Playwright:David Ives

Directed by:Elizabeth Helman

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Winner of the John Gassner Playwriting Award.


THE STORIES: SURE THING is a classic of contemporary comedy: Two people meet in a cafe and find their way through a conversational minefield as an offstage bell interrupts their false starts, gaffes, and faux pas on the way to falling in love. WORDS, WORDS, WORDS recalls the philosophical adage that three monkeys typing into infinity will sooner or later produce HAMLET and asks: What would monkeys talk about at their typewriters? THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE brings together Dawn, a young woman with a stutter, and Don, the creator and teacher of Unamunda, a wild comic language. Their lesson sends them off into a dazzling display of hysterical verbal pyrotechnics—and, of course, true love. PHILIP GLASS BUYS A LOAF OF BREAD is a parodic musical vignette in trademark Glassian style, with the celebrated composer having a moment of existential crisis in a bakery.THE PHILADELPHIA presents a young man in a restaurant who has fallen into "a Philadelphia," a Twilight Zone-like state in which he cannot get anything he asks for. His only way out of the dilemma? To ask for the opposite of what he wants.VARIATIONS ON THE DEATH OF TROTSKY shows us the Russian revolutionary on the day of his demise, desperately trying to cope with the mountain-climber's axe he's discovered in his head.


"witty wordplay mastered by director Elizabeth Helman and her very smart cast. A 4.5 on a scale of 1-to-5"

Mark Bretz, Ladue News

“a quartet of polished actors and a hip director make it the “must see” comedy of the Year"

Steve Allen, Stage Door St. Louis

"surreal comedies, laced with a streak of the intellectual, are serious fun, and an exciting start to St. Louis Actors' Studio's eighth season"

Andrea Torrence, St Louis Theatre Snob

Simply put, it’s hilarious, with a striking design concept and consistently excellent performances from the four-person cast.

Michelle Kenyon, Snoop's Theatre Thoughts