. view full profile

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