Sure Thing Essay

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Analysis of “Sure Thing’ by David Ives Sure Thing was written by the American Playwright David Ives. He was born in Chicago in January 1950 and attended Northwestern University and Yale School of Drama where he began writing plays. He produced his first play, Canvas, in New York City with the Circle Repertory Company. He is best known for his evening of one act comedies called “All in the Timing” (Spe09) Sure Thing first premiered at the Manhattan Punch Line Theater, in New York City, in February 1988 and was later presented as the first of six utterly amusing one-act plays that make up David Ives's "All in the Timing”, presented at the Off Broadway Theater, Primary Stages in New York City, in December 1993. It was directed by Jason McConnell Buzas; the set was designed by Stanly A. Meyer and the costume design was by Michael S. Schler. The simple one-act comedy play has one set constructed on a Box Set stage. The play has two characters, Bill, played by Robert Stanton and Betty, played by Nancy Opel (David Ives). The show won the Outer Critics Circle Playwriting Award, ran for two years Off-Broadway, and in the 1995-96 season was the most-performed play in the country after Shakespeare productions (Harper Collins). Sure Thing is David Ives best-known work. It depicts a man attempting to pick up an attractive young woman in a café. The play begins with Betty sitting at a table for two with one empty chair in a café reading. Bill enters the café and approaches Betty and asks,” Excuse me. Is this chair taken”? Betty replies “yes it is” and Bill responds, “Oh sorry,” and Betty says, “sure thing.” At this moment a bell rings. The bell is not visible; it’s not onstage or anywhere else in sight. The sound from the bell rings softly, seemingly coming from all around. Neither Bill nor Betty acknowledges the sound of the Bell (David Ives). After the bell rings the
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