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Composition...Master-Pieces...Identity

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1h 20m | Already closed | Connelly Theatre (East Village)

David Greenspan's heady solo performance of three works by Gertrude Stein, presented by Target Margin Theater. More…

This new solo piece uses three works by Stein: two lectures ('Composition as Explanation' and 'What Are Master-Pieces and Why Are There So Few of Them') and a play ('Identity') to explore ideas of art and authenticity, celebrity, outlaws, classics, self-consciousness, and writing for an audience.


90
Exeunt Magazine

"Much more engaging than its title would suggest. Greenspan is a mesmerizing performer...As Stein’s interpreter par excellence, he strikes a fine balance between her imperiousness and her quest for understanding...Greenspan’s interpretation of these foundational Stein texts offers much to contemplate for days to come." Full Review

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Stage Buddy

"To choose a figure from history, then step into her shoes without theatrical trappings, seems too simplistic, even naïve. You know what though? It works. The power of Greenspan’s 'Compositions' lies in the experience it affords us of hearing Gertrude Stein talk in person, and against the backdrop of her philosophies, find our own." Full Review

80
BroadwayWorld

"The versatile and frequently fascinating downtown performer is more concerned with exploring the literary giant's words than her life...There's an unpretentious casualness to the evening...a graceful and low key performance of three pieces meant to be heard instead of read. Full Review

80
The New York Times

"Listening to Mr. Greenspan read Stein’s words gives them a buoyancy and, yes, lucidity that lets them dance happily inside your head...By putting accents here and there, and using small gestures to mark recurring phrases, Mr. Greenspan supplies punctuation that Stein disdained, creating his own rhythms for the words, rhythms that turn what on paper can feel leaden into light, almost Mozartean music." Full Review


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