‘Timing’ not perfect, but backed by serious talent

By Heather Skrip

Sept. 23 served as opening night for a new production put on by the School of Theatre and Dance.

“All in the Timing,” by David Ives and directed by Josh Anderson, features five cast members in a series of six individual one-act plays. Hailed as a series of humorous endeavors, the show did not disappoint.

“Sure Thing” began the night and provided an insightful, albeit strange, look into first encounters. Imagine most of your awkward moments that take place in a public setting acted out by enthusiastic theatre students and you will get this one. It’s easy to follow and sure to emit chuckles; yet it provides a psychological look into the art of small talk.

“Words, Words, Words” on the other hand, seemed to have missed the ride on the humor train. This act features three chimps forced to write Hamlet; yes, it is as dull as it sounds. Sadly the only amusing parts of this scene were the actors.

“Universal Language” fortunately, unlike its predecessor, is hilarious. A made-up language featuring combinations of foreign words, American icons and simple gibberish makes it seem as if you stepped into “The Sims” video game, where the characters are overly-enthusiastic. This one-act provides an ideal mixture of sincerity and humor; by the end of it, you are likely to find yourself speaking or thinking in Unamunda.

“The Philadelphia” was an act all of its own. Props to Jeremy Staple for acting in such an intense, convincing manner that laughing at his outbursts seems like the only option in this otherwise depressing tale of nothing going the way it ought to. Don’t be surprised if you start wondering whether you woke up in Philadelphia, Los Angeles or even the dreaded Cleveland tomorrow morning.

As if to tie the series to the name of the play, the last scene, “Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread” throws audience members into a weird, time-skewed universe. Sadly, the incessant repetition of words and marching becomes obnoxious within the first five seconds.

In the end, this play is well worth seeing, if only for the enthusiasm and personality all of its actors put into each scene. Although not every one of the six one-acts may be considered humorous to every audience member, laughter is sure to ensue.