Sure Thing Essay

859 WordsJan 27, 20094 Pages
Sure Thing In David Ives’ short one-act comedy play “Sure Thing” he examines a number of variations in which a conversation between a guy and girl could take place. Theme, setting, plot, characters all of these things are essential to the understanding and captivation of the audience. With every exchange of conversation there is the ability to regain a fresh start by getting a second chance to make a good impression. The setting of this play is simple, a coffee shop. The setting is perfect for what Ives’ is trying to portray. Most people have had a conversation in a coffee shop with a stranger that they walk away from and wish they had said something different. Coffee shops are small, quite and conversation inviting. This is a…show more content…
In the mid-1990s Ives was named one of the “100 Smartest New Yorkers” by The New York Magazine. During this time he was a contributor to Spy Magazine along with writing many occasional humor pieces for New York Times Magazine. (Wikipedia) Although most of his work is one-act comedies such as “All in the Timing”, “Words, Words, Words” and “Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread”, he has written several full-length plays such as “Polish Joke” and “Don Juan in Chicago”. In 2001 he also ventured into children’s literature novels with “Monsieur Eek” and “Scrib”. Wikipedia) As if his resume is not impressive enough he is also credited with screenplay writing for both motion pictures and television. (Literature) David Ives’ plays have received a lot of attention because of his ability to think “What if”. “All in the Timing” premiered at Primary Stages in 1993 and moved to a larger theater (John Houseman Theatre) and ran for 606 performances. He was awarded the Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award for “All in the Timing”. He was awarded the same award for his full-length play “Don Juan in Chicago” along with a Drama Desk nomination for outstanding play. In 1994 Ives received the George and Elizabeth Martin Playwrighting Award from Young Playwrights Inc. Currently he lives in New York and teaches at Columbia University. (Harpercollins) This play is a good learning tool for how to have an
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