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USCHS presents one-act plays Oct. 28, 30 and 31

Oct. 7, 2021

USCHS presents one-act plays Oct. 28, 30 and 31

All In the TimingUpper St. Clair High School’s Performing Arts Department will present “All In the Timing,” a collection of six one-act plays by David Ives, on Oct. 28, 30 and 31, 2021. Directed by Tom Hunsberger, the curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 30. Matinee performances are offered at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 31. All shows will be held in the Upper St. Clair High School theater.

Per the statewide mask mandate, all students, staff and visitors are required to wear a face mask while inside school buildings – including attending performances.

Ticket prices are $8 for adults and $6 for students. Online ticket sales begin at noon on Saturday, Oct. 16 at Admission for Upper St. Clair’s senior citizens is free with a USC Gold Card. Gold Card holders must obtain their free theater tickets in person at the box office. 

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Written by American playwright David Ives, “All In The Timing” focuses on language and wordplay, existentialist perspectives on life and meaning, as well as the complications involved in relationships.

  • In “Sure Thing,” two people meet in a café and find their way through a conversational minefield as an offstage bell interrupts their false starts, gaffes and faux pas on the way to falling in love.
  • “Words, Words, Words” recalls the philosophical adage that three monkeys typing into infinity will sooner or later produce “Hamlet” and asks: What would monkeys talk about at their typewriters?
  • “The Universal Language” brings together Dawn, a young woman with a stutter, and Don, the creator and teacher of Unamunda, a wild comic language. Their lesson sends them off into a dazzling display of hysterical verbal pyrotechnics – and, of course, true love.
  • “The Philadelphia” presents a young man in a restaurant who has fallen into ‘a Philadelphia,’ a Twilight Zone-like state in which he cannot get anything he asks for.
  • “Mere Mortals” eavesdrops on a lunch hour on a girder 50 stories over the street, as three construction workers share increasingly amazing secrets of their past.
  • Finally, “Variations on the Death of Trotsky” shows us the Russian revolutionary on the day of his demise, desperately trying to cope with the mountain-climber’s axe he’s discovered in his head.