Theatre Workshop of Owensboro’s first show of the 2008-09 season is “All in the Timing.” The collection of six, one-act pieces opens Friday night at TWO, 407 W. Fifth St. The show continues Saturday night, then runs Sept. 5-7 and 12-13. For tickets, call 683-5333 .
According to a synopsis from TWO: This play is a celebration of excellent crafted language, unusual characters in hilarious situations, and is a real crowd pleaser. As the name implies, All in the Timing is not merely a reference to chronemics but the skilled timing the actors must use to make this play “tick”. David Ives six short sketches provide a wide assortment of characters, ranging from Leon Trotsky to an underhanded scam artist, typing apes to a bungling four person chorus, and couples that just don’t seem to communicate effectively. Some mature language is used, but nothing too gratuitous in nature. A long running Off-Broadway hit, it has been staged all over the United States and remains popular long after it’s New York run ended in 1995.
SURE THINGa classic of contemporary comedy: Two people meet in a cafe and find their way through a conversational minefield as an offstage bell interrupts their false starts, gaffes, and faux pas on the way to falling in love.
WORDS, WORDS, WORDS recalls the philosophical adage that three monkeys typing into infinity will sooner or later produce HAMLET and asks: What would monkeys talk about at their typewriters?
THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGEbrings together Dawn, a young woman with a stutter, and Don, the creator and teacher of Unamunda, a wild comic language. Their lesson sends them off into a dazzling display of hysterical verbal pyrotechnics—and, of course, true love.
PHILIP GLASS BUYS A LOAF OF BREADis a parodic musical vignette in trademark Glassian style, with the celebrated composer having a moment of existential crisis in a bakery.
THE PHILADELPHIA presents a young man in a restaurant who has fallen into “a Philadelphia,” a Twilight Zone-like state in which he cannot get anything he asks for. His only way out of the dilemma? To ask for the opposite of what he wants.
VARIATIONS ON THE DEATH OF TROTSKY shows us the Russian revolutionary on the day of his demise, desperately trying to cope with the mountain-climber’s axe he’s discovered in his head.