martha wade steketee

Lover of ghost lights, movies, stories of creative lives, magic of live performance, storytelling in song.
martha wade steketee has written 467 posts for urban excavations

2014: excavation review themes

I have now accumulated four years of comprehensive listings of performance events (2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014) that took me into a performance space of one kind or another. The listings now seem to represent my memory, and certainly provide a physical illustration of the ebb and flow of activity month to month during these particular calendar years. The … Continue reading

2014: excavation review

I’ve had a several-month hiatus from frequent writing posted here but have published frequently elsewhere and will  muse about that in a subsequent post about a range of adventures. I aspire to re-up the posting energy in 2015, with a big push provided by a London theater and research adventure in early January. I’ll wind up 2014 with my now … Continue reading

event musings: o’neill on the cutting room floor

The O’Neill: On the Cutting Room Floor A conversation with Preston Whiteway (O’Neill Executive Director), Jeffrey Sweet (author + playwright + alumnus), and Skip Mercier (designer + exhibit curator) Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 6pm Bruno Walter Auditorium @ the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, 111 Amsterdam Avenue “It’s not teaching, it’s listening. … Continue reading

review: tanaquil le clercq: afternoon of a faun

American Masters — Tanaquil Le Clercq: Afternoon of a Faun A film by Nancy Buirski movie web site [entire film view-able here] [In addition to off campus ventures to attend and review professional theatre offerings (and all those on-campus O’Neill developmental performances that are off limits for public review), 2014 Fellows of the O’Neill  National Critics Institute observed a dance documentary and … Continue reading

review: gypsy

Gypsy Book by Arthur Laurents Music by Jule Styne Music by Jerry Bock Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Directed by Vincent J. Cardinal Featuring Leslie Uggams Connecticut Repertory Theatre, University of Connecticut Storrs Campus July 10, 2014 – July 20, 2014 production site [This is the fifth of five off campus reviews generated while I was a 2014 O’Neill  National Critics Institute Fellow.] From the sloppy … Continue reading

review: fiddler on the roof

Fiddler on the Roof Based on stories by Sholem Aleichem Book by Joseph Stein Music by Jerry Bock Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick Directed by Rob Ruggiero Featuring Adam Heller Goodspeed Opera House, East Haddam, Connecticut June 27, 2014 – September 12, 2014 production site [This is the fourth of five off campus reviews generated while I was a 2014 O’Neill  National … Continue reading

review: all shook up

All Shook Up Book by Joe DiPietro Directed and Choreographed by Richard Amelius Featuring Logan Scott Mitchell, Nicholas Spark, Danielle Bowen, Preston Ellis Ivorton Playhouse, Ivoryton, Connecticut July 2, 2014 – July 27, 2014 production site [This is the third of five off campus reviews generated while I was a 2014 O’Neill  National Critics Institute Fellow.] Sexual identities, interracial relationships, … Continue reading

review: jersey boys

Jersey Boys Directed by Clint Eastwood Screenplay and musical book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice Featuring John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Christopher Walken movie web site [This is the second of five off campus reviews generated while I was a 2014 O’Neill  National Critics Institute Fellow.] Jersey Boys Director Clint Eastwood, who refined his screen persona as a tough … Continue reading

review: a lie of the mind

A Lie of the Mind by Sam Shepard Directed by Brian Mertes Featuring Britt Faulkner, Benjamin Grills, Timothy Crowe, Anne Scurria Trinity Rep Dowling Theater May 29, 2014 – June 29, 2014 theatre web site [This is the first of five off campus reviews generated while I was a 2014 O’Neill  National Critics Institute Fellow. Ruminations generated during our two … Continue reading

image musings: seurat, klimt, klee, aronson

Chicago Art Institute + Neue Galerie + Aronson Archives + linear connections There is nothing quite like paying homage to the centerpiece of a museum’s art collection. This past week I visited a museum first time that led me to muse about the horrors of wars and the transcendence of artistic expression. And through these visits … Continue reading

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