From a blind date that resets at the ring of a bell to three chimpanzees writing the first draft of a Shakespearean play, there is madness for all tastes as the Hilberry Theatre Company presents All in the Timing by David Ives. This production will feature eight of Ives’ one-act plays, and will be performed in repertory — opening on Friday, November 21, 2014 and running through January 31, 2015.


Actor: Brandon Grantz; Photo by Sofia Sanchez and Ian Wolfe

First seen off-Broadway in 1993 and in a 2013 revival at New York’s Primary Stages, All in the Timing is a collection of comedic scenes that are simultaneously intelligent and perplexing. A master comedy writer, Ives wrote these unusual and intentionally absurd plots to create an environment that’s fast-paced and energetic while stimulating the mind. This show is sure to entertain audience members of all ages!

All in the Timing is directed by Wayne State University’s Dr. David Magidson, Professor of Theatre. Magidson is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin (BA and MA) and the University of Utah (PhD). He teaches directing and playwriting, and has directed nearly eighty plays for fifteen different theatre companies. Magidson also serves as co-director of WSU’s Center for the Arts and Public Policy and director of the Jewish Community Center’s Lenore Marwil Jewish Film Festival.

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From Left to Right: Cheryl Turski (Movement Direction), Brandy Joe Plambeck (Baker), Tiffany Michelle Thompson (Woman #2), Brandon Grantz (Philip Glass), and Annie Keris (Woman #1); Photo by Maxwell C. Bolton

Tickets for All in the Timing range from $10–$30 and are available by calling the Hilberry Theatre Box Office at (313) 577-2972, online at, or by visiting the box office at 4743 Cass Avenue at the corner of Hancock Street.

The Hilberry’s 2014-15 Season also includes William Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy Romeo & Juliet (October 24-December 13); The Way of the World, William Congreve’s mockery of the upper-class (January 16-March 7); and Arthur Miller’s adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s classic drama An Enemy of the People (February 20-March 28), playing in repertory. The season will close with Patrick Barlow’s hilarious spoof of Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps (April 10-25).

Calendar Information
Wednesday 2 p.m.          December 3 (Post show Talkback)
Thursday 8 p.m.                December 4 (Preshow Discussion), January 29
Friday 8 p.m.                      November 21 (Opening Night), December 5, January 30
Saturday 2 p.m.                November 22, January 31
Saturday 8 p.m.                November 22, December 6, January 31

Cast (in alphabetical order by last name per act)

Sure Thing
Santino Craven (Bill) and Tiffany Michelle Thompson (Betty)

Words, Words, Words
Bevin Bell-Hall (Swift), Brandon Grantz of Dearborn Heights (Milton), and Brandy Joe Plambeck of Ferndale (Kafka)

The Universal Language
Kyle Mitchell Johnson (Don), Mary Sansone (Dawn), and Annie Keris (Young Woman)

Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread
Brandon Grantz (Philip Glass), Annie Keris (Woman #1), Tiffany Michelle Thompson (Woman #2), Brandy Joe Plambeck (Baker)

The Philadelphia
Bevin Bell-Hall (Waitress), Brandon Grantz (Al), and Kyle Mitchell Johnson (Mark)

Time Flies
Kyle Mitchell Johnson (Horace), Mary Sansone (May), and Brandy Joe Plambeck (David Attenborough)

Variations on the Death of Trotsky
Brandy Joe Plambeck (Trotsky), Tiffany Michelle Thompson (Mrs.Trotsky), and Santino Craven (Ramon)

Seven Menus
Brandy Joe Plambeck of Ferndale (Jack), Tiffany Michelle Thompson (Ruth), Annie Keris (Hazel), Brandon Grantz (Paul), Kyle Mitchell Johnson (Barry), Mary Sansone (Dawn), Santino Craven (Fluff), and Bevin Bell-Hall (Phyllis)

Production Team:
Dr. David Magidson (Director), Allison Baker (Stage Manager), Courtney Rasor (Asst. Stage Manager), Max Amitin (Scenic Design), Michael Sabourin of Royal Oak (Properties Master), Sammi Geppert (Costume Designer), Heather DeFauw (Lighting Design), Brian Dambacher (Technical Director), Mario Raymond (Sound Designer), Maxwell Bolton of Birmingham (Publicist), Dale Dorlin of Detroit (Associate Publicist).

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