September 20, 2010
Troy Peckham and Michael K. Lewis
DEKALB -- A dizzying display of wordplay lies at the heart of the NIU School of Theatre and Dance’s first production of the season, opening September 23 in the Stevens Building O’Connell Theatre. All in the Timing consists of six humorous acts that are each an independent play.
According to the School of Theatre and Dance brochure, playwright David Ives uses wordplay in his one-act plays “to support the notion that people have a better chance of connecting with each other if they never speak.”
One plot, titled Sure Thing, revolves around the first meeting between a man and a woman that is continually reset by an alarm each time one of them says the wrong thing. And another act, Words, Words, Words, centers on three chimpanzees trying to write their own version of Hamlet.
The Universal Language follows a developing romance spoken entirely in an invented language. Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread is a musical parody of composer Philip Glass. The Philadelphia contains a man in a restaurant who must ask for the opposite of what he wants. And Variations on the Death of Trotsky is self-explanatory.
The play is a remount of a production performed by current and former NIU students in June in the Chicago area. Josh Anderson, a performer from the summer production, is directing this fall’s remount with a different cast.
Anderson commented that the productions will differ based on what each actor brings to the roles. He believes that his role as the director is to guide each actor in finding his/her own take on the role.
While it was a challenge to direct a production consisting of six smaller plays, Anderson also had a great deal of fun. He cites the unique voice of David Ives in providing an engaging and cohesive whole to the play. Anderson says, “Ive’s voice is at the heart and soul of each piece, so [directing All in the Timing] is not as challenging as if each act were written by a different person.”
Ives’ comedies of words will be performed in the O’Connell Theatre from September 23 through 26 and September 29 through October 3. Tickets have been on sale since September 2.
Tickets can be purchased from the Stevens Building box office in the lobby of the Stevens Building on the DeKalb campus. It is open Monday through Thursday 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., Friday 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m., and one hour before show times. Tickets can also be purchased online at http://www.niu.edu/theatre. Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $8 for students. The box office can be reached at (815) 753-1600.
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