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May 15, 2018 > It?s All in the Timing for Broadway West?s final curtain

It?s All in the Timing for Broadway West?s final curtain

By Janet Grant

?All in the Timing,? is not only Broadway West?s latest theatre offering, but it?s also a descriptive nod to the end of an era for Fremont?s venerable theatre company. After a successful almost 22-season run of quality plays, this community playhouse housed in the familiar red brick building on Four Corners, Irvington, will be permanently dimming its lights.

With over two decades of providing comedy, drama, farce and mystery to Tri-City audiences, Broadway West concludes with David Ives?s collection of six one-act comedies in ?All in the Timing.?

Though unrelated to each other, all of Ives?s witty and utterly delightful sketches share the concept of time or timing in one way or another, represented by clocks on the stage walls.

In ?Sure Thing,? directed by Mary Galde, two strangers meet in a caf‚ and keep replaying their encounter ala ?Groundhog Day.? Betty (Laura Morgan) and Bill (Spencer Stevenson) keep resetting their meeting and changing their small talk until they get it right.

?Arabian Nights,? directed by Ross Harkness, is an amusing piece about an American tourist (Keenan Flagg) buying a last-minute souvenir as he is about to fly home. An Arabian interpreter (Doll Piccotto) inaccurately translates the conversion between the American and Flora the proprietress (Ivette Deltoro), squelching a budding romance.

?Universal Language,? directed by Paula Chenoweth, is a charming and insane piece about a stuttering woman named Dawn (Dawn Cates) who wanders into a linguistics class taught by a con man. Unamunda is an absurd take on Esperanto totally made up by Professor Don (Jim Woodbury). Fraudulent as the language is, the two make beautiful music with it and are hopeful of spreading it along when a new student (G. Spelvin) wanders into the classroom.

?Variations on the Death of Trotsky,? directed by Jim Woodbury, is a hilarious reflection on the last day of Trotsky?s life. Through some cosmic splintering of time, an exiled Trotsky (C. Conrad Cady) with a mountain axe smashed into his skull, lives out variations of the last day of his life. As he contemplates his mortality, he is assisted by Mrs. Trotsky (Alma Pasic-Tran) and the unrepentant assassin, Ramon (Mike McHone).

?The Philadelphia,? directed by John Rutski, is kind of an X-Files-like exercise with lost souls on a reality bender. In a diner, Al (Spencer Stevenson), explains to his pal Mark, (Adam Weinstein) that his run of bad luck is nothing more than falling into a black hole in reality called a Philadelphia ? where nothing you ask for you can get. The waitress (Ambera DeLash) bemoans that at least it beats being where she is ? in a Cleveland!

The clever and extremely funny ?Words, Words, Words,? directed by Angie Higgins, is a take on the adage that three monkeys typing into infinity will eventually write ?Hamlet.? The captive monkeys, Swift (Doll Piccotto), Kafka (Sara Renee Morris), and Milton (Laura Morgan), type away with existential rage while romping around with chimp-like abandon as they perform under the watchful eyes of the Lab Assistant (Dawn Cates).

With ?All in the Timing,? Broadway West brilliantly captures the breadth and variety of what they?ve done best in the past couple of decades, along with a stellar cast and crew. There?s a little something for everyone in this collection of critically acclaimed playlets. It really is all in the timing ? so don?t miss out on the farewell performances of Broadway West?s last production.

A huge thank you and grateful applause to co-owners Paula Chenoweth and Mary Galde, for providing the Tri-City community such excellent live theatre for so many years. Broadway West Theatre Company is a Fremont treasure that will be sorely missed.

All in the Timing
Friday, March 11 ? Saturday, June 9
8 p.m. (Sunday matinees at 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.)
Broadway West Theatre Company
4000-B Bay Street, Fremont, CA 94539
(510) 683-9218
Tickets: $10 - $27

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