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.
“Martha Graham called her dancers ‘athletes of God.’ Watching David Greenspan perform all the roles in a six-hour marathon performance of Eugene O'Neill's 1928 melodrama, ‘Strange Interlude,’ caused me to wonder what I might call David Greenspan. Would ‘Son of Thalia’ (the Greek goddess of theater) do? ‘Olympian of O'Neill’? Forget it! David Greenspan is simply a one-of-a-kind theatrical creature who has molded a very special career.” Full Review
"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 Greenspan, who treats the material lovingly but knows when to let loose a campy flourish...A masterful production...A unique and remarkable theatrical event." Full Review
“Greenspan’s solo rendition is at once a remarkable feat of human endurance and wonderful theater. Together with director Cummings III, Greenspan has fully realized each of O’Neill’s complex characters and successfully gives them all deep, rich renderings. Enormously long though the show certainly is, the evening proves rapturous...The melodramatic play is overfull of swings, a roller coaster that Greenspan conducts confidently and masterfully.” Full Review
“Who would have imagined that this 1928 whale of a play could be acted as a one-man show to riveting effect? Greenspan is extraordinary, and he brings to life an extraordinary play...Directed with verve and invention by Jack Cummings III, ‘Strange Interlude’ is staged on the spare sets of three performance spaces at the Irondale Theater...Given the length of the evening, this works well...Long as it is, this enthralling production is not to be missed.” Full Review
"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 comedy and delighted to mine it...Sound is a stubborn obstacle to this delicately modulated performance...Still, his performance is astonishing in its clarity, nuance, and endurance." Full Review
“An extra-large helping of melodrama, heavily sauced with Freudian theory...Greenspan doesn't so much play the text as attack it with all the energy and brio at his command...Greenspan's performance is a technical marvel, but it still leaves one faintly baffled at the woman at the center of the action...One of those eccentric theatrical ventures that will prove irresistible to fans of O'Neill as well as anyone curious about a play...Greenspan certainly puts on a show." Full Review
"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 of us, flow together and alchemize...No one should be able to perform solo for six straight hours with such technical precision, but Greenspan is a freight train." Full Review
"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 unwieldy, expansive, impossible piece in ways that convinced me I never really need to see eight actors performing it." Full Review
"The things that draw and hold one's attention are Greenspan's facial expressions, which change as though by magic, and his remarkably flexible voice, with its variety of tonal colors...As the performance proceeds, the individual dramatis personae take on impressive intricacy...Greenspan, with his knack for integrating the inner monologues and the rest of the play, may have found the secret for making O'Neill's exercise in Freudian excess palatable to playgoers." Full Review
“There are moments of astonishing work throughout. But they erupt and, no matter how badly you wish them to stay, quickly dissipate back into a repetitious rhythm...It’s frustrating because Mr. Greenspan is such an immensely talented artist...The play is not perfect and neither is the production. At times 'Strange Interlude' is frustrating and even boring. But the flashes of truth from Mr. Greenspan stay with you. It reminds you of theatre’s potential and the capabilities of a dedicated creat... Full Review
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
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
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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!
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
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
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.
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.
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)
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
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!!!
See it if You like once-in-a-lifetime, had-to-be-there events; you love O'Neill; you love or don't yet love David Greenspan.
Don't see it if You can't stay alert for six hours - you'll want to be engaged throughout. You have limited mobility - the audience needs to climb stairs.
See it if You are a fan of David Greenspan and his work. You enjoy storytelling by a great actor in a one man play. Intriguing acting of all roles.
Don't see it if You do not like one man shows, especially one actor playing all of the parts.
See it if you're on the fence about this zany Eugene O'Neill epic because David Greenspan is about to convert you with one Herculean performance.
Don't see it if you're a big ol' scaredy cat who is averse to risk because this is risk-taking of the highest order. Maybe you like a life of regrets?
See it if you recognize that David Greenspan is one of the most important theater artists of our age and you are willing to invest in this experiment.
Don't see it if if you're not interested in seeing theater push to it's limits; if you are not astounded by disciplined craft and experimentation.
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.
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