Lindsay Community Theater
Lindsay High Drama Club Spring Play
The Biggest Little Theater in Central California
All in the Timing
Mar 1, 2, 8, & 9 at 7:30 PM
Mar 3 & 10 at 2:00 PM
Adult Admission: $5.00
LUSD Learners: $3.00
All in the Timing is a collection of one-act plays by the American playwright David Ives, written between 1987 and 1993. It had its
premiere Off-Broadway in 1993 at Primary Stages, and was revived at Primary Stages in 2013. It was first published by Dramatists
Play Service in 1994, with a collection of six plays; however, the updated collection contains fourteen. The short plays are almost all
comedies (or comedy-dramas), focusing mainly on language and wordplay, existentialist perspectives on life and meaning, and the
complications involved in romantic relationships. High-school and college students frequently perform the plays, often due to their brevity
and undemanding staging requirements.
Sure Thing: A man and a woman meet for the first time in a cafe, where they have an awkward meeting continually reset each time
they say the wrong thing, until, finally, they romantically connect.
Words, Words, Words: Three chimpanzees, named after famous authors and expected to write Hamlet, for the most part waste time
engaging in pointless banter, while occasionally inspired to make grandiose literary allusions.
The Universal Language: A man welcomes a naïve woman into his fraudulent language-learning course, in which he only speaks the
invented language Unamunda; however, he confesses to the deception as he begins to fall in love with her.
Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread: A musical parody of minimalist composer Philip Glass.
The Philadelphia: At a restaurant, a man is informed by a friend that his frustratingly unlucky day is the result of his ensnarement in an
anomalous pocket of reality, called a "Philadelphia," in which he will only be fulfilled by asking for the opposites of what he wants. By the
end, the man begins to feel content at last, only for his friend to be pulled also into the Philadelphia, while the waitress groans of her own
entanglement in a "Cleveland."
Variations on the Death of Trotsky: In comic fashion, revolutionary Leon Trotsky dies over and over again from a mountain-climber's
axe-wound received many hours prior. Ultimately, Trotsky talks directly to his assassin who, while posing as a gardener, actually helped
make some flowers in the garden grow. This sparks Trotsky to make his final philosophical statements on human life before he dies a
One reviewer of the 2013 revival wrote: "...two decades later, these carefully constructed sketches, which highlight Ives' fascination with
language, are still to be savored. Even when they occasionally miss their mark or wear out their welcome, the skits put most of the recent
writing of Saturday Night Live to shame.... you don't have to be a great intellectual to fully appreciate any of the show's pieces. Certainly
not the delicious opener, 'Sure Thing,' in which two strangers (Elrod and Rooth) replay their first meeting in a café with dozens of
small changes until a romantic connection is forged..."