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Posted: April 15, 2015 in Plays
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Comedies of David Ives Slated for May

Livingston’s Caldera Theatre Company (CTC) will present 5xIves: Five Short Plays by David Ives, at the Shane Lalani Center for the Arts Ballroom, 415 E. Lewis Street. Performances will be held Friday and Saturday, May 8 and 9, at 8:00 pm and Sunday May 10, at 7:00 pm. Admission is $12 at the door or $10 in advance. Advance tickets are available at Elk River Books, 120 N. Main or by clicking the secure PayPal links below.

Each performance will present five short comedies rich with the absurdities and peculiarities of the English language and of our struggles to communicate, to express ourselves and to connect with one another. From three monkeys trying to write Hamlet to a couple navigating the precarious maze of saying the right thing in order to find love, the sharp-witted, fast-paced plays have earned Ives the title “maestro of the short form.”

The plays are “Sure Thing” directed by Gabriel Clark and featuring Marc Beaudin and Sherry Pikul; “Words, Words, Words” directed by Sherry Pikul and featuring Gabriel Clark, Immanuela Meijer and Aaron Schuerr; “A Singular Kind of Guy” directed by Immanuela Meijer and featuring Marc Beaudin; “Long Ago and Far Away” directed by Marc Beaudin and featuring Gabriel Clark, Kory Gunderson, Sherry Pikul and Aaron Schuerr; and “English Made Simple” directed by Kory Gunderson and featuring Gabriel Clark, Immanuela Meijer and Sherry Pikul.

Performances run a little over an hour and contain adult language.

The CTC is a local, independent theatre company that seeks to create an environment for the exploration and development of the art of theatre, and to produce events that share these findings with the public. Past productions have included Trout Fishing in Livingston: A Theatrical Homage to the Writings of Richard Brautigan and Chekhov’s Squirt Gun (produced by the Blue Slipper).

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Photos and director’s note from Chekov’s Squirtgun, a trio of short comedies by Anton Chekhov
Blue Slipper Theatre, 2013

“The Proposal” and “The Bear” featured Bret Kinslow, Sherry Pikul and Aaron Schuerr. Marc Beaudin directed.

“On the Harmful Effects of Tobacco” featured Marc Beaudin. Sherry Pikul directed.

Set design by Marc Beaudin.

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Blue Slipper Presents Short Comedies of Chekhov

“Chekhov’s Squirt Gun” is the title given to a collection of three short comedies by the Russian master playwright Anton Chekhov, presented by the Blue Slipper Theatre from November 22 through December 15. Evening performances, with doors opening at 7:30 p.m. for an 8:00 curtain, will be held Fridays and Saturdays, November 22 and 23, December 5, 6, 13 and 14; as well as a special pre-Thanksgiving food drive performance on Wednesday, November 27. Matinees will be held at 3:00 p.m. (doors at 2:30) on Sundays, November 24, and December 8 and 15.

Anton Chekhov, best known for iconic plays such as The Cherry Orchard, Uncle Vanya and Three Sisters, as well as a large body of short stories, also wrote a handful of one-act farces – he called them “vaudevilles” – which have had audiences rolling in the aisles since they were first written and performed at the end of the nineteenth century. As Chekhov remarked on one of them, “I have managed to write a stupid vaudeville, which owning to the fact that it is stupid, is enjoying great success.”

The pieces include “The Proposal,” and “The Bear” directed by Marc Beaudin and featuring Bret Kinslow, Sherry Pikul and Aaron Schuerr, and a comic monologue, “On the Harmful Effects of Tobacco,” directed by Sherry Pikul and performed by Marc Beaudin. All four performers are members of the newly-founded Caldera Theatre Company (CTC), an independent workshop/performance group offering alternative, challenging, classic and original productions. More information on the CTC can be found at

The Blue Slipper Theatre is located at 113 E. Callender in downtown Livingston. Tickets are $12 ($10 for students and seniors). Donations of non-perishable food items and/or monetary gifts will cover admission for the November 27 performance, with all donations being distributed to Livingston food banks. Reservations are encouraged and may be made by calling the Blue Slipper Box Office at 222-7720.