Tag: TDF Stages

Teaching Manners to Build a Community

[article as originally published in TDF Stages, September 18, 2017.] MCC Theater’s new drama focuses on a one-of-a-kind charm school — Northlight Theatre‘s artistic director, BJ Jones, was so taken with a 2012 Chicago Tribunestory about Gloria Allen, an African-American, sexagenarian transwoman teaching an etiquette class for LGBTQ youth, he asked his friend, playwright Philip Dawkins, to pen

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Are You Ready for a Resurrection?

[article as originally published in TDF Stages, September 13, 2017.] How a multimedia artist is bringing a Long Island family back to life — Alison S. M. Kobayashi has an offbeat hobby. “For the past 11 years, I’ve been collecting found audio recordings, letters, and objects — usually things that have some sort of trace of

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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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Wrestling With the Legacy of a Real-Life Attorney

[article as originally published in TDF Stages, March 1, 2017.] A new play takes on William Kunstler — Playwright Jeffrey Sweet was inspired by a shock of hair and a lanky swagger. “It started off as a fairly pedestrian impulse,” Sweet says of his play Kunstler, about the activist attorney William Kunstler. “As I was watching the

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2016: excavation review themes

  After six annual marathons captured in “what Martha has seen” lists of theater and film adventuring (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016), I’ve learned a few things. I’ve learned that sometimes theater gluttony can build personal knowledge but impede creative critical output. I’ve learned that it’s a great privilege to be among the frequent

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Why Does a Play About the Internet Have a Realistic Set?

[article as originally published at TDF Stages, December 13, 2016.] The meaningful space of Tiny Beautiful Things. It might be about strangers communicating on the vast and anonymous internet, but Tiny Beautiful Things is a play of personal moments and intimate environs. Now playing at the Public in their Shiva Theater space, the show adapts

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They Knew Gun Violence. Now They Know Hope.

[article as originally published at TDF Stages, August 31, 2016.] [Featured image caption: [L-R] Patrick Blake, Cheryl Wiesenfeld, Tom Smedes, Erin Craig, Ric Wanesik, Jane Dubin, and Elyse Sholk. Producer panel discussion following workshop production of The Assignment. Photo: Martha Wade Steketee.] A new play uses the real words of gun violence survivors — How

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What Was It Like to See Judy Garland’s Famous Carnegie Hall Show?

[article as originally published at TDF Stages, June 15, 2016.] Welcome to Geek Out/Freak Out, where theatre fans get enthusiastic about things. This week, Stages contributor Martha Steketee geeks out with retired general manager Albert Poland at his home in Wappinger Falls, New York . In his 43-year career in New York theatre — which spanned

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He’s the Bawdiest Cleopatra of the Century

[article originally published at TDF Stages, March 30, 2016.] Last year, Charles Busch considered walking away from playwriting. Fortunately for fans of the writer, performer, director, and drag legend, the impulse didn’t stick. Just before the onset of rehearsals for Cleopatra, his latest creation, he says, “I was retired from the stage about a year

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