Author: martha wade steketee

NICHOLAS ROHLFING | Entertainment Lawyer and LMDA

[article originally published in LMDA’s monthly newsletter New & Noteworthy Issue 2.8 May 2017.] LMDA recently entered into an agreement with Attorney Nicholas Rohlfing, who represents a range of clients in the entertainment community, changing custom and practice for his clients. And now he’s working with us at LMDA. Tell me a bit about you. How

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Parity, Politics, and Survival: WiTFESTNYC 2017

[article as originally published in  The Brooklyn Rail, June 2017, posted May 28, 2017.] This June, the Women in Theatre Festival (with its creatively capitalized WiTFESTNYC tag) will unfurl its second year of programming, helmed by Project Y Theatre Company artistic director Michole Biancosino. Project Y, which Biancosino co-founded nearly 20 years ago in Washington,

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How Diep Tran Hones Her Theater Criticism — With Anger

[article as originally published in The Clyde Fitch Report, May 25, 2017.] It is fashionable to debate the importance of cultural criticism. The debate questions what criticism is and who is and is not a critic, challenges us to imagine what the audience for criticism should be, and considers proper critical comportment. We believe critics

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Karen Mason and Songs of Love Just in Time

[article as originally published in Theater Pizzazz, May 15, 2017.] I’ve spent the past 12 hours melting into the memory of Karen Mason’s voice. Her current show Mason in May runs for the rest of the month at Don’t Tell Mama, the intimate New York cabaret space that she helped to open in 1982. The

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Jamie deRoy Hosts the Toast of Broadway Old and New

[article as originally published in Theater Pizzazz, May 11, 2017.] Broadway performances past and present were evoked in the newest “Jamie deRoy & Friends” cabaret show on the intimate Birdland stage. This established, curated, and regular series of ensemble shows hosted by the personable deRoy has appeared in a range of venues around town. Sunday’s

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Making More Space for Latinx Artists

[article as originally published in TDF Stages, May 5, 2017.] featured photo: Flora Diez and Rey Lucas in Seven Spots on the Sun. Photo: Russ Rowland.   The Sol Project returns with a new production — A traumatized doctor named Moisés sits in a washtub filled with pineapples that he repeatedly crushes open and bites into. A badly

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Finding the Personal in the Political

gUN COUNTRY marks the first time someone other than one of Houses on the Moon’s original co-founders has directed one of its pieces. Worsham has been working with the company for several years in various capacities, including assistant director and writer. “I fell in love with them years ago when they were developing something with

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Review: The Price at American Airlines Theatre

[Caption: Danny DeVito, Mark Ruffalo, and Tony Shalhoub, making an assessment of lives lived in The Price. Photo: Joan Marcus.] [article as originally published in Exeunt Magazine, April 11, 2017.] Arthur Miller wrote The Price in the late 1960s when he was in his early 50s and America was erupting in civil demonstration about wars and

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Roundtable: Is Jesse Green the right choice for the New York Times?

[I am one voice among many in this article originally published by “Exeunt Staff” in Exeunt Magazine, April 10, 2017.] As yet another white man is hired to the most prestigious job in US theatre criticism, Exeunt’s New York writers ask when the conversation will really change.   After theater critic Charles Isherwood was fired,

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Fornes Meets O’Neill in Talbott’s Gravedigger’s Lullaby

[article as originally published in Theater Pizzazz, March 28, 2017.] For the trio of society’s cast-offs at the core of Jeff Talbott’s 90-minute play The Gravedigger’s Lullaby, life is having a pot with barely enough stew, a work day sweating over laundry or digging graves, and an evening enduring an inconsolable baby’s cries. There are

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