Saint Louis University

Saint Louis University Theatre 2005-2006 Season

All in the Timing  | The House of Bernarda AlbaLucky Stiff | The Shape of Things

All In The Timing by David Ives
Fridays and Saturdays, September 30, October 1 and October 7 and 8 - 8PM
Sunday, October 2 - 2PM

David Ives is a comic who puts the "play" back in "playwright". His award-winning collection of comedies combines wit, intellect, satire, and fun. Critics call ALL IN THE TIMING "theater that aerobicizes the brain and tickles the heart." Ives has described these comic sketches as being about "the weirdness of being alive." Each derives its humor from the inability of the characters to truly communicate in our chaotic, modern world. These short one-acts go richly from cerebral to slapstick and back again. Ludicrous and elating. Expect the unexpected.


The House Bernarda Alba by Federico Garcia Lorca
Fridays and Saturdays September 29 and 30 & October 6 and 7 -- 8PM
Sunday, October 1 -- 2PM

This creative piece uses eyewitness accounts, court transcripts and other archival material to create a dramatic moment-by-moment retelling of the historic 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in New York City that caused the death of 146 garment workers, mainly young immigrant girls.

The play documents the social upheaval that followed, culminating in the manslaughter trial of the owners...the outcome of which inspired outrage across the country and set the stage for shaping American labor law for decades to come.

The play paints a heartbreakingly clear picture of a disastrous day in American history and explores the human toll such a tragedy takes on us all. .


Lucky Stiff - Music by Stephen Flaherty, Book and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Fridays and Saturdays, February 24, 25 and March 3, 4 - 8PM
Sunday, February 26 - 2PM

Roll the dice with this zany, offbeat and very funny musical-murder-mystery farce! Unassuming shoe salesman Harry Witherspoon will inherit $6 million if he takes his gambler uncle's corpse for a fun-filled vacation in Monte Carlo. The proceedings are sheer bedlam as Harry comes up against his uncle's insanely jealous (and legally blind!) mistress, her put-upon optometrist brother, and a zealous representative from the Universal Dog Home determined to see Harry's inheritance "go to the dogs". This first produced musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (RAGTIME, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, ANASTASIA) is full of energy. The gamble pays off with an evening of inspired musical theatre lunacy.

The Shape of Things by Neil Labute
Fridays and Saturdays, April 21, 22 and 28, 29 - 8PM
Sunday, April 23 - 2PM

The Shape of Things asks, "What would you be willing to change for someone you love?" and "What price might you pay?" It probes our impulse to mold lovers into an ideal, rather than love someone simply for who they are. Bitingly comic and scathingly serious, the play explores love, sex, friendship and the very nature of ART itself. The New Yorker magazine has called Neil LaBute "an original voice - the best playwright to emerge in the past decade - a genius." "How far would you go for love?"...Decide for yourself, but not until the last word of the play is spoken. The answer may surprise you.

(adult content -- not suitable for children)

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