by Barry Conners
directed by Jack Cummings III
set & costume design / Dane Laffrey
lighting design / Mark Barton
sound design / Michael Rasbury
Premiered July 24, 2011 // Transport Group at The Duke on 42nd
**2012 American Theatre Wing Henry Hewes Design Award Nomination for Outstanding Set Design**
"Dane Laffrey's ingenious, pared down box set evokes a 1925 middle class living room, replete with various needlepoint cushioned chairs for Greenspan to strategically position himself during his instant shift from one character to the next. Like Greenspan's performance, the set establishes the groundwork but encourages us to fill in details. It's up to us to visualize the broad staircase, the mirror before which Grace constantly preens, the imposing front door..."
-Heather J. Violanti / NYTHEATRE.COM
"Mr. Greenspan sets the scene himself, transforming the mundane stage directions ("Left, just below the stairs, is a small stand and a telephone...") into an involving little prologue, conjuring an imaginary set in precise detail. (The actual set, by Dane Laffrey, corresponds to Mr. Greenspan's colorful description in only a few details.)
-Charles Isherwood / NEW YORK TIMES
"Dashing around Dane Laffrey's neat, spare set, Greenspan presents credible, often heated dialogues among as many as four characters at a time."
-Jennifer Farrar / ASSOCIATED PRESS
"Set designer Dane Laffrey provides a square box that is symmetrically furnished with 1920's pieces - a moderne-style credenza and fringed lamps scream the period - yet contains no windows and doors nor the staircase that the characters use in the course of the play. Such handsome yet stylized visuals underscore and also enhance the unusual nature of the presentation. Garbed in a lavender sweater and grey dress pants, Greenspan simply climbs onto the stage..."
-Michael Sommers / NEW JERSEY NEWSROOM
"In fact, set and costume designer Dane Laffrey has the actor nearly looking like a caged animal in a zoo, spiritedly performing for passers-by. The playing space is a cube-shaped room, elevated several feet from the floor, with no doors."
-Michael Dale / BROADWAYWORLD.COM
"Under Jack Cummings III's nimble direction, Greenspan evokes a full production of the play in our heads, right down to broad staircases and slamming doors, neither of which is part of Dane Laffrey's inspired environmental box set (Greenspan must leap onto it from the floor) of colorful flowered wallpaper, an elaborate parquet floor, and a selection of handsome period furnishings lining the walls."
-Erik Haagensen / BACKSTAGE
"Both pieces unfold within a doorless cube that is outfitted with a few pieces of period furniture (scenic design by Dane Laffrey). It's a marvelous way of not only underscoring the unique theatricality of the shows, but also showcasing the performers' exceptional work in a terrifically simple jewel box-like setting."
-Andy Probst / THEATREMANIA