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David Ives

Old Goats and New Tricks

George Heymont | Posted 06.09.2016 | Arts
George Heymont

One of the surest ways to break through writer's block is to start making lists. They can be lists of words that rhyme or words that contain a similar...

Heir Apparent at Aurora: Low Comedy That Soars to Heights of Hilarity

Leo Stutzin | Posted 05.04.2016 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Digging for gold: Julian López-Gorillas as Geronte, plied by imposters Patrick Kelly Jones, Khalia Davis and Kenny Toll as phony nieces Photos by Da...

Comic Nick Griffin on the Art of the Accidental Encounter

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 06.10.2015 | Comedy
Jeryl Brunner

Did you ever run into someone you knew and wish you handled things better? In David Ives' play, Sure Thing, a woman and a man have a chance meeting i...

On the Culture Front: Minton's, The Audience and more

Chris Kompanek | Posted 05.11.2015 | New York
Chris Kompanek

The best evening out that you probably haven't heard about is going on every Wednesday night at Minton's, an old-fashioned supper club with equal emphasis on both words.

Aisle View: Wildly Funny Sketch Plays

Steven Suskin | Posted 04.26.2015 | Arts
Steven Suskin

All in the Timing, an evening of six wildly comedic sketch/plays by David Ives (and directed by John Rando) was a major hit when it was produced by Primary Stages in 1993, enjoying a quick off-Broadway transfer and a 600-performance run.

Psychosexual Border Crossings

George Heymont | Posted 11.25.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Two new films deal with directors whose brash exploitation of others and internal confusion about themselves blur the lines between fantasy and reality. In each film, the results are fascinating and sexually provocative.

A Master Builder

Francis Levy | Posted 10.01.2014 | Arts
Francis Levy

You've seen lots of Master Builders if you were brought up on Shaw's The Quintessence of Ibsenism or if you are an aspiring artist or married to one--...

Emmanuelle Seigner in Venus in Fur: The Interview

Regina Weinreich | Posted 08.20.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Most theater does not translate well into film. The film genre invites expansion and theater can feel claustrophobic. Unless claustrophobic is what you want as in the case of Roman Polanski's adaptation of David Ives' stage play inspired by Sacher-Masoch's novel, Venus in Fur.

Venus in Fur: The Master and the Muse

Camila Gibran | Posted 08.20.2014 | Arts
Camila Gibran

The first time I ever saw Emmanuelle Seigner I was a 15 year old grunge kid, and she was the gorgeous vulnerable seductress Mimi, intertwined in her husband Roman Polanski's fatally passionate love story Bitter Moon.

Week in Film: Third Person, Jersey Boys and More

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.18.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Having never seen the stage version of the jukebox musical on which it was based (in its 10th year on Broadway), I still felt that I was getting a representative feel for that show, as filtered through Eastwood's flinty consciousness. But that doesn't make it a good movie.

The Sexual Battlefield of Polanski's Venus in Fur

Erica Abeel | Posted 07.01.2014 | Entertainment
Erica Abeel

The terrific new Venus in Fur, an erotic two-hander (adapted from David Ives' hit play, itself adapted from Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's 1870 novella), follows a director and an actress as they jostle for domination, ever raising the stakes, in the single locale of a darkened Parisian theater.

Live From the Tribeca Film Festival

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.22.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Not to label it a leftover festival, but there is the sense that the movies in Tribeca have either already had their debut elsewhere or, more to the point, didn't have a debut elsewhere because they didn't make the cut. Still, I always enjoy the opportunity that Tribeca affords me as a critic and curator.

Aisle View: Laughter in the Heir

Steven Suskin | Posted 06.09.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

It is Mr. Ives, and his director John Rando (of Urinetown and A Christmas Story) who make The Heir Apparent a ludicrously luscious affair. Unlike other new comedies recently arrived in town, this one is packed with characters, laughs, and enough information for us to discern an actual plot (such as it is).

Power Shifts, Steamy Sex, Ample Laughter in ACT's Venus in Fur

Leo Stutzin | Posted 05.31.2014 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

The transformation offers a fleeting suggestion of the stream of reversals that will follow in the play's 90 minutes of broad comedy, intense drama and sizzling sexuality.

The Liar at Antaeus Theatre

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 11.05.2013 | Los Angeles
Hoyt Hilsman

Although Pierre Corneille is known as the father of French tragedy, he did write several comedies, including The Liar, which was produced in Paris in ...

Communist Comedy of Manners in Upper East Side Art Salon

Jim Luce | Posted 08.05.2013 | Arts
Jim Luce

I have several token conservative friends and acquaintances just to prove to myself that I am indeed liberal. One of them is a former New York Post w...

Cannes 2013: Polanski's "Venus in Fur"

Karin Badt | Posted 07.26.2013 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

The camera pans down a stormy rainy tree-lined street in Paris, leading us directly to the doors of a dilapidated theater, as lightning strikes and Al...

Theater Review: All In The Timing, The Mark of Zorro

Fern Siegel | Posted 04.15.2013 | Arts
Fern Siegel

The Mark of Zorro at the New Victory Theater has its own brand of memorable theater. Scottish company Visible Fictions has turned the classic swashbuckling adventure into a fun lesson for children about justice and heroism.

Theater: Timing Is Right For David Ives; Isaac's Eye Is Piercing

Michael Giltz | Posted 04.14.2013 | Arts
Michael Giltz

If you don't think a debate about whether light behaves like a particle or a wave can make for good theater, then you've never seen gripping, brilliant plays of ideas like Michael Frayn's Copenhagen or David Ives' New Jerusalem.

First Nighter: Ives' All in the Timing, Moran's All the Rage All to the Good

David Finkle | Posted 04.14.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

What can be told is that the clock on the wall during their three-way romping says "Thursday, April 23, 2016," which is the 400th anniversary of Will's death. Who cares whether the idea for that sight gag belongs to Ives, Rando or Boritt? It's a good one.

Playright David Ives: The Degrees of Separation Between Stephen Sondheim, Roman Polanski and Me

Myra Chanin | Posted 04.09.2013 | Arts
Myra Chanin

Before I reveal all 10,003 degrees of separation between Sondheim and me, let me assure you that it's all in the timing, which also happens to be the ...

Theater: Yes, Nina Arianda Is All That In "Venus In Fur"

Michael Giltz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

VENUS IN FUR *** out of **** MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB AT SAMUEL J. FRIEDMAN Actress Nina Arianda is the red-hot center of this new Broadway comedy, so ...

First-Nighter: Anyone Can Whistle Those Great Stephen Sondheim Melodies

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

In song-writing, where success is ideally a matter of fifty percent lyrics and fifty percent music, Stephen Sondheim almost always achieves the delicate balance.