Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT), the professional producing arm of the Department of Dramatic Arts at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, continues its Nutmeg Summer Series with the David Ives' comedy, All in the Timing, playing June 10 through 20, 2010 in the Nafe Katter Theatre. This is CRT's first full summer season since 2002. The Nutmeg Summer Series will begin with the rock musical Rent, playing May 27 through June 6 in the Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre (also located on the Storrs campus). Following the production of All in the Timing from June 10-20, the Nutmeg Summer Series will continue with the song-and-dance spectacular, Smokey Joe's Café, playing June 24 through July 4 in the Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre; and Endurance, a world premiere play presented by movement theatre artists, Split Knuckle Theatre, running from June 24 through June 27 in the Nafe Katter Theatre. Tickets are now available for each of the productions by calling the Jorgensen Box Office at 860-486-4226 or visiting www.crt.uconn.edu. Rent, All in the Timing and Smokey Joe's Café can also be purchased as a subscription, with Endurance available as an "add on" to the subscription package.
All in the Timing
By David Ives
June 10 - 20
Nafe Katter Theatre
Described by Ben Brantley of the New York Times as "a wild slice of cerebral vaudeville . . . six utterly delightful one-act plays" make for one great evening of hilarious theatre! Uproarious and smartly written, this is comedy that will tickle your brain and touch your heart!
Caption for image provided with press release: CRT's production of All in the Timing - set rendering by scenic designer Michael Anania.
All in the Timing was originally a book of six one-act plays written by David Ives between 1987 and 1993, and published by Dramatists Play Service in 1994:
Sure Thing: A man and a woman meet for the first time in a cafe, where they have an awkward meeting that continually restarts each time they say the wrong thing, until, finally, they connect.
Words, Words, Words: Three chimpanzees attempt to write Hamlet, discussing the merits of literature and questioning its necessity.
The Universal Language: A man and a woman fall in love while communicating in the invented language Unamunda.
Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread: A musical parody of minimalist composer, Philip Glass, in which he has an existential crisis in a bakery.
The Philadelphia: A man in a strange place where he must ask for the opposite of what he wants in a restaurant.
The Lives of the Saints: Edna and Flo, with perfect Polish accents, prepare for a post-funeral feast with the help of some willing stage hands.
All in the Timing performances will take place in the Nafe Katter Theatre. Evening performances start at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Matinee performances start at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Single ticket prices for All in the Timing range from $15 to $37. Subscription package options range from $36 to $84. The Nafe Katter Theatre and the Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre are located on the campus of the University of Connecticut in Storrs. Both venues offer air-conditioned comfort and convenient free parking. Children must be at least 4 years old to attend CRT productions. Not all productions are suitable for young children; please call 860.486.1629 for more information. CRT's Corporate Sponsors for the Nutmeg Summer Series are Hamilton Sundstrand, Tim Hunter Design and Leyland Alliance. CRT's Community Partners for the Nutmeg Summer Series are Mansfield Community Center, Nathan Hale Inn, UConn Dairy Bar, WHUS 91.7FM and Willimantic Chronicle.
David Ives is probably best known for his evening of one-act comedies called All In The Timing. In 2007, he simultaneously had a drama off-Broadway (New Jerusalem, about the excommunication about Spinoza, at Classic Stage Company) and a comedy on Broadway (Is He Dead?, adapted from a play by Mark Twain, at the Lyceum). His short plays are collected in two anthologies, All In The Timing (Vintage) and Time Flies (Grove). His full-length theatre works are available in Polish Joke And Other Plays (Grove). He is also the author of three young-adult novels, Monsieur Eek, Scrib, and Voss. He has adapted 22 American musicals for City Center's Encores series, as well as South Pacific (with Reba McEntire) and Jubilee for concert at Carnegie Hall, and My Fair Lady for the New York Philharmonic. He recently translated Georges Feydeau's classic French farce, A Flea In Her Ear, for Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and Yasmina Reza's A Spanish Play for Classic Stage Company. He is a graduate of Yale School of Drama, a former Guggenheim Fellow in playwriting, and is the Secretary of the Dramatists Guild of America.