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Strange Interlude

From 39 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Masterful, Ambitious, Absorbing, Riveting

About the show

Transport Group’s radical revival transforms Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer Prize-winning, nine-act, five-hour play into a solo piece starring David Greenspan. More…

Nina Leeds’ life crumbles when her true love is killed in World War I. She flits from one man to the next until she settles for a life she never wanted, haunted by the fantasy of the happiness she never shared with her late fiance. This saga from 1928 follows the lives of eight characters over half a century. Transport Group’s production incorporates the fragmented identities of all of these characters into a single performer, turning one of O’Neill’s most ambitious works into a unique theatrical event. A dinner catered by The Greene Grape is included with most ticket options.

6h 0m | Already closed | Irondale Center (Brooklyn)

Member Reviews (39)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Masterful, Ambitious, Absorbing, Riveting
87
Avg Score

85
Slow, Dated, Masterful, Epic, Witty

See it if Amazing virtuoso performance. Poetic language full of witty psychological insight. Family drama + Greek tragedy + black comedy. Unique.

Don't see it if Dated elements: Freudian sexuality, gender stereotypes, and a nontraditional family suffering due to its secrets. Clever but not moving.

90
Ambitious, Great acting, Slow, Must see, Dated

See it if Greenspan's epic, solo tour-de-force adapt of O'Neill's 6hr soap opera Playing all 8 characters w/both spoken & interior dialogue he's *****

Don't see it if O'Neill's wordy pop psychology can be a tough slog esp moving into last hrs Constant moving via action grows tedious but Greenspan shines!

94
Extraordinary, Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting, Masterful

See it if you want a remarkable theatrical experience unlike anything you have seen. David Greenspan speaks lines as if they are spontaneous comments

Don't see it if you cannot focus on one actor for an hour. The 6 hour performance is broken into hourish long segments. Also lots of audience stair climbing

83
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if Like to use your imagination and pay attention to great acting doing a tour-do-force of multiple characters over many hours.

Don't see it if Hate one-person versions of shows.

70
Clever, Ambitious, Indulgent

See it if You want to be able to say you were there. You are a Greenspan completeist. He does make the different characters, and the play, clear.

Don't see it if You can consider the possibility of too much David Greenspan. As usual, good as he is, he is always more David than the character he plays.

90
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if You are challenged by the thought of a 6 hour night. I was very impressed by the skill and talent of David Greenspan.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy solo shows! Lots of stairs too, but it was good to get up and move after the scenes as the chairs are somewhat uncomfortable

92
Must see, Great acting, Epic, Ambitious, Masterful

See it if You love amazing solo performances. David Greenspan is a national treasure.

Don't see it if You don't like Eugene O'Neill, 6 hour plays, or extremely crowded seating. Otherwise, go!!

86
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Masterful, Entertaining

See it if you want to be impressed with an incredible feat of acting that works to delineate the characters and bring them to life as individuals

Don't see it if your mind is prone to wander over a long stretch of listening - even if the performance is engaging

Also I really enjoyed this production! I was delighted by the laugh out lou... Read more Read less

96
Profound, Great acting, Masterful

See it if you want to see a remarkable theater experience with a legendary actor. What an accomplishment! O'Neill as you've never seen or heard him.

Don't see it if you can't stand the thought of sitting in a play for almost six hours. Also, this play can seem like a soap opera but here it works

Also If you like once in a lifetime theater experiences I highly recommend ... Read more Read less

96
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Riveting

See it if you like Eugene O'Neill, you like intense emotional dramas that dig deep into characters' psyches.

Don't see it if you are easily confused.

93
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Must see

See it if you are a Eugene ONeil fan and wish to see a play not often done. An amazing dramatic accomplishment for this solo artist.

Don't see it if you hate solo works or long dramas of a bygone age.

Also The actor is amazing. Am glad i saw this production, and,although i li... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Masterful, Riveting

See it if you want an experience!! PHENOMENAL acting. David Greenspan is incredible. Changes how you think about one-man shows & this impossible play

Don't see it if you dislike O'Neill or you don't have time for a 5 hour show. That said, even if you're the distracted type, this is unbelievably engaging.

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Epic, Ambitious, A tour de force

See it if You are a fan of O'Neill, Greenspan, or the Transport Group. It's epic. The time went quickly. This is an "I was there" opportunity.

Don't see it if You like short, concise, easy theater. You cannot sit in a narrow seat for long stretches. You dislike melodrama.

Also Greenspan learned 5+ hours of dialogue and yet was able to not only di... Read more Read less

83
Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Slow

See it if You are a fan of Eugene O'Neill, and love watching great acting

Don't see it if you have a short attention span

100
Profound, Masterful, Great acting

See it if Absolutely brilliant to see an actor inhabit so many roles at one time. One of the best things I have ever seen in my life.

Don't see it if I a five hour Eugene O'Neill play is not your cup of chai.

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Masterful, Riveting

See it if you want to watch an incredible actor play multiple roles and share a lifetime in these characters with you.

Don't see it if you're not prepared to commit 6 hours of your time and pay serious attention.

95
Ambitious, Clever, Enchanting, Great acting, Masterful

See it if You want to see a once in a lifetime performance of immeasurable grace and wit.

Don't see it if I cannot imagine anyone who would not adore this production. See it.

80
Ambitious, Epic, Great acting, Masterful, Quirky

See it if You can be absorbed in something really long. It's a giant evening but I definitely found it to be worth it.

Don't see it if You know that you'll check out after 2 hours. (You have to stay actively invested in the show)

95
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Epic, Masterful

See it if You want to experience the power of masterful acting an almost impossible seeming accomplishment-an unforgettable experience in the theater.

Don't see it if You want a more traditional theatrical experience

During previews
88
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Seating too tight

See it if Monumental.. A Happening. BYO food or pre-order. 1/2 hour break to eat. Clever use of 3 stages. My 80, partner's 95. It's Eugene O'Neill..

Don't see it if Six hours from Curtain up to Curtain Call. Seats too tight. Many many steps, Too many whispered scenes. No credit to Irondale.

Also Greenspan plays every character to perfection.... Read more Read less

During previews
90
A must experience, David greenspan = magnificent, Environmental, Continuously surprisingly inventive, Melodramatic comic genius

See it if you've never seen David Greenspan or TransportGroup, want a once in a lifetime experience, appreciate brilliant performance & direction

Don't see it if 6 hours is 2 long 2 pay attention, dislike totally melodramatic scripts, can't see how one actor can play 8 characters all at once, find out

During previews
93
Theatrical event of the year. utterly astounding

See it if an epic performance by Greenspan. How he switches between characters is astounding. A must-see for actors and theater buffs.

Don't see it if you can't endure five hours with 2 intermissions and a dinner break. But it's worth it and very entertaining.

Also Greenspan plays all eight parts in the 1923 play which is about an upp... Read more Read less

During previews
67
Epic, Excruciating, Slow, Masterful, Indulgent

See it if You want to see a feat of acting. You enjoy sweeping, epic period dramas.

Don't see it if You want a story deserving of 5 hrs of stage time. You don’t have patience (takes one act to “sink” into the world of the play).

During previews
100
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Must see, Masterful

See it if You want to be part of an amazing theatrical event. I found myself forgetting that there was one person performing every part. Mind bending

Don't see it if You don't like solo shows. But I suggest seeing it anyway!!!

During previews
90
Great acting, Intelligent, Must see, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if You are a fan of great acting. It's a one man show of a multi character play. The six hours fly by. An amazing evening of theatre!

Don't see it if you can't do six hours, don't like one person shows, have a problem with stairs


October 22nd, 2017
"Greenspan's performance is such a feat of daring that merely getting through it would have been an accomplishment. Yet he is masterful...This production is storytelling at its purest. At once faithful and irreverent, it’s an illuminating interpretation that is alert to the script’s inadvertent c...
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October 22nd, 2017
"Greenspan makes a nearly impossible play work...By pouring all of 'Interlude' through the filter of a single performer, he strains out the largest flaws...The production recovers the delights of melodrama and becomes a play about the complex way our own fluid identities, and others’ perceptions ...
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October 23rd, 2017
"Is it exhausting? Yes. Is it also utterly hypnotic, intermittently brilliant, and both a proof of O’Neill’s genius and a fascinating framing of his ideological shortcomings? Also, yes. The mad test of endurance that Greenspan has set for himself is no mere gimmick. In fact, it cracks open this u...
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October 22nd, 2017
"The theatrical equivalent of an extreme sport, but those willing to brave the butt-busting experience will have bragging rights to what must be one of the most unforgettable acting tours de force in New York's theatrical history...The play's occasionally soap-operatic language is not lost on Gre...
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