It’s said time flies when you’re having fun, and the fun quotient is sky-high in David Ives’ sextet of comic plays at the Old Globe. Moving from anthropomorphic mayflies to British detectives and inept biblical construction workers, the author maintains a warped, witty tone, and even manages to humanize some of his screwball protagonists. Director Matt August and a peerless cast capture the distinctive notes in Ives’ literary voice.
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In director Matt August’s production of “Time Flies,” which opened Saturday at the Globe’s Cassius Carter Centre Stage, the tone is spot-on. Actors Mark Setlock as the virile and baffled guy-fly and Mia Barron as the buzzing gal do come to terms with a 24-hour fate in which foreplay segues swiftly into funerals. “Talk about a quickie,” May whines before a meltdown.
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Matt August’s direction keeps that delicate balance intact, providing just enough laughs to counter the provoking philosophical discussion inside the text. A firstclass cast, sharp direction and excellent production work, this is a production that everyone will agree is time well spent.
In various combinations, five gifted comedians explore the slick surfaces and subtexts of each sketch, brilliantly directed by Jack O’Brien protégé Matt August in his Globe directorial debut.