A brief rundown of the skits is as follows:
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.
- "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
- "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
|Matthew Robert Bowers, Sarah Walling,
and Eddie Elston in "The Philadelphia."
||Eddie Elston, Nick Heacock, and Jessica
Mosher in "Words, Words, Words."