Six prize winning one-act plays from Off Broadway opened more shows in America than any playwright except Shakespeare when the bizzare comedy “All In The Timing” closed in New York.
Playright David Ives made stage history with this ultra-modern play that will stun most
play-lovers with its realism and surrealism. Nobody did it quite like he has done.
Now the play has come to McAllen. The South Texas Players present the award-winning comedy in four performances, starting Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 8 p.m. at South Texas College, Cooper Center for Communication Arts.
The unusual but entertaining play also runs at 8 p.m. Oct. 22 and 24, then at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25. Phone (956) 872-2639 for reservations.
For tickets, general admission is $7, seniors and military personnel get in for $5, students and staff at STC for $3.
Prudes, Winter Texans and children under 16 should be warned that the South Texas Players put in their program “Note: The play contains adult language and situations. Recommended for mature audiences.”
Parents and grandparents will appreciate the wild play, because it reveals how modern younger people talk, act and make love. They make the “Lost Generation” of the 1920s, now elderly, look tame. This is a comedy that all lovers of Shakespeare should like. His generation was wild too.
Stunned by attending a rehearsal, this critic will try to sketch what this generation is up to.
“Sure Thing” stars Michelle Balani and Joel Morales, who meet in a coffee house. She keeps rejecting him but he insists. They rapidly fall in love when they find bizzare things they have in common. They convince each other, and the audience, into the new world of courtship.
“Words, Words, Words” stars Evangeline M. Weckbacher, Jeremy Zipagan and Cecilia Molina, as creating a new universal language. They appear dressed as monkeys in a laboratory at Columbia University. They convince you that the experiment might be true, some day.
“The Universal Language’’ stars Gina Marie Hinojosa, Mitchell Reinitz and Erasmo Cuba. Now in a classroom, they continue the weird language. Far out is too mild to describe it, but these young actors make it all work on-stage. They prove modern youth can outwit their parents, a usual goal of college life.
“Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread” and the other final scenes did not appear on that rehearsal night, but I did read the scripts for the rest. This one features cheerleaders, love and a mysterious bell used often. Gina Marie Hinojosa, Mayra Ochoa, Mitchell Reinitz and Jeremiah Gonzalez all contributed to modern ways of communication.
“Variations on the Death of Trotsky” attracted Enrique Angulo, Laura Elizabeth Morales and Jose San Martin. Imagination continued to run wild, for the playright brought back to life the Russian murdered in Mexico, to be met by new-century actors.
“The Philadelphia” climaxes this unworldly yet fascinating play moving to a modern restaurant. The conclusion is reached by actors Mayra Ochoa, Jeremiah Gonzalez and Roberto De Hoyos.
Weird and modernistic as it is, this play will prove itself worthy for any lover of modern drama to see it.
The cast does nobly on a difficult play to do, under the interesting direction of Dr. Jack Carroll. Every Valley theatre-lover should see it, because it is certain no other play is like this one.