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  •  REVIEW: P.S. 69

      P.S. 69
    Tits and class

    Susan Jeremy uses her experience as Queens' sexiest substitute to perform "P.S. 69," a one-woman show about teaching, stripping, love and lust.

    By JOSHUA TANZER
    Offoffoff.com


    Susan Jeremy flunked substitute teaching. Which is not easy, since she says that in the New York school system, anybody with a bachelor's degree and no criminal record can be a substitute teacher. Now, if you'll all quiet down and pay attention, she's turned her misadventures into a laugh-filled, partly factual one-woman show called "P.S. 69."

    P.S. 69
    Written by: Mary Fulham, Susan Jeremy.
    Directed by: Mary Fulham.
    Cast: Susan Jeremy.
      
    By day, Jeremy's character is an underpaid public servant with a humorously world-weary take on life in the school system. What lessons does she have for anyone who would still want to teach in public school after seeing this show? Always bring a cardigan. That's right. "In the kindergarten in the basement, it's 110 degrees," she notes. "By the time you get to the fifth floor it's 40 below. You go through menopause going up and down the stairs."

    By night, our heroine has decided to give adult entertainment a try — a suggestion from her kinky friend Jasper, who has many more bizarre job ideas than this one. (Is there really such a thing as S&M grapefruit throwing?) The "69" in the play's title is likely a reference to Runway 69, the Queens strip club that made tabloid headlines in the mid-90s (although, conveniently, there is a PS 69 in Queens). By the end of the show, Jeremy is the one making the headlines when she gets caught with her pants down on amateur night at a strip club and instantly becomes a threat to the morals of schoolkids everywhere.

      P.S. 69
    "P.S. 69" has a little of everything — jokes, romance, naughtiness, and even instructions on erotic dancing. Besides that, it has a kind of conscience. Jeremy wrestles with questions about how to bring out the best in today's schoolkids when you can barely keep them in their seats, and how today's woman can get her rent paid when the city pays peanuts six weeks late but adult entertainment pays same-day cash. And it also offers a look at the kind of real story that lies behind tabloid New York, which is never quite the same as what the screaming headlines suggest.

    The one fault of "P.S. 69" is that it's over a little bit too quickly — you may feel like you've been let out early or the lesson plan is not quite clear. But abruptness aside, it is a play with plenty of humor and humanity. Susan Jeremy knows how to show you a good time.

    FEBRUARY 19, 2001
    OFFOFFOFF.COM • THE GUIDE TO ALTERNATIVE NEW YORK


    Reader comments on P.S. 69:

  • Genius   from Michael Landsman, Apr 4, 2001
  • Re: Genius   from MAry-Ann Robertson, Aug 11, 2003
  • [no subject]   from Mary-Ann Robertson, Aug 11, 2003

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