If Laurie Anderson can turn "Moby Dick" into a high-tech performance piece, why can't someone update "Bartleby, the Scrivener" into a modern, desk-set-style comedy?
The answer is, someone has. Steve Feffer's new play, Bart The Temp: A Story of Wall Street, receives a concert reading at Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey Jan. 7 and 8 at 8 PM. Loosely based on Herman Melville's "Bartleby, the Scrivener," Feffer's comedy tells of the "tumultuous relationship between Bud, an up-and-coming lawyer, and Bart, his new temp." According to the Playwrights Theatre press office, author Feffer will be onhand after both readings to talk with the audience.
Tickets are free but reservations are necessary for the readings. Call (973) 514-1787 for information.
Playwrights' next mainstage mounting will be J. Rufus Caleb's adaptation of Turgenev's Fathers And Sons, Feb. 3-20.
-- By David Lefkowitz