"MORE" All in the Timing
Repertory Actors Theatre

Some things aren't for everyone, and the sequel to ReAct's production of All in the Timing in a past Fringe Festival is no exception. to that rule. Anyone who gets quickly annoyed by repetition should avoid this one, but it might be a good choice for those who have a genuine appreciation for timing and choreography.

Mixing a few Seattle premiere playlets by writer David Ives with some audience favorites from the original All in the Timing, the intent here is to demonstrate that "time has no boundaries, love abounds, words have new meaning," and even stranger things can happen, such as televisions coming to life.

Such demonstrations are deftly executed, if repetitious. They often feature multiple conversations that are delicately intertwined so that timing is of the essence in the performance, and that is meant to be the case in all the skits, although some of them, such as Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread, just get tedious.

The best part is the choreography, which proves many times over that the actors refuse to take themselves too seriously, both while acting and performing the many interludes. These include take-offs of Stomp, Riverdance and more, and they manage to entertain while continuing to showcase the impressive abilities of the refreshingly multi-ethnic cast.

Although there are many lesbian and gay actors in the show - as is the case with many in the festival - the closest thing to gay content is a guy who plays a female nurse, and quite deliberately refers to himself as "a gym teacher from Puyallup wearing a wig." As with most of the rest of the show, it comes off as mildly amusing, if redundant.

-- Matthew McQuilkin

March 16, 2001


© 2001 Seattle Gay Standard. Reprinted with permission by ReAct.

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