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martha wade steketee

Lover of ghost lights, movies, stories of creative lives, magic of live performance, storytelling in song.
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film feature: arty o’ the irst art

[re-posting of a 2010 set of musings, inspired by yet another re-viewing of this masterpiece courtesy of a December 5, 2013 showing on Turner Classic Movies] So I’m listening to and watching the 1959 film Anatomy of a Murder once again, yet again, this evening.  I often need to watch this marathon of a quiet, well-told … Continue reading

review: fun home

Fun Home Book and lyrics by Lisa Kron (based on the memoir by Alison Bechdel) Music by Jeanine Tesori Directed by Sam Gold Featuring Michael Cerveris, Judy Kuhn, Sydney Lucas, Alexandra Socha, Beth Malone Public Theater, 425 Lafayette October 22, 2013 (opening) — December 1, 2013 production web site Fun Home is a musical adaptation … Continue reading

review: the glass menagerie

The Glass Menagerie By Tennessee Williams Directed by John Tiffany Featuring Cherry Jones, Zachary Quinton, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Brian J. Smith Booth Theatre, 222 West 45th Street September 26, 2013 (opening) — February 23, 2014 production web site There a quiet calm space in which The Glass Menagerie lives in our collective heart. The challenge of … Continue reading

event musings: graphic lesbians kron + angelos

Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies presents: Graphic Lesbians: Lisa Kron and Moe Angelos Moderated by Sara Warner Monday, October 29, 2013 at 7pm Martin E. Segal Theater @ the CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue event web site “You have to write badly to write well. You just have to ready to humiliate yourself.” … Continue reading

review roundup: revivals range from throbbing to demure

The Winslow Boy @ Roundabout American Airlines (running through December 1, 2013) Julius Caesar @ St. Ann’s Warehouse (running through November 9, 2013 ) Revivals can dull the senses or send chills up your spine. Certainly the source material will establish a trajectory for each of these responses. The response alchemy will further depend upon … Continue reading

playwrights, critics and scenes

Visions of playwrights and critics can inspire images of dramatic scenes. Colleagues from Chicago tell a story about a certain critic arriving at the lobby of a show and being clocked by playwright unhappy with a negative production review. A colleague in Philadelphia tells of being publicly berated in an area theatre by a similarly … Continue reading

event musings: chance photo shoot (boris aronson designs)

Photo Shoot: From the Archives of Boris Aronson Friday September 6, 2013 New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza Theatre designer Boris Aronson has been my constant companion for the past six months. Oh, certainly, any lover of American theatre in general and Sondheim musicals in particular is well acquainted … Continue reading

event musings: a visit to monte cristo cottage

Conference wanderings: Pictures, Prizes, and Hauntings Sunday July 28, 2013 Monte Cristo Cottage, 325 Pequot Avenue, New London, CT During my visit to the O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut last month, I bunked in a dorm room at a small college in New London, just a few miles away. Visiting artists and headliners have … Continue reading

event musings: 49th o’neill convening, the edith, the sea

Conference wanderings: 49th O’Neill National Playwrights Conference Saturday July 27 through Monday July 29, 2013 Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, 305 Great Neck Road, Waterford, CT Over the past six months or so, I’ve been assisting pal Jeff Sweet on a book commemorating the 50 year history of the O’Neill Playwrights Conference and associated other events … Continue reading

event musings: jack viertel on today’s american theater

What: Harvardwood & the American Repertory Theatre Alumni Institute Present Jack Viertel (and Miriam Weisfeld) When: Monday June 24, 2013, 7pm Where: New York Institute of Technology, 16 West 61st Street, 11th floor penthouse event web site [n.b. Various “theater” and “theatre” spellings pepper this entry following the word as used and spelled in referenced … Continue reading

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