Elm Street Cultural Arts Center and the iThink Improv Troupe of Woodstock are bringing “All in the Timing,” five one-act comedies by award winning author David Ives, to the stage.
The performances are Sept. 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 14 at 2 p.m.
Winner of the John Gassner Playwriting Award, the comedies focus on language and wordplay, reflections on life, and the humor and difficulties involved in romantic relationships.
“Sure Thing” is about a man and a woman who meet for the first time in a cafe, where they have an awkward meeting continually reset each time they say the wrong thing, said Gay Grooms, artistic director of Elm Street.
“Words, Words, Words” is about three chimpanzees, named after famous authors, who are expected to write Hamlet.
“The Universal Language” tells about a man who welcomes a shy woman into his fraudulent language-learning course, in which he only speaks his invented language.
“Unamunda.The Philadelphia” is the fourth in the series. At a restaurant, a man has a frustratingly unlucky day, called a “Philadelphia,” in which he doesn’t get anything he asks for unless he asks the opposite.
Finally, “Variations on the Death of Trotsky” tells in comic fashion, how revolutionary Leon Trotsky dies over and over again from a mountain-climber’s axe-wound received many hours prior.
The show is not suitable for children younger than 13, Grooms said. All seats are $10 in advance online and $12 at the door.
The theater is at City Center, 8534 Main St. in Woodstock. For more information, visit www.elmstreetarts.org or call (678) 494-4251.