Composition…Master-Pieces…Identity OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    May 27, 2015
    Closing:
    June 27, 2015

    Theater: Connelly Theater / 220 E 4th St, New York, New York, 10009

    Synopsis: 

    A new signature solo piece by David Greenspan! Using two "lectures" and a "play" by Stein, Greenspan will explore ideas of celebrity, authenticity, outlaws, classics, self-consciousness, and writing for an audience.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Composition…Master-Pieces…Identity

    Interpreting Gertrude Stein in ‘Composition ... Master-Pieces ... Identity’

    Charles Isherwood

    June 2, 2015: Genius or crackpot? Your opinion of Gertrude Stein, in case you hadn’t already formed a firm one, may zigzag between those poles, ultimately landing somewhere in between, as you listen to David Greenspan‘s fascinating new exploration of this singular writer’s work. “Composition ... Master-Pieces ... Identity,” presented by Target Margin Theater at the Connelly Theater, consists of three pieces of Stein’s writings — two lectures and a poem — read or performed by Mr. Greenspan, who also conceived the show. The production, part of the company’s season of seven Stein-related works, puts her great whorls of words front and center. Mr. Greenspan, neatly dressed in button-down shirt and slim pants, sits in a chair to deliver the first piece — remarkably, from memory; adds a table for the second, which he reads; and finally gives a dramatized interpretation of the poem. (This is not Mr. Greenspan’s first foray into the dizzying thickets of Stein’s language: He previously performed her lecture “Plays.”)

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