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

review: ruff

Ruff by Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver Directed by Lois Weaver Featuring Peggy Shaw La MaMa First Floor Theatre, 74a East 4th Street January 9, 2014 — January 26, 2014 production web site & exhibit web site “I went into the hospital as a woman who gets mistaken for a man, but it seems I … Continue reading

2013: excavation review themes

I have now indulged in three annual iterations (2011, 2012, and 2013) of complete lists of events that took me into a theatre or other kind of performance space during a calendar year. Panel discussions and film presentations and television show screenings and increasingly (and now almost exclusively) theatrical performances fill these listings. Over the … Continue reading

2013: excavation review

I love reliving the year through this now annual summary of attendance at live performances and the occasional film screening. For this listing, all that’s required is my entry into a theatre or auditorium where a performance of any kind is held. Home screenings don’t count. My 2013 calendar year listing includes portions of two … Continue reading

film feature: sondheim, company, paley, and serendipity

Company: Original Cast Album (1970) + Chance + Zelig-Like Friend Stephen Paley This is a post about serendipity: new friends, old passions, theatrical design, and Stephen Sondheim. I am surrounded on most days by Stephen Sondheim‘s music and legacy in some way, shape, or form. (And please hie thee to the new HBO documentary Six … Continue reading

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

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