24May

An Early Look Inside “Me Before You”

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When Jojo Moyes walked into the room during a press junke for "Me Before You" a few days ago, the first question didn't come out of my mouth; it came out of hers. She asked, "Did you cry?" The funny, or not so funny, thing was that I had just had this very conversation with others about the film and whether it had made me cry. My answer was yes, absolutely. I was as spell bound and smitten with the characters as when I read the book a few months ago, and my fondness for the leads grew even more intense after seeing the film. However, since I had Read More

20May

A Trip to San Francisco with a Tech-Obsessed Child

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Solo trips with each individual child mean a lot to me. Not only are these trips good bonding experiences, but they are also good to plug into each child’s interests. For example, when I travel with my daughter, we tend to gravitate towards amusement parks and anything to do with pop culture or shopping. My son, on the other hand, likes technology and..well, not much else. So, on a recent trip to San Francisco, we catered the whole visit to his interest. Of course, we went to other places but we largely focused on tech. After all, he's a future engineer Read More

16May

Exploring Southern California with CityPASS

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Southern California is a place that demands exploration. It's got great weather, amazing beaches, good shopping, beautiful people and of course, amusement parks. My 13 year-old and I have loved our various visits to the region, always bonding over new experiences and the most beautiful scenery in America. She's a Disney kid, too, so Disneyland has always had particular appeal, but the issue is typically cost and time. When we've gone to Los Angeles, Long Beach or San Diego in the past, we haven't had the time to squeeze Disney and the other parks in, Read More

16May

Guest Post: Review of The Pied Piper at NYC’s New Victory Theater

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Guest writer Liat Ginsberg is a mother and former journalist for the Israeli newspaper, Maariv. She has taught at the Film and Media Department at Hunter College. There are very few plays that kids and adults will enjoy at the same time. The Pied Piper, which recently ended its run at the New Victory Theater, is one of them. Even if the you and the kids know the story by heart, it was still fascinating to witness the display of 410 handcrafted marionettes, including 300 ravenous rats, who were brought to life by 11 puppeteers. All the marionettes are Read More

11May

Grace and Frankie’s Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda’s IRL and Onscreen Chemistry

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Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda are Hollywood legends. They have had long, fulfilling careers that include 9 to 5, the film in which they starred together in the 1970s. Last year they reunited to star in the Netflix series Grace and Frankie, which is having its second season premiere this Friday. The show, about two women who find out their husbands are not only law partners but also lovers, displays the actress’ immense talent, with acting that goes from dramatic to hilarious in the blink of any eye. Their friendship transcends from reality to the Read More

08May

Why This Mother’s Day Has Particular Meaning

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In the past few years, I have stared death in the face more than once. Once by an illness that could have taken my life had it not been caught in time; the other time in a fluke accident that nearly took my last breath. The strange thing is that both events happened in a relatively short span of time when I still had children under the age of 10. But the good thing, and there's always a good thing, is that both incidents took a toll on me physically and mentally and have made me stop to think about my mortality and role as a mother. Prior to these Read More

07May

Review: Something Rotten, a Musical “Tribute” to Shakespeare

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I have one question about Something Rotten, a Broadway show that just celebrated its one year anniversary. What took me so long????? The play celebrates everything I love more than life - Shakespeare, musicals, dancing, comedy and a superb cast that includes two of my favorite Broadway/screen actors, Brian d'Arcy James and Christian Borle. James is leaving in a few weeks, and I feel grateful to have seen him play Nick Bottom, Shakespeare's nemesis who vows to keep up with this arch rival. He's one of my favorite actors and he plays the role with Read More

03May

Up Close and Personal with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin

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Netflix's half-hour show Grace and Frankie stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as friends who come together after their husbands leave them for each other. Their husbands played by Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston are ready to change their own lives, happy to come out to the world, but Grace and Frankie, two women in their 70's, both have a hard time letting go, after being married to the men for nearly 50 years. But the women get through it, and the first season of the show tells their story brilliantly. (If you haven't streamed it, now's the time!) Season Read More

02May

Guest Post & Updated Review: Gazillion Bubble Show

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Side note: I wrote about the Gazillion Bubble Show when I started this blog in 2010. It's funny looking back at this post - it was one of the first shows I ever covered. When I was asked to update my review, I realized that my own kids are now too old to appreciate bubbles, so I respectfully sent one of our contributors, Lisa Gerstel Zach. It sounds like it had the same impact on her daughter as it did on mine so many years ago... When I asked my 3-1/2 year old daughter what she thought of Gazillion Bubble Show, she called it the"BEST SHOW EVER!" and Read More

27Apr

Review and Ticket Giveaway: Tuck Everlasting

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Last week I was invited to see the new Broadway musical Tuck Everlasting and I jumped at the opportunity. I'm a huge fan of Claudia Shear and Tim Federle, co-writers of the new play, and the story's tag line and premise intrigued me. After all, wouldn't it appeal to you: If you could live forever, would you? The play explores this theory in a the form of a musical fairytale. A beautiful set, expert choreography and memorable score aid and brilliant acting aid the storytelling, and it all adds to the play's fantasy theme. The story revolves around the Read More