All in the Timing 

Playwright David Ives made his name with All in the Timing when it debuted 21 years ago. Timing is actually a compendium of short one-act comedies, or mini-plays. You could think of it as "theatrical tapas," which is the apt way a New York Times writer put it; that menu description suits the fare well. Each playlet sets up a situation, introduces a theme and ends on a purposely unresolved note. No pretty bows here to tie up in neat packages -- they're neither needed nor wanted. Instead, Ives parlays high-flown verbal acuity, gutbucket physical humor, academic allusions and jokes that land all over the map into an overall pattern of gusto and conceptual elan. St. Louis Actors' Studio has a go at All in the Timing at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday (September 19 through October 5) at the Gaslight Theater (358 North Boyle Avenue; 314-458-2978 or www.stlas.org). Tickets are $25 to $30.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Starts: Sept. 19. Continues through Oct. 5, 2014

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