Suggested Reading: Lives of the Saints

Maybe you loved Lives of the Saints and want some more. Maybe you haven’t seen the play yet, but want some insight before you head to the theater.  Here are some suggested books, plays and films with topics similar to the short plays that encompass our exciting production by David Ives.Primary Stages - Lives of the Saints

If you liked Life Signs, you might enjoy…

Ghost Town written by David Koepp and John Kamps, starring Ricky Gervais (MOVIE): A man dies unexpectedly, and is revived after seven minutes to discover a newly-found ability to see ghosts

Miss Witherspoon by Christopher Durang (PLAY): A middle aged woman commits suicide only to find herself in limbo between being dead and being reincarnated

Death Knocks by Woody Allen (PLAY): A man on his deathbed is visited by Death himself. It’s Death’s first day on the job so the dying man strikes a deal with him in order to delay the inevitable

The Dead Wife by Don Nigro (PLAY): A young woman is confronted by her new husband’s dead ex wife on her wedding night

If you liked Soap Opera

Lars and the Real Girl written by Nancy Oliver, starring Ryan Gosling (MOVIE): A man develops a relationship with a life-size plastic woman, and his family and friends play along with his delusion, on the advice of a doctor

Kitty the Waitress by Christopher Durang (PLAY): A short comedy chock full of outrageous accents and witty wordplay. The characters include a particularly seductive waitress with a French flair, reminding us of our own Arnie Burton as the French maître d’ in Soap Opera

If you liked It’s All Good… 

The Family Man written by David Diamond and David Weissman, starring Nicolas Cage (MOVIE): A man leaves his life of bachelordom and wealth to experience the life he could have had as a father.

The Jolly Corner by Henry James (NOVEL): In It’s All Good, Steven says he wrote a book with this title. You may find some similarities between this quintessential James novel and Ives’ short play about a man returning home to Chicago

If you liked Enigma Variations

The Twilight Zone: Mirror Image:” written by and starring Rod Serling (TV): A woman’s exact lookalike proceeds her.

Comedy Of Errors by William Shakespeare (PLAY): A universal comedy about mistaken identity, sibling separation and reunion.

William Wilson by Edgar Allen Poe (SHORT STORY): A tale of doppelgangers with a dark spin.

If you liked The Goodness of your Heart…

The Odd Couple by Neil Simon (PLAY): Two roommates with opposing personalities live together in constant contradiction

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles written by John Hughes, starring Steve Martin and John Candy (MOVIE): A pair of mismatched men try to make it home for the holidays, only to run into a load of bad luck.

If you liked the title play Lives of the Saints

The Cat Connection by Elyse Nass (PLAY): Two older women with mismatched personalities accidentally meet at the park where they discover that they both feed the same cat

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg (NOVEL): A woman suffering the slums of middle age befriends a resident in a nursing home. The older woman retells the story of a lifelong friendship.

Wit by Margaret Edson (PLAY): An English professor dying of ovarian cancer tackles matters of death and mortality in the final hours of her life.

If you loved the entire evening…

Three One-Acts by David Lindsay-Abaire (PLAY): A collection of short plays that has the comedic sense of Soap Opera, and interrogation style dialogue of Life Signs

All in the Timing by David Ives (PLAY): A collection of short plays of witty word play and absurd situations

Mere Mortals by David Ives (PLAY): A collection of the kind of hilarious and intellectual plays on which David Ives has built his career

Polish Jokes and Other Plays by David Ives (PLAY): Four full-length plays that live in a similar Midwestern milieu of Lives of the Saints

Lives of the Saints is playing now through March 27, 2015 at Primary Stages at The Duke on 42nd Street. Tickets can be purchased online at or at, by phone at 646-223-3010, or at the box office.


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