10Dec

Living Out Loud in Israel

"Greatness is not what happens to you. Greatness is who you are in the face of what happens to you." - Adrienne Gold Davis This was one of the first things I heard on my recent trip to Israel with Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project (JWRP) and it really resonated with me. With this inaugural trip for a group of what was coined "media magnets," I knew I was experiencing something kind of amazing and didn't want to lose sight of the importance of this very signifiant statement. I had been on many press trips in my time, and you've read about many of Read More

08Dec

Review: The Parisian Woman at the Hudson Theater

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Beau Willimon wrote "The Parisian Woman, now playing on Broadway in NYC. He is also the creator of Netflix's "House of Cards" and the upcoming series "The First" on Hulu. From what I understand, he is constantly making changes to his new play, which takes place in contemporary Washington, D.C. and revolves around an uncannily familiar President who we don't learn is called Trump near the end of the play. But believe me, it is completely obvious that this play was written to reflect the tumultuous, turbulent, twisted times we are living in. I actually Read More

05Dec

Guest post: Review of “Puffs” at New World Stages

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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. If you or you kids are fans of  the Harry Potter series, the play Puffs is for you. In addition, if your kids have never read the book or watched Harry Potter movies (like my 8 year-old twins), then the play “Puffs” is also for you. The truth is this play may be more for kids than for adults. My kids enjoyed every minute. They could not stop giggling. At times, I was wondering why do they Read More

14Nov

Guest Post: Review of New York’s Newest Big Apple Circus

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This a guest post written by writer Lisa Gerstel-Zach, a diverse and seasoned executive who has spent her career in Children’s and Family Entertainment via Publishing, Live Events and Broadcast before stepping back to take a much earned reprieve from the Corporate world in order to reinvent herself and remember why she moved to New York. She lives in the latest hip neighborhood of Williamsburg, Brooklyn with her husband and daughter. Friday afternoon and it is like negative 40 degrees out, what could be better than bundling up in 12 layers and heading Read More

05Nov

Review: “What We’re Up Against” by Theresa Rebeck

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In the aftermath of the Harvery Weinstein scandal, #MeToo, and everything that's going on in the world, a play about gender issues seems more relevant than ever. Theresa Rebeck’s What We’re Up Against at the WP Theater is that play for me, and as soon as it started, I knew I was in for something timely and relevant to what we are experiencing today. It's not about sexual assault, but rather office politics, gender imbalance, and equality, all which are issues that pertain to what we are hearing about today. In my first TV job, I worked for two men. I Read More

26Oct

Your Next Binge Must Be FX’s “Better Things”

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Would my kids care if I died tomorrow? Would they eulogize me at my own funeral? I know that this sounds morbid, but the thought has crossed my mind more than once. Motherhood can be a thankless, grueling grind, and leave it to FX's "Better Things" for reminding me that I'm not alone in the most recent episode of the show called "Eulogy". In this episode, written by the show's co-creator, Louis K., Sam, a single mother of three played by my new shero, Pam Adlon, is watching TV with her girls after a long day at work. Her character is a very successful Read More

13Oct

Film Review: “Goodbye Christopher Robin” About the Inspiration for Winnie the Pooh

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  The other night I had the opportunity to screen the new film Goodbye Christopher Robin at the Paris Theater in NYC, along with the director and several stars of the film. The film starts to roll out in theaters nationwide today. I felt very fortunate to be in the room with the creators of this special film, which was very reminiscent of Saving Mr. Banks, another recent  tale about a famous figure in history that brought one of the most important stories into the world. In that case, it was  about mogul Walt Disney who brought Mary Read More

10Oct

Restaurant Review: An Indian Feast at Benares Tribeca

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Tucked away in the heart of Tribeca sits an Indian restaurant that demands a visit. If you are as much an Indian food connoisseur as I am, you need to know about Benares Tribeca. I had an inspiring meal there last night that I am eager to tell you about. Benares Tribeca, which is located on Murray Street downtown, is known for honoring the 28 states of India, specifically Northern India. The restaurant is modern, with banquette seating and hardwood floors, red wall accent pieces, and a bar with a lounge area. I was surprised by how nice and trendy the Read More

09Oct

Review: “The Play That Goes Wrong” is Perfect for Teens

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  The Play That Goes Wrong officially opened on Broadway on April 2 at The Lyceum Theatre, after a successful West End run in London. It's a play I've been curious about for some time, so I was thrilled to get the opportunity to review the play this week, with my 14 year-old daughter in tow. The fun started as soon as we sat down as some of the cast members were interacting with the audience, goofing around. This was very indicative of the sense of humor and type of pranks that would be cast for the next two hours over the course of the show. Read More

25Sep

“Victoria and Abdul” and High Tea at the Plaza Hotel: A Quintessential NYC Experience (+ Giveaway)

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This past weekend my daughter and I had the most unique afternoon at the Paris Theatre and the Plaza Hotel in NYC. Given her British roots and ancestry, it could not have been a more perfect afternoon. A bit of Dame Judi Dench and cream tea all in one, I can't think of anything more sublime. We started our day at the Paris, a theatre I have long loved since my days of living in NYC. It's one of the city's most loved and authentic art film houses. We were there to see the new film, Victoria and Abdul, a quintessential English film depicting an Read More