After opening its 1998 season with the psychological drama Scotland Road, San Diego CA's Old Globe Theatre takes a very different road: six one-act comedies by David Ives, at the Cassius Carter Centre Stage, Mar. 25-May 3. Ives' All In The Timing, directed by John Rando, opens Mar. 28.
Lately, regional theatre companies have been picking, choosing and regrouping Ives' one-acts, but Old Globe's Timing will follow the line-up the show had Off-Broadway: Sure Thing, about miscommunication between men and women; The Philadelphia, about being in the wrong place at the wrong time; Words, Words, Words, about an infinite number of monkeys at an infinite number of typewriters; Variations on the Death of Trotsky, about a pick-axe in the wrong head at the wrong time; Philip Glass Buys A Loaf Of Bread, about a strangely musical bakery; and Universal Language, about saying the wrong words at the right time.
Mere Mortals, a different series of Ives' short comedies, recently played at Off-Broadway's John Houseman Theatre. His Red Address ran Off-Broadway two seasons ago.
Starring in Old Globe's All In The Timing are Arnie Burton (a Pearl Theatre veteran who appeared in Mere Mortals Off-Broadway), Todd Cerveris, Katie MacNichol, Anne O'Sullivan and Jim Wallert. Designing the show are Phillip Monat (lighting), Tina Haatainen (costumes), Russell Metheny (set) and Jeff Ladman (sound).
All In The Timing will transfer, June 6, to the Geffen Playhouse in L.A. *
Meanwhile, the Old Globe mainstage will showcase What The World Needs Now -- A Musical Fable, by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, having its pre-Broadway world premiere Apr. 2-May 3.
Roxanne Barlow, John Bolton, Brendan Byrnes, Lindsay Chambers, Misty Cotton, Jack Donahue, Sutton Foster, Pamela Gold, Amy Heggins, Jenny Hill, Alicia Irving, Joanne Manning, Adam Matalon, Rod McCune, Paula Newsome, Monica Pege, Jonathan Sharp, Mark Anthony Taylor, Patrick Wilson and Courtney Young are featured.
The musical was conceived by Gillian Lynne (Tony Award-winning choreographer of The Phantom of the Opera) and Kenny Solms. Lynne is the director and choreographer.
In other Old Globe news, two new musicals will open there in the fall: Paramour, based on Jean Anouilh's Waltz of the Toreadors, book and lyrics by Joe (Cabaret) Masteroff and music by Howard Marren, Sept. 26-Oct. 31; and an adaptation of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! with book and lyrics by Timothy Mason and music by Mel Marvin, Nov.22-Jan.3.
The Old Globe's outdoor summer season will include Stephen Wadsworth's staging of As You Like It, July 11-Aug. 15; and Dan Sullivan's staging of Romeo and Juliet, Sept. 5-Oct. 10.
Karen Allen will star in Michael J. Chepiga's new play about a Wall Street trader, Getting and Spending, on the main stage Aug.1-5, and the Cassius Carter Centre Stage gets Russell Lees' Nixon's Nixon, July 25-Aug. 29; and John Henry Redwood's The Old Settler, Sept. 19-Oct. 24.
For tickets and information on productions at the Old Globe Theatre, call (619) 239-2255 or refer to the regional listings on Playbill On-Line.
-- By David Lefkowitz