While U.S. presidents are famous for standing on the Constitution, first ladies—at least in Transport Group's new revival of Michael John LaChiusa's musical about them—stand on the Great Seal, a circular reproduction of which is the main acting area of John Story's set for this tiny, charmingly rueful string of Pop Art chamber musicals about the woes of being America's most prominent political hostess and official spouse. To the accompaniment of LaChiusa's plangently reiterative tunes—show music gone wittily minimalist—Jackie's secretary has a premonitory dream of her boss's distress just as the presidential jet lands in Dallas; Mamie, tipsy and alone on her birthday, fantasizes zooming off with Marian Anderson to make Dwight solve Little Rock's school-integration crisis; Margaret Truman recitalizes to the accompaniment of audible wheezes from Bess; and Lorena Hickock bluesily bemoans the misery of being the first lady's first lady, while Eleanor makes eyes at... More >>>