A paradox: something (such as a situation) that is made up of two opposite things and that seems impossible but is actually true or possible. That is what’s in store for you when you experience the ways and means of David Ives. The Friends of the Arts comedy to open this season is composed of six one-act paradoxes.
Act 1 is “Sure Thing.” What are the chances gained if you could turn back time and try again…and David Ives does just that as this scene unfolds. Two strangers meet in a café and just as the conversation seems like a sure thing, things go awry.
Act 2 is “Philadelphia” or is it? The scene is sure to make you question reality. Perhaps it is all only just a dream.
Act 3 is “Trotsky” in yet another altered state of mind. Trotsky discovers his date of death via his wife with an encyclopedia from the future. A paradox made just for Halloween.
Act 4 is “The Universal Language.” It involves a scam artist who makes up the “Universal Language” and then offers to teach it to people for a rather large sum of money.
Act 5 is “Words, words, words.” This is yet another eccentric view into the mind of David Ives. As three monkeys are put into an experiment to determine whether or not, if a monkey types long enough, it will eventually write a masterpiece.
Act 6 is “Dr. Fritz.” This is just in time for Halloween as a wacky doctor decides to operate on a tourist.
Come and join the Friends of the Arts at the Dolphin Theater at Marianas High School this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Oct. 25, 26, and 27. Friday and Saturday the show starts at 7pm and Sunday is at 3pm. Tickets cost $15 dollar for non-FOA members, $12 for FOA members, and $8 for students.
David Ives, born in Chicago on July 11, 1950, is a contemporary American playwright. Ives attended Northwestern University and, after some years’ interval, the Yale School of Drama, where he received an MFA in playwriting. He is known for his one act plays, but also full-length plays and musicals. He also writes children’s books. Ives has won numerous awards for his plays.
We promise that no crystal ball was harmed in the making of this play. (FOA)