By MIKE CHAIKEN
Ready to laugh and ready to raise a few eyebrows? Well, prepare for a journey into the odd little world of playwright David Ives as Southington Community Theatre prepares to be your thespian guides.
The local theater group will be performing David Ives’s “All in the Timing,” a series of one act plays on Nov. 21, 22, and 23.
“All in the Timing” is not the typical fare for community theater, which tends to gravitate to well-known musicals. But Amanda Savio Guay— one of the three directors for this production— had long held the thought that she would like to bring these pieces to Southington.
“I was in a production of ‘All in the Timing’ at Hole in the Wall Theater in New Britain about 12 years ago and loved it, and ever since then it has been in the back of my mind to do it with SCT,” said Guay.
The show did a leap frog through the schedule to become the group’s November production.
“We had actually planned to do it later this season, but then we postponed our originally-planned fall show (‘Steel Magnolias’), so one night at a backyard arts festival in early September, Peter Pristic, Heidi Lamberto, and I decided we’d co-produce, co-direct, and— in the case of Heidi and myself- perform in this show. And it’s been a blast. A crazy, crazy blast.”
Guay said she had an inkling that the usual cast of characters of SCT would be a good fit for the wackadoodle universe created by Ives in his one-acts.
“We’ve been so lucky with this cast because it’s a great mix of past SCT participants and brand new ones,” said Guay. “Seeing new faces in the cast always makes me so happy because it shows that people want to work with our group, and that the shows we are choosing to do are of interest to area performers.”
And the cast, as rehearsals progressed, have exceeded Guay’s expectations.
“I adore this cast. With ‘All in the Timing’ being a series of one acts, and the way we’ve scheduled rehearsals, everyone doesn’t get to see each other all the time. Despite that, the group bonded so quickly – I’m already sad at the idea of not seeing them a few times a week. And the talent is amazing. I say it every time – you don’t need to go out of your own town to see excellent, affordable and very entertaining live theater.”
Although some may not have heard of “All in the Timing,” Guay said, “(It) is familiar to some people, because it is a piece that is done often. However, it hasn’t been done in Southington to my knowledge, so hopefully people will know that SCT always puts on a great show, and it’s worth $12 to come out and see what we’re up to. Plus, it’s a show that offers guaranteed laughs – and that’s always popular.”
In general, Guay said, audiences “will love this show because it’s quirky and very funny. Since it’s a series of one-acts, you get to see several short stories happen over the course of the evening. It keeps you on your toes – as a director, and actor, and an audience member.
“It’s a great production of a hilarious show featuring an excellent cast of really talented performers – that alone is worth the price of admission. The added bonus, and one that is incredibly important to us, is that by coming to an SCT show, you are supporting local theater, which is crucial to keeping the arts alive in Southington,” said Guay.
Guay added: “The local arts scene is something SCT has been proud to be a part of for nearly 60 years, and with ‘All in the Timing’ and future shows this season and beyond, and the support of our audiences, we hope to be a part of the scene for a long time to come.”
The evening at SCT will include the following one-acts: “The Sure Thing,” “English Made Simple,” “Mere Mortals,” “Universal Language,” “Foreplay: Or the Art of the Fugue,” “The Philadelphia,” and “Seven Menus.”
“All in the Timing” will be performed by Southington Community Theatre Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 21, 22, and 23 at 7:30 p.m. at Plantsville Congregational Church, 109 Church St., Plantsville.
Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door, and are available at Just For You….Country Gifts, 979 Meriden-Waterbury Rd., Plantsville, The Music Shop, 405 Queen St., Southington, and at the door.
“All in the Timing” is not appropriate for young audiences.
For more information, visit www.southingtoncommunitytheatre.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (860)543-3865.
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By MIKE CHAIKEN