Wildly Funny Sketch Plays | Steven Suskin

February 25, 2015 4:00 AM

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Wildly Funny Sketch Plays | Steven Suskin

All in the Timing, an evening of six wildly comedic sketch/plays by David Ives (and directed by John Rando) was a major hit when it was produced by Primary Stages in 1993, enjoying a quick off-Broadway transfer and a 600-performance run. The play proved highly popular, again, when revived by Primary Stages in 2013. Ives, Rando and Primary Stages have now joined forces for Lives of the Saints, another evening of six wildly comedic sketch/plays. I enjoyed the new program, at the Duke on 42nd Street, precisely as much as I did the old, and I would suspect that it will be a popular crowd-pleaser.

What I suppose I need add, alas, is that I didn't enjoy All in the Timing at all. It left me surprisingly cold, given that an evening of wildly comedic sketch plays is the sort of thing I'm bound to enjoy. I found it all too slight; while audience members were laughing their heads off around me, I o...

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