All in the Timing

David Ives' All in the Timing directed by Regina Cabral

From November 8 - November 23, 2002 each Friday, Saturday and Sunday, a small cast of seven LOOKOUT! actors took on several of Ives' challenging and thought provoking skits. The actors were: Dorena Hardin, Mari Carson, Eddie Elston, Jessica Mosher, Nick Heacock, Sarah Walling, and Matthew Robert Bowers; the skits were: "Sure Thing," "Words, Words, Words," "The Philadelphia," "Variations on the Death of Trotsky," "Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread," and "The Universal Language." Each actor assumed different characters throughout the night showcasing LOOKOUT!'s comedic talent, and the pure ingenuity of Ives' work.

A brief rundown of the skits is as follows:
  • "Sure Thing" features two strangers on the unlikeliest of first exchanges. Each time they say something astray from the perfect romantic meeting, a bell chimes and time heads back a few lines to set the future lovers back on course.
  • "Words, Words, Words" begins with the idiomatic expression 'if you put a hundred monkeys in a room with a hundred typewriters and let them type until the end of time, eventually they'll reproduce the complete works of Shakespeare.' This skit features three of these intellectual monkeys on their quest to recreate a body of literature they've never read.
  • "The Philadelphia" describes a condition where someone finds it impossible to get anything they want. Whatever they order will be out of stock, whatever they want, the opposite will happen. One character gets stuck in a 'Philadelphia', but luckily his pal is stuck in a 'Los Angeles' and is able to give him some tips on surfing through Philly.
  • "Variations on the Death of Trotsky" depicts the questionable events surrounding Trotsky's death. After an assassin reportedly stabbed an ice pick through his head, Trotsky miraculously lived on for almost a day before dying. This skit takes a comic perspective on what filled those hours.
  • "Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread" is performed in chorus by four actors who in voicing the lines in various rhythms and notes, give the feeling of Philip Glass' characteristic minimalist music.
  • "The Universal Language" is loosely based on the movement in the nineties to adopt Esperanto as a unilateral language for humans to communicate. This skit follows a few lessons in a musical language that illustrates the confusion that lovers experience in any language.


Photos from the All in the Timing

The Philadelphia
Matthew Robert Bowers, Sarah Walling, and Eddie Elston in "The Philadelphia." Eddie Elston, Nick Heacock, and Jessica Mosher in "Words, Words, Words."



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