Giveaway: The Realistic Joneses on Broadway

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Written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Will Eno and directed by Sam Gold (Fun Home), the upcoming Broadway show The Realistic Joneses is inside look at the people who live next door, the truths we think we know and the secrets we never imagined we all might share. As their relationships begin to irrevocably intertwine, the Joneses must decide between their idyllic fantasies and their imperfect realities. The show originally premiered at Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven, CT, in April 2012, starring Letts, Parker Posey, Glenn Fitzgerald and Johanna … [Read more...]

Review and Giveaway: The Unofficial GIRLS Guide to New York

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I love GIRLS. I write about the show often.  I wrote it about it on BlogHer recently and I've written about the provocative and daring show here several times, as well. I'm a huge fan, even in light of Hannah's newly discovered narcissism this season. Last season it was OCD, now she's full of herself. As a matter of fact, all the characters are and it doesn't bother me because I know and remember being in my 20s living in NYC and, believe it or not, my life was not that dissimilar.  Take as you will from that statement. I'm such a fan that the show's … [Read more...]

Giveaway: Joffrey Ballet School’s Nutcracker

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Joffrey Ballet School, a world-renowned dance center offering the most versatile and highest quality training, will once again present Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker this holiday season with 355 dancers – the largest cast in the school’s 60-year history. Returning to the Skirball Performing Arts Center, Joffrey Ballet School will perform five performances of the holiday favorite with three casts, December 13 – 15, 2013. In addition to delighting in the timeless tale of The Nutcracker, audiences will also enjoy its rich legacy of culture, with dances … [Read more...]

Review and Giveaway: Phantom of the Opera on Broadway

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I have never forgotten the time when, as a much younger girl that I am now, I went with my musical-loving mother to see Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA on Broadway. We were both memorized by the music, the costumes, the set (I've never forgot the hanging chandelier), the lighting, the magic. We both talked about the show and listened to the show's soundtrack for many days after that and the CD traveled me with me across many continents in my days during and after college. When I was offered a pair of tickets to see the show which is now … [Read more...]

Becoming Dr. Ruth: Review and Giveaway

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Everyone knows the supremely direct Dr. Ruth from her radio and television shows, "Sexually Speaking." But at 4 foot 7 inches tall, her life has been anything but short on adversity. She was a huge part of my childhood.  I remember hearing the sound of her voice on the radio as clearly as I can hear it today.  We were avid listeners.  She gave women a microphone. But before she became America's most famous sex therapist, she lived a life unbeknownst to many. She survived the Holocaust, moved to Israel and joined the Haganah.  Later while living in … [Read more...]

Review and Giveaway: Pippin the Musical on Broadway

Pippin the Musical

I love a big, splashy Broadway musical, and Pippin the Musical is exactly that. It's also one of my most memorable childhood theatrical experiences in the world.  The music, the staging, the costumes, the set.  I still have vivid images of seeing the show,, even though it was community theater, and I was no more than 10 at the time.  I also remember the music and have had the songs in my head for 30 years.  Needless to say, I was curious how the new production on Broadway would pan out and compare to these majestic memories floating in my head. The … [Read more...]

Giveaway: The Soupmaker’s Kitchen by Aliza Green

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When I make homemade soup, I'm a hero in my house. My family loves soup. Butternut squash, lentil, broccoli, cauliflower. Whatever I make, they love.  Best of all, besides the mutual soup admiration club, I always feel good that I'm serving something healthy.  Pureed vegetables with water or milk and very little else, what can be better than that? I also love the fact that a pot lasts several days and takes us through several meals.  There is no downside (except the cleanup). According to a new book THE SOUPMAKER'S KITCHEN (Quarry Books, July 2013, … [Read more...]

Giveaway: Angel Heart Music Storybook

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  The haunting, evocative music storybook Angel Heart, released in September as a deluxe CD package, makes its New York premiere as a live multimedia family concert narrated by actor Chris Noth at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall this Monday, October 21. Hailed as “a fairy tale for the digital age” (Wall Street Journal), Angel Heart enjoyed a sold-out world premiere at UC Berkeley’s Cal Performances earlier this month. With a new story by best-selling children’s fantasy writer Cornelia Funke, interspersed with lullabies and songs arranged for voices, … [Read more...]

“About Time”: Richard Curtis Film Review and Giveaway

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About Time is the latest film by writer and filmmaker Richard Curtis. If you loved his other films, which include Notting Hill, Love Actually and Four Weddings and a Funeral, you will love this one. Curtis has a distinctive voice and style that weaves through his work, and this film is no exception. It's a small film with a big life lesson, and it had me raptured. The film revolves around 21 year-old, Tim (played by Domhnall Gleeson who lives with his eccentric, loving family in Cornwall, England. When he finds out from his dad (played by the fabulous … [Read more...]

Giveaway: Win 4 Tickets to Me and My Shadow at the New Vic

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A shadow takes the lead role in Me and My Shadow, a visually rich and whimsical play by the renowned Patch Theatre Company (Pigs, Bears and Billy Goats Gruff, New Vic 2008), Australia’s flagship theater company for children ages four to eight. A Helpmann Award winner for Best Presentation for Children in Australia, Me and My Shadowmakes its U.S. Debut at The New Victory Theater for a limited engagement from October 19 – 20, 2013. In a playground of paper, light, music and magic, a whimsical story about childhood friendship comes to life when one young … [Read more...]