The Patsy & Jonas
By Barry Conners
Jack Cummings III
Written and Performed by
July 15 - August 13, 2011
The Duke on 42nd Street
229 W. 42nd Street
By Barry Conners
Performed by David Greenspan
Directed by Jack Cummings III
Originally produced on Broadway in 1925 as a feisty living room comedy by Barry Conners and immortalized by the brilliant Marion Davies and Marie Dressler, Transport Group’s affectionate new adaptation of The Patsy, performed by Obie Award recipient David Greenspan, playfully resurrects this Cinderella story of a girl who is a little less beautiful and a little less loved and her fractious, gossipy family. Filled with familial intrigue, marital sparring, lovers in pursuit, country club scandals, a labors of the heart, Transport Group’s The Patsy explores one family’s aspirations of wealth, status, and love in pre-Depression America through one astonishing and virtuosic performer.
Written and Performed by David Greenspan
The world premiere of a new one-act monologue written and performed by David Greenspan. This piece is a darkly funny and mercurial exploration of doppelgangers past and present and lives real and imagined. Join Greenspan in this thrilling and haunting journey of identity. Jonas will be performed on selected nights as a double feature with The Patsy.
A protean actor and playwright with an appetite for challenge and an abiding interest in the magic trickery of theater, Mr. Greenspan has retooled an antique Broadway vehicle as a sleek little solo roadster.
Greenspan delivers a terrific master class in the art of bringing characters from a bygone era to life on stage.
It's not only heartstrings that the show plucks, it also inspires gales of laughter, from its utter and gleeful silliness. Finn's eclectic score, which contains volcanic R&B and funk numbers, smooth pop ballads, and even some rap and contemporary Latin, is well-crafted.