David Ives’ “All in the Timing” is the newest production of the Glendale Community College theatre department, directed by David Seitz.
The show consisted of six separate one-act plays, each with unique concepts, settings and characters.
The seating for the show was very intimate, as the matinee audience of over 20 were seated directly on stage, rather than in the house. Several moments from the plays made the audience laugh out loud.
“Sure Thing” follows Bill and Betty, who meet at a coffee shop for the first time and try to get to know each other. With the ding of a bell, each part of their conversation is restarted with different dialogue until they can romantically connect. Next, “Words, Words, Words” showcased Milton, Kafka, and Swift, three monkeys locked in a cage with typewriters, that must eventually write “Hamlet”.
In “The Universal Language”, Dawn, a shy student, is introduced to a strange new language, termed “Unamunda” by Don, a fraudulent language instructor. Fourth, “Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread” was very fast paced, as the actors repeatedly recited the opening dialogue of a man named Philip meeting an old love at a bakery. Fifth, we are introduced to “A Philadelphia”, following Mark, a man in a diner that has fallen into an alternate dimension where he can’t get anything he wants, unless he asks for the opposite of it. In the final one-act, “Variations on the Death of Trotsky”, historical figure Leon Trotsky tries to understand that it’s his last day on Earth, and that there’s a mountain-climber’s axe buried in his skull.
The entire cast gave outstanding performances, with several standing out.
Isaac Salazar and Gabriela Rezzano’s fast-paced banter as Bill and Betty in “Sure Thing” was very entertaining, shifting from hostile, flirtatious and other emotions with the ring of a bell. Megan Buchert’s performance as Dawn in “The Universal Language” was also heartwarming. Dawn began the scene shy and stuttering, but grew more confident as she grasped “Unamunda”.
The set for each one-act was fairly minimalist, but very creatively put together, varying from a diner, to a classroom to the office of Leon Trotsky. The lighting was visually stunning, especially in “Phillip Glass buys a Loaf of Bread”. As the characters moved through the space, the lights’ intensity would change, and different colors were used.
Overall, the one-acts of “All in the Timing” are not only consistently hilarious, but also romantic, reflective, and heartwarming, making for another great production anyone can enjoy.
The final two performances of “All in the Timing” are Oct. 11-12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.