There is a fixture of New York theater named David Greenspan. He is unquestionably one of our best and most intelligent performing artists. I've seen Greenspan in probably ten different shows over the years, from quirky off-off B'way recitations and happenings (sometimes performing his own writing) to high-profile Off-Broadway productions of more traditional plays.
Last night I watched him recite two essays and a poem by Gertrude Stein at Target Margin's Stein festival at the Connelly Theater. (Scroll down for link.) Think that sounds boring? Believe me, I was riveted for ninety minutes. It was like hearing Glenn Gould play Schoenberg, the way Greenspan found meaning and nuance in every phrase of this obtuse material.
Fascinating. My love affair with David Greenspan continues.
You can see this show, "Composition...Master-pieces...Identity," through June 27. Info here.