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Review: 'All in the Timing' has wordplay and wit

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 13, 2013 at 1:03 pm •  Published: February 13, 2013

You don't need to be familiar with Philip Glass to get the humor in "Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread." The whole cast joins in the marching, miming and atonal chanting, as the purchase of a loaf of bread rises to epic stature. Quite literally; Eric Clem presides above the scene as the all-important Uberbaker.

"The Philadelphia" takes you to a place where American cities are personified by various difficulties. A New Yorker (Elrod) finds himself "metaphysically in a Philadelphia." Aided by the advice of his savvy pal (Saldivar), he has to learn to ask for the opposite of what he wants, because when you're "in a Philadelphia" you can't get anything that you directly ask for. Typical of the truisms Ives slips into his zany scenarios, Elrod's character muses, "I've spent so much of my life asking for the wrong thing without knowing it, doing it on purpose comes easy."

The final segment is a repetitive sight gag of Leon Trotsky (Saldivar) walking around with a pickax stuck in his head. The hopefulness that Trotsky feels in finding himself still alive is, of course, not going to last. Among the bright memories the audience will take away are vivid images of marching bakers and bouncing chimpanzees, and the brilliant humor of David Ives.