directs our attention to a performance piece called Bryant in the Park
which takes the poetry of William Cullen Bryant (Thanatopsis
) and puts it in Bryant Park, where actors recite poems and play croquet
white dressed in "spotless white clothing." It's not just for toffs, the Times
will have us know: "I think they should do stuff like this in the park more often," a pedicab driver tells them. Not bad, but we can top it: Leaves of Grass Unbound
, at the Cell on West 23rd Street, puts the Walt Whitman classic in the mouths and on the bodies of totally nude actors -- "without irony or clothing," says the presser. The man did
sing the body. It runs through August 29.