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Community theater sharpens timing with short comedies

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Published on November 9, 2017 2:48PM

Last changed on November 9, 2017 3:06PM

Morgan Holcomb, Danielle Berry, Nicol Byram, Gary Thomas, Hannah Mossman and Weston Simonton are among the cast of “All in the Timing.” The collection of short comedies is presented by College Community Theatre at Bob Clapp Theater at Blue Mountain Community College, Pendleton.

Photo contributed by Debbie McIntosh

Morgan Holcomb, Danielle Berry, Nicol Byram, Gary Thomas, Hannah Mossman and Weston Simonton are among the cast of “All in the Timing.” The collection of short comedies is presented by College Community Theatre at Bob Clapp Theater at Blue Mountain Community College, Pendleton.

Don Pinkerton, David McCarthy and Steve Bowen rehearse a scene from “All in the Timing.” Presented by College Community Theatre, the collection of short comedies is being staged at Bob Clapp Theatre at Blue Mountain Community College, Pendleton.

Photo contributed by Debbie McIntosh

Don Pinkerton, David McCarthy and Steve Bowen rehearse a scene from “All in the Timing.” Presented by College Community Theatre, the collection of short comedies is being staged at Bob Clapp Theatre at Blue Mountain Community College, Pendleton.


Razor-sharp wit and unique insight into the human condition take center stage in a collection of several short comedies presented by College Community Theatre.

The 2017-18 season-opener features “All in the Timing” by David Ives. Director Craig McIntosh said although many may not be familiar with the title, he encourages people to attend a performance.

“This show will tickle your funny bone, engage your mind and touch your heart, all in one very entertaining evening,” he said.

The production opens this weekend with performances Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. in Bob Clapp Theatre, located in Pioneer Hall at Blue Mountain Community College, 2411 N.W. Carden Ave., Pendleton. The show continues Thursday, Nov. 16 through Saturday, Nov. 18, also at 7:30 p.m. In addition, a final matinée performance is Sunday, Nov. 19 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youths and students of all ages. Children under the age of 4 are not admitted. In addition, the theatre group has given the production a PG-13 rating due to mature language and subject matter, indicating some of the content is not suitable for young children.

The one-act comedies, McIntosh said, are about life, love and opportunities (lost and found). The production, he said, has been described as “incisively intelligent and side-splittingly funny.”

In a 2013 Playbill interview with Ives, the playwright was celebrating a 20th anniversary reprise of “All in the Timing.” The initial run of shows, he said, was unconventional with many venues in the New York theatre scene hesitant to stage the production. However, it found overwhelming success with more than 600 performances.

McIntosh referred to the script as having “a passion for language.” Ives explained that further in the Playbill interview, saying that writing short plays challenges playwrights to make every word count — something he enjoys.

“It almost encourages poetry in a certain way because one-act plays are so often made of one image or one particular happening that explodes for 10 minutes, then stops,” Ives said. “The intensity is all the greater because it’s so short.”

The cast of 17 includes Danielle Berry, Steve Bowen, Nicol Byram, Nicole Carver, Karen Case, Allison Clark, Danny Doherty, Taylor Hatfield, Morgan Holcomb, Colee Mayfield, David McCarthy, Hannah Mossman, Don Pinkerton, Weston Simonton, Jasmine Townsley, Gary Thomas and Keith Udy.

In addition to McIntosh, the production team includes Mayfield, Byram, Joshua King, Judy Malcolm, Laurie Ellis, Shari Dallas and Allen Holden. Also, McIntosh said many other CCT members, students and community volunteers perform off-stage tasks that are vital to the success of the production.

Tickets are on sale Monday-Friday from noon to 2 p.m. and before each performance at the CCT Box Office in Pioneer Hall. For more information or to leave a message to purchase tickets, call the box office at 541-278-5953.

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Contact Community Editor Tammy Malgesini at tmalgesini@eastoregonian.com or 541-564-4539



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