Tag Archives | David Ives


Review: ‘All in the Timing’ at Silver Spring Stage

Ever wonder what would happen if you took theater, literature, linguistics, and film, put them into a blender, and then wrote a collection of witty comedic scenes with the reference puree that resulted? You’d probably come close to the layered fun of All in the Timing but you certainly couldn’t touch the creativity at the […]

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Gregg Henry in the Public Theater's production of Julius Caesar. Photo by Joan Marcus.

Opinion: ‘Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare, and the Fine Art of Dissent’

It’s a classic art-imitating-life-imitating-art situation: to make a production relevant, the director decks out the cast in modern dress to create the illusion that Shakespeare was writing about our time. Then, to heighten the illusion, he scatters actors throughout the audience to ‘stage’ a demonstration—only to find the cast shouted down by real protestors, who […]

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Review: ‘The School for Lies’ at Shakespeare Theatre Company

David Ives brings the comedy of Molière, with this hilarious “translaptation,” into the 21st century to delight us all. With The School for Lies, Shakespeare Theatre Company presents another gloriously fruitful collaboration between Ives and Director Michael Kahn. Ives worked directly from the original French, and he and Kahn updated it from the 2011 Classic […]

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Michael Glenn, Dorea Schmidt and Victoria Frings. Photo by Scott Suchman.

Dangereuse: An Interview with Dorea Schmidt, Eliante in ‘The School for Lies’ at the Shakespeare Theatre Company

David Ives’s The School for Lies (adapted from Le Misanthrope by Molière and directed by Michael Kahn) has arrived at the Shakespeare Theatre! This charming comedy is at the Lansburgh Theatre now extended through July 9. I interviewed Dorea Schmidt, who plays Eliante in The School for Lies. Schmidt just won a Helen Hayes Award for […]

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘In a Nutshell’

If you’re intrigued by In a Nutshell because you read the promo and you like your play-watching sprinkled with meta, this adroitly selected, astutely seasoned (by Director, Producer and “conceiver” Christopher McDonnell) five-course meal of one-acts by modern American playwrights does not—in a nutshell—really break open the tantalizing premise of “A couple attends a one-act […]

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Review: ‘Venus in Fur’ at Fells Point Corner Theatre

Fells Point Corner Theatre’s Venus in Fur will knock you over. Whew! It is amazing! The dynamic talents of actors Andrew Porter and Anne Shoemaker fill the Fells Point Corner Theatre with their explosive energy. It’s a wonder the roof didn’t fly off. These two digested hundreds of pages of dialogue and talked nonstop throughout the show […]

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Review: ‘Venus in Fur’ at The Colonial Players

Like all David Ives plays, Venus in Fur is built on everyday life becoming fantasy, as the primary devices of drama, language, and character, systematically move from ambiguity, to instability, to total collapse, only to be reconstructed as metaphor. In this instance, one that is perhaps Ives’s best written work, we enter an impromptu casting […]

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‘Venus in Fur’ at Silver Spring Stage

Venus in Fur directed by John Dellaporta opened last night at Silver Spring Stage, literally with a bang. The play opens during a thunderstorm that is a metaphor of the action to come, and takes place in an old beaten building now a rehearsal hall. The Set Design by Jimmy Stubbs, Lighting Design by Peter […]

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‘Metromaniacs’ at Shakespeare Theatre Company

Zowie! Pop! Slap! Holy Cow. Karabonga! I write to highly praise Metromaniacs as a wild, wonderful, built-for-speed, audaciously performed game-of-deception, fantasyland comedy based upon a multi-century old French farce. Hightail it to the Lansburgh. You will not be disappointed. The night I saw the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Metromaniacs, the Washington Wizards were playing basketball just […]

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‘The Liar’ at The Colonial Players

The Liar is the (tall) tale of an outrageous liar who manages to charm his way into your heart. Originally written by Pierre Corneille in 1643 and adapted by David Ives in 2010. This adaptation is reminiscent of the era in which it was originally written while still being relevant today. Dorante (Fred Fletcher-Jackson) is the […]

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‘White Christmas’ at Laurel Mill Playhouse

On Main Street in Laurel, in a cozy stage space, Laurel Mill Playhouse is presenting TJ Lukacsina’s directorial debut in their joyous production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, The Musical. Also on display are the talents of Music Director William Georg, and Choreographers Alex J. Krebs and Rebekka Meyer. Based on the timeless film, this touching musical […]

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‘Venus in Fur’ at Rep Stage

Rep Stage returns from a busy summer makeover with a new production team and a five-star season-opener, Venus in Fur. David Ives’s 2010 comedy-drama scores big points with its fresh, two-person give-and-take on male-female power plays. With the audience seated on both sides, the intimate Rep Stage space becomes a sort of center court for […]

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‘All in the Timing’ at The Heritage Players

David Ives’ All in the Timing, a collection of six one act plays first performed in 1993, focuses on human love, life, and death (and even manages to dive in to a primate’s view of the world) all whilst being a side-splitting intelligent comedy. The Catonsville based Heritage Players chose six different directors, one for […]

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Capital Fringe 2014 Preview: ‘Luv American Style’ by Megan Kuhn

Loving, the American Way Infinite Jest co-founder Bill Gordon loves, loves, loves nostalgia. Nostalgia for a 1970s romantic comedy anthology series inspired Infinite Jest’s entry into the 2014 Capital Fringe Festival. Gordon grew up watching reruns of Love, American Style. Actors such as a young Harrison Ford and a young Burt Reynolds appeared in short […]

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