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.

Ethan Lipton’s “No Place to Go” Returns to Joe’s Pub

Brooklyn singer, bandleader and playwright Ethan Lipton seems to be loved by just about everyone who sees and hears him. For years his band, Ethan Lipton and His Orchestra, (voted “Best Lounge Act of 2009” by New York Magazine) has delighted audiences in New York and beyond with its sweet melodies.

His songs are full of quirky lyrics like, “We Would Have Never Met Without The Internet,” and delve into topics that range from bicycles and Tupperware, to internet love and the afterlife.

His plays have been seen in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Edinburgh (Scotland) and Berne (Austria). No Place To Go, Lipton’s personal “musical ode to the unemployed,” was originally commissioned last spring by Joe’s Pub as part of its first ever grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and returns for a limited run through April 8th.

The premise – “The company where he’s worked for the past 10 years is moving to another planet, and playwright Ethan Lipton doesn’t want to go.” The show is touted as “Part love letter to his co-workers, part query to the universe, part protest to his company and country.”