by Sue Suchyta – Dearborn Times-Herald
Eight one-act plays of David Ives make for an entertaining and original evening. Directed by David Magidson, the unusual but delightfully funny show will leave you laughing. Be advised, though, that the language and humor is adult in nature.
In “Sure Thing,” Bill and Betty get a chance to do over any aspect of their date that goes wrong with a cosmic “ding” of a reset button. Who among us has not wished they could take back words and reinsert something wittier, wiser or more sensitive?
Santino Craven and Tiffany Michelle Thompson are very funny as the couple with multiple chances to get their first date “just right.”
In “Words, Words, Words,” Bevin Bell-Hall, Brandon Grantz and Brandy Joe Plambeck play chimps watched by humans, who discuss the odds that as simians they will randomly write “Hamlet.” The chimps’ spoken observations about humans as they talk like us but move and respond physically like primates, inspires laughter.
In “The Universal Language” Kyle Mitchell Johnson plays Don, a con artist, who woos Dawn, played by Mary Sansone, with his made-up language designed to unite the world. However, as the sparks fly, love catches both off-guard, and Don decides to confess to Dawn that he is a fraud.
She, however, loves the way the nonsensical words eliminate her stutter and inhibitions. The nonsensical words delivered and the high-energy shown by the duo is fascinating, captivating and definitely entertaining.
Other noteworthy scenes: the verbally percussive “Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread” and “Time Flies,” a light-hearted look at the one-day romance of two mayflies, cleverly portrayed by Kyle Mitchell Johnson and Mary Sansone.
“The Philadelphia” is a wild time warp of a ride where the opposite of what you want happens, and “Variations on the Death of Trotsky” is a bizarre yet funny look at a character reading about his own fate in a future history book while overlooking the sharp object plunged into his head.
The show closes with “Seven Menus,” a series of dinner dates that show the evolution of the pairing ritual and the games people play, as magnified by the two-couple dinner date, which also gives Annie Keris a chance to showcase her characterizations.