All in the Timing: Fourteen Plays by David Ives

By David Ives

The area in accordance with David Ives is a really upload position, and his performs represent a digital tension try out of the English language -- and of the audience's capability for disorientation and pleasure. Ives's characters plunge into black holes known as "Philadelphias," the place the best wants are hilariously thwarted. Chimps named Milton, rapid, and Kafka are locked in a room and made to re-create Hamlet. And a con guy peddles classes in a doubtful language within which "hello" interprets as "velcro" and "fraud" comes out as "freud."

At as soon as spell binding and confusing, incisively clever and side-splittingly humorous, this unique paperback variation of Ives's performs contains "Sure Thing," "Words, phrases, Words," "The common Language," "Variations at the dying of Trotsky," "The Philadelphia," "Long in the past and much Away," "Foreplay, or The paintings of the Fugue," "Seven Menus," "Mere 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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