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Timing' is good for Ghostlight's collection of one-act plays



In David Ives' seven short, one-act plays currently performed by the Ghostlight Theatre Club, timing is indeed everything. Whether it's skewing time to repeat conversations, performing words like musical notes, or waiting for monkeys to write Shakespeare, the evening is "All in the Timing."

Director Lance Garrett moves the evening along nicely, with quick, fluid changes between pieces, and allowing his six-person ensemble to shine in contrasting roles.

On the distaff side, company member Emily Etherton does an especially nice turn as Betty in "Sure Thing." New face Cristela Carrizales is terrific as both Mrs. Trotsky and the monkey Milton.

Another new city actress, Laura Dougharty, is delightful as the monkey Kafka, and Victoria Stahl is a standout as Dawn, the stuttering student.

Robert Matson and Chris Rodgers take on the male roles with great success. Matson shines as the monkey Swift and Trotsky, while Rodgers anchors the "leading man" roles of Bill and Don nicely.

Clearly an audience hit, the intimate space of a.k.a. Gallery works well with this material. An evening of short plays like this is like Oklahoma weather: If you don't like the one you're watching, just wait 10 minutes and something else will pop around.

"?Linda McDonald


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