Arts Watch: “Helen Twelvetrees” Opens With Aplomb

twelvetrees-helen-dgreenspanDavid Greenspan’s new play “I’m Looking For Helen Twelvetrees” premiered on Sunday at Abron’s Arts Center. The reception after the opening was packed with New York theater insiders, including revered playwright Terrence McNally (It’s Only a Play, Lips Together Teeth Apart), playwright Lisa Kron (Well, Fun Home) and the amazing actress Jayne Houdyshell (Well).

The play, directed by Leigh Silverman, is a lyrical story of a young man’s pursuit of Helen Twelvetrees — a real-life star of the early talkies — during her run as Blanche DuBois at a summer stock theater in 1951. It stars Mr. Greenspan, Brooke Bloom and Keith Nobbs in strong performances. Mr. Greenspan plays multiple characters and travels back and forth through various time periods as he puts various pieces of Ms. Twelvetrees’ imagined life together.

Here are some photos from the reception:

Left to right: Writer/Actor David Greenspan, Brooke Bloom, Keith Nobbs and director Leigh Silverman.

Left to right: Writer/Actor David Greenspan, Brooke Bloom, Keith Nobbs and director Leigh Silverman.

Abrons Artistic Director Jay Wegman with playwright and actor David Greenspan.

Abrons Artistic Director Jay Wegman with playwright and actor David Greenspan.

Director Leigh Silverstein, actress Brooke Bloom and playwright Lisa Kron.

Director Leigh Silverstein, actress Brooke Bloom and playwright Lisa Kron.