2022 was a continued return to viewing on line and in person theater, collaborating on theater, counting theater productions, and coalition-building on behalf of theater.

The exhaustive (and exhausting) list below is my twelfth annual “what Martha has seen” marathon record of theater and event and film adventuring. Prior years can be found in annual postings 20112012201320142015201620172018, 2019, 2020, and 2021. Before we get to the list, I’ll muse about summary details and other activities of the year.

Theater by the Numbers. This year’s number of productions (not readings, not screenings, not conference sessions) tells me that our pandemic recovery is still in process. In calendar year 2022 I saw 209 shows — and we continue to be surprised by abrupt performance cancellations on and off Broadway, including the actual opening night for “The Collaboration” on December 20. As reported last year during our “still at the mercy of the virus and partially open” 2021 calendar year, I saw approximately 80 productions. The 2020 calendar year included 59 productions over 3 months (until my last show of that season, the last preview of “Six” on March 11, 2020) and nine months of shows and readings on line. During calendar year 2019 as reported that December, I saw 300 ticketed and staged theatrical productions, 20 or so cabaret performances or panel discussions (smaller scale adventures), and too few film screenings. As we’re living it, the numbers of shows opening is returning to something that feels familiar from the Before Times, but the trajectory of shows — what inspires closings and the Covid-replacements and pauses mid run — is still to be analyzed. No, we’re not back to where we were in 2019 but we’re on our way to someplace new.

Travel. My travels this year remained covid-limited. Work for myself and husband remains largely online, and just a few scattered short-term travel adventures by plane, train, and automobile were notched. In late March, we visited Winston-Salem, North Carolina for a few days filled with long walks through a compact and re-invigorated downtown (Winston) and historic village layouts ala Colonial Williamsburg (Salem) and I experienced air travel for the first time since pre-pandemic 2019. Based on this relatively calm but delayed TSA experience, I began the experience of signing up for the DHS Global Entry certification. In September we traveled by train to DC for a few days. And in early November we rented a car and drove through early snow flurries in the Allegheny Mountains, through PA and OH to MI, for visits to our hometowns and siblings and extended family in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Springfield, Ohio and other smaller areas nearby.

Board and Committee Service. I continued my service to the American Theatre Critics Association by as webmaster and content developer — managing and adapting and crafting content for the website redesigned in 2020 and activated in early 2021 — and as member of committees that manage the Helbing Mentorship Program and the Steinberg-ATCA and Osborn playwrighting awards. I also worked with a stalwart team of eight to plan the November 2022 New York City convening, at which I moderated public conversations with Jesse Green and Helen Shaw. I continued as a member of the Henry Hewes Design Awards committee, and as chair of the Drama Desk nominating committee for the 2022-2023 season (the work that subsidizes the theater-going gluttony documented in the month-by-month listing below).

Women Count. In May 2022 I released the sixth edition in the Women Count report series that looks at whose plays are put on Off Broadway and the designers and backstage professionals who work on them. This report series that has always been authored by me with colleague Judith Binus, has had two publishers since 2014 — the first four reports were published by the League of Professional Theatre Women (but never conducted FOR that organization), and the most recent two along with all prior reports are published here. In 2022 I joined Luis Castro as co-facilitator of the Counting Together initiative comprised of a consortium of theater data projects from around the U.S. sharing their work and the stories in the the data. In December 2022 the duo expanded to a trio of co-convenors: Luis Castro, Pun Bandhu, and I will lead the consortium in 2023 and onward, with initiative founder Todd London remaining as a member of the group.

New Play Development. Ongoing new play development projects and judging for ATCA’s Steinberg-ATCA and Osborn Awards and as a member of the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference Artistic Council kept me busy, along with ongoing dramaturgical projects ranging from script reading to new play development with particular playwrights.

Poll Worker. I continued serving as poll worker in Manhattan for the primary and general elections this calendar year, continuing a job I initially started through a response to a national call for poll workers for the 2020 Presidential election. It has been an exhausting three years serving in that role, and I don’t think I’ll return to the task, but it has been an honor to serve my fellow Manhattan citizens in this way.

Political Theater. Assembling the final listing of shows seen and events that transpired reminds me how many of my days in the second half of 2022 were spent watching the multiple chapters of the January 6th hearings held by the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol — and our democracy thanks the committee members and their staff. Politics kept so many of us in an constant, energized, vigilant state. With the politics of theater, and the theater of politics, may we all look forward to a 2023 where wrongdoing is outed and we come together in community.

January

  • (1/6) The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe (The Shed)
  • (1/8) BIPOC Reading Series: Memories of Overdevelopment by Caridad Svitch (zoom)
  • (1/15) Whisper House (Civilians at 59E59)
  • (1/16) Ectoplasm (spit&vigor at The Players)
  • (1/18) ATCA Connects | A BEID Regional Theater Case Study (ATCA seminar series, zoom)
  • (1/21) Long Day’s Journey into Night (Minetta Lane)
  • (1/22) Rescue Rue (Daryl Roth)
  • (1/22) The Hang (HERE)
  • (1/23) Skeleton Crew (MTC | Samuel J Friedman)
  • (1/24) Just for Us (Minetta Lane)
  • (1/27) MJ (Neil Simon)
  • (1/29) SHHHH (Atlantic Theater Company Stage 2)

February

  • (2/3) Shared Sentences (work in development, staged reading, Quick Center, Fairfield University)
  • (2/4) Prayer for the French Republic (MTC | New York City Center I)
  • (2/5) Tambo & Bones (Playwrights Horizons)
  • (2/6) Reflex (MITU580)
  • (2/9) Space Dogs (MCC | Frankel)
  • (2/15) ATCA Connects | A conversation with playwright Paula Vogel (ATCA seminar series, zoom)
  • (2/18) English (ATC + Roundabout | Linda Gross)
  • (2/19) Made by God (Irish Rep)
  • (2/23) sandblasted (WP + Vineyard | Vineyard)
  • (2/25) The Same (Irish Arts Center)
  • (2/26) Out of Time (Public + NAATCO | Martinson)

March

  • (3/1) On Sugarland (New York Theatre Workshop)
  • (3/2) Arden: But, Not Without You (Flea)
  • (3/3) This Space Between Us (Keen | Theatre Row 5)
  • (3/7) JANE ANGER or The Lamentable Comedie of JANE ANGER, that Cunning Woman, and also of Willy Shakefpeare and his Peasant Companion, Francis, Yes and Also of Anne Hathaway (also a Woman) Who Tried Very Hard (Play-Per-View | New Ohio Theater)
  • (3/9) Notes From Now: Songs of Resilience & Renewal (Prospect | 59E59)
  • (3/9) A Touch of the Poet (Irish Rep | Mainstage)
  • (3/10) Hart Island (Mason Holdings | Gym at Judson)
  • (3/11) Coal Country (Audible | Cherry Lane)
  • (3/12) Bruise & Thorn (Pipeline | A.R.T. / New York Theatres Mezzanine)
  • (3/12) The Chinese Lady (Public + Barrington Stage + Ma-Yi | Shiva)
  • (3/13) what you are now (The Civilians | Ensemble Studio Theatre)
  • (3/15) ATCA Connects | Why, and how, to start a newsletter as a theater critic (ATCA seminar series, zoom)
  • (3/16) Little Girl Blue (New World Stages)
  • (3/17) Man Cave (Page 73 | Connelly)
  • (3/20) Garbageman (Chain)
  • (3/22) Heartland (Geva Theatre Center | 59E59)
  • (3/23) Oratorio for Living Things (Ars Nova | Greenwich House)
  • (3/24) 7 Minutes (Waterwell | HERE)
  • (3/25) Confederates (Signature | Alice Griffin)
  • (3/26) Help (The Shed)

April

  • (4/2) Plaza Suite Hudson
  • (4/2) Paradise Square Ethel Barrymore
  • (4/3) Take Me Out (Second Stage | Hayes)
  • (4/5) Penelope, or How the Odyssey Was Really Written (York Theatre | Theatre at St. Jean’s)
  • (4/7) The Little Prince (Broadway)
  • (4/8) COVID-19 vaccine BOOSTER 2 (Moderna)
  • (4/9) To My Girls (Second Stage | Kiser)
  • (4/10) Take Shape (BKBX | A.R.T New York)
  • (4/10) Harmony (NYTF | National Museum of Jewish Heritage)
  • (4/12) Songs About Trains (Working Theater + Radical Evolution | New Ohio)
  • (4/13) The Minutes (Roundabout | Studio 54)
  • (4/13) Birthday Candles (Roundabout | American Airlines)
  • (4/14) How I Learned to Drive (MTC | Friedman)
  • (4/15) Cyrano de Bergerac (BAM | Harvey)
  • (4/17) for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf (Booth)
  • (4/18) Islander (Playhouse 46 at St. Luke’s)
  • (4/19) ATCA Connects | A Conversation with the Goodman Theatre’s Robert Falls (ATCA seminar series, zoom)
  • (4/20) Hangmen (Golden)
  • (4/21) American Buffalo (Circle in the Square)
  • (4/22) A Strange Loop (Lyceum)
  • (4/23) Funny Girl (August Wilson)
  • (4/23) Mr. Saturday Night (Nederlander)
  • (4/24) The Skin of Our Teeth (LCT | Vivian Beaumont)
  • (4/24) Suffs (Public | Newman)
  • (4/25) POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive (Shubert)
  • (4/27) Superhero (Houses on the Moon | Sheen Center)
  • (4/28) ¡Americano! (New World Stages)
  • (4/29) Macbeth (Longacre)
  • (4/30) Wish You Were Here (Playwrights Horizons | Peter Jay Sharp)
  • (4/30) Citizen Wong Pan Asian Rep | A.R.T./New York Theatres

May

  • (5/3) Shooting Celebrities (the american vicarious | Flea)
  • (5/4) Two By Synge: In the Shadow of the Glen & The Tinker’s Wedding (Irish Rep | Lucas Studio)
  • (5/4) Our Brother’s Son (Pershing Square Signature Center | Linney)
  • (5/5) Wedding Band (TFANA)
  • (5/6) A Case for the Existence of God (Signature | Irene Diamond)
  • (5/7) Goldie, Max & Milk (MBL Productions | 59E59)
  • (5/7) Oh God, A Show About Abortion (Cherry Lane)
  • (5/8) Which Way to the Stage (MCC | Newman Mills)
  • (5/10) New Golden Age (Primary Stages | 59E59)
  • (5/11) The Vagrant Trilogy (Public | LuEsther)
  • (5/12) Romeo and Bernadette (Theater 555)
  • (5/13) The Lucky Star (Directors Company | 59E59)
  • (5/14) Belfast Girls (Irish Rep | Mainstage)
  • (5/18) At The Wedding (Claire Tow)
  • (5/19) Golden Shield (MTC | City Center I)
  • (5/22) Nightclub Cantata (the cell)
  • (5/24) Fat Ham Public + The National Black Theatre (Public)
  • (5/24) ATCA Connects | Critical Voices in Podcasting (ATCA seminar series, zoom)
  • (5/26) Dreaming Zenzile NYTW + National Black Theatre (NYTW)
  • (5/27) what the end will be (Roundabout | Laura Pels)
  • (5/28) Dreaming Zenzile NYTW + National Black Theatre (NYTW) (revisit)
  • (5/29) Will You Come With Me? PlayCo | MITU580 (MITU580)
  • (5/30) Company (Bernard B. Jacobs) (revisit)

June

July

August

  • (8/1) Oresteia (Park Avenue Amory)
  • (8/7) On That Day in Amsterdam (Primary Stages | 59E59)
  • (8/14) Patience (Second Stage | McGinn/Cazale Theater)
  • (8/18) HYPROV: Improv Under Hypnosis (Daryl Roth Theatre)
  • (8/20) Kinky Boots (Stage 42)
  • (8/24) The Near Disaster of Jasper & Casper (Theater Row | Theater Five)
  • (8/26) As You Like It (Public | Delacorte)
  • (8/27) ONCE UPON A (korean) TIME (Ma-Yi | La MaMa)
  • (8/28) Los Otros (Premieres NYC | A.R.T. / New York)
  • (8/29) Two Jews, Talking (Theatre at St. Clements)

September

  • (9/7) Strings Attached (Theatre Row | Theatre Four)
  • (9/11) Remember This: the Lesson of Jan Karski (TFANA)
  • (9/13) Jasper (Yonder Window at Pershing Square Signature Center | Griffin)
  • (9/15) Our Man in Santiago (AMT Theater)
  • (9/16) Sesame Street: The Musical (Rockefeller Productions + Sesame Workshop | Theater Row)
  • (9/17) This Beautiful Future (Cherry Lane)
  • (9/18) Four Saints in Three Acts (Lucille Lortel | The Doxsee at Target Margin)
  • (9/20) Stranger Sings (Playhouse 46 at St. Luke’s)
  • (9/23) COVID-19 vaccine BOOSTER 3 (Moderna)
  • (9/24) american (tele)visions (NYTW)
  • (9/28) Weightless (WP Theater)
  • (9/29) Leopoldstadt (Longacre)
  • (9/30) 1776 (Roundabout + A.R.T. | American Airlines)

October

  • (10/1) Cost of Living (MTC | Friedman)
  • (10/2) I’m Revolting (ATC | Linda Gross)
  • (10/4) Dodi & Diana (Colt Coeur | HERE)
  • (10/5) Baldwin and Buckley at Cambridge (Public + ERS | Anspacher)
  • (10/7) Death of a Salesman (Hudson)
  • (10/8) peerless (Primary Stages | 59E59)
  • (10/9) Our Town … But Wilder (Actors Temple Theater)
  • (10/11) The Piano Lesson (Barrymore)
  • (10/12) Everything’s Fine DR2 Theatre
  • (10/13) Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol [#9]
  • (10/14) Topdog/Underdog (Golden)
  • (10/15) Simon and His Shoes (The Tank)
  • (10/16) Chester Bailey (Irish Rep)
  • (10/16) Melissa Etheridge Off Broadway: My Window — A Journey Through Life (New World Stages)
  • (10/18) F*ck7thGrade (Wild Project)
  • (10/20) Chushingura – 47 Ronin (A.R.T. / New York)
  • (10/21) Cold Read Festival of New Plays | On Theatre & Criticism (Syracuse University panel on line)
  • (10/21) A Raisin in the Sun (Public | Newman)
  • (10/22) Candida (Gingold Theatrical Group | Theatre Row)
  • (10/22) Montag (Soho Rep)
  • (10/23) The Winter’s Tale (Bedlam | Irondale Center)
  • (10/23) Wuthering Heights (National Theater, Wise Children, Briston Old Vic, York Theatre | St. Ann’s Warehouse)
  • (10/25) Straight Line Crazy (The Shed | Griffin Theater)
  • (10/26) The Fall (The Huron Club | Soho Playhouse)
  • (10/27) More on Montag: Virtual Panel (Kate Tarker, Mary Kathryn Nagle, Roxane Gay, Harrison David Rivers)
  • (10/28) Hound Dog (Ars Nova + PlayCo | Greenwich House)
  • (10/29) A Man of No Importance (CSC)
  • (10/29) Walking with Ghosts (Music Box)
  • (10/30) What Kind of Woman (the cell)

November

  • (11/1) The Unbelieving (The Civilians | 59E59)
  • (11/2) My Broken Language (Signature | Linney)
  • (11/3) Hedda Gabler (Bedlam | Irondale Center)
  • (11/5) Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance (Transport Group + NAATCO | Connelly)
  • (11/5) You Will Get Sick (Roundabout | Laura Pels)
  • (11/6) Kimberly Akimbo (Booth)
  • (11/6) Catch as Catch Can (Playwrights Horizons | Peter Jay Sharp)
  • (11/7) Almost Famous (Bernard B. Jacobs)
  • (11/9) Good Enemy (Audible | Minetta Lane)
  • (11/10) Where We Belong (Woolly Mammoth + Public | LuEsther)
  • (11/11-13) ATCANY2022 | Reseated and In Person (ATCA in-person meeting)
  • (11/11) Downstate Playwrights Horizons | Mainstage
  • (11/12) Mike Birbiglia: The Old Man & the Pool  (LCT | Vivian Beaumont)
  • (11/12) Camp Siegfried (Second Stage | Tony Kiser)
  • (11/15-20) Michigan and Ohio
  • (11/22) & Juliet (Sondheim)
  • (11/23) The Rat Trap (Mint | City Center II)
  • (11/23) Only Gold (MCC)
  • (11/25) The Gett (Rattlestick)
  • (11/26) Boswell (MHK | 59E59)
  • (11/26) Where the Mountain Meets the Sea (MTC | City Center I)
  • (11/27) Evanston Salt Costs Climbing (New Group | Pershing Square Signature Center)
  • (11/29) the bandaged place (Roundabout | Black Box)
  • (11/30) Off Peak (Hudson Stage Company | 59E59)
  • (11/30) The Wildly Inappropriate Poetry of Arthur Greenleaf Holmes (The Tank)

December

  • (12/1) A Christmas Carol (Nederlander)
  • (12/2) Sandra (Vineyard)
  • (12/3) The Patient Gloria (St. Ann’s Warehouse)
  • (12/3) KPOP (Circle in the Square)
  • (12/4) Ain’t No Mo’ (Belasco)
  • (12/7) Jack Was Kind (Irish Rep)
  • (12/7) A Child’s Christmas in Wales (Irish Rep)
  • (12/8) The Far Country (ATC | Linda Gross)
  • (12/9) La Race (Page 73 + Working Theater | McGinn/Cazale Theater)
  • (12/10) Merrily We Roll Along (NYTW)
  • (12/10) Some Like it Hot (Shubert)
  • (12/11) Circus Abyssinia: Tulu (New Victory Theater)
  • (12/11) Becky Nurse of Salem (LCT | Mitzi Newhouse)
  • (12/13) Hoagy Carmichael’s Stardust Road (York Theatre | Theatre at St. Jean’s)
  • (12/14) Ohio State Murders (James Earl Jones)
  • (12/14) The Collaboration (MTC | Friedman)
  • (12/15) Des Moines (TFANA)
  • (12/16) Titanique (Daryl Roth Theatre) [transfer]
  • (12/17) Between Riverside and Crazy (Second Stage | Hayes)
  • (12/19) Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol [#10]
  • (12/20) Town Hall (live): Gender Parity. Are We There Yet? (panel presenter, TRU networking series, Polaris North Theatre)
  • (12/22) Release of Final Report from the Jan. 6 Committee.
  • (12/23) Women Talking (AMC Lincoln Square 13). First trip back to a movie theater since 2019. The world rights itself.
  • (12/27) Aftersun (Film at Lincoln Center Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center)
  • (12/30) Corsage (Film at Lincoln Center Walter Reade Theater)

© Martha Wade Steketee (December 31, 2022)

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