For Hammond Community Theatre’s Earle Howe, the comedy “All in the Timing” is an ideal play for him to bring to the stage.
“I suppose the overall lessons in it are to just keep plugging away, you’ll get it, and don’t get lost in the details,” he said. “It’s a very positive show, and I like positive shows. I like shows that emphasize the better angels of our nature, and that’s what this show is.”
Opening tonight and running through April 28 at Hammond’s Beatniks on Conkey, “Timing” is four short stories which find their protagonists in and finding their way out of unforeseen circumstances, be they matters of the heart, communication, or acclimating to and navigating through an alternate, unaccommodating universe.
The stories that make up “Timing” were penned by Chicago-reared playwright and columnist David Ives. The play is currently enjoying a successful off-Broadway run in honor of its 20th anniversary.
Howe is directing Hammond Community Theatre’s production of “Timing” with his wife, Betty Howe.
“What I totally enjoy is the absurd situations that people find themselves in,” Howe said. “And there are some verbal pyrotechnics there that boggle your mind. It’s a smart, crisp, funny show.”
“All of the (stories in the play) have to do with that moment where everything clicks and things go forward in the right way,” he added. “No matter how absurd the situation is, it’s about that right moment for the people who are caught in that situation.”
Region-based thesps Rich Wotkun, John Sanchez, Alley Banks, Caitlyn Desjardins and Kali Rasala all take on multiple roles in Hammond Community Theatre’s production of “Timing.”
“It’s silly, but it’s great, great fun, and I’ve got a wonderful cast,” Howe said. “They are doing such a good job.”
Due to some adult language, “Timing” is not recommended for young or sensitive audiences.
Next up for Hammond Community Theatre is a children’s production, “Once Upon a Shoe,” scheduled to run at Beatniks June 1 and 2.