17Oct

Review: Lincoln Center Theater’s The Oldest Boy by Sara Ruhl

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THE OLDEST BOY resonated with me on so many levels - as a mother, as a spiritual human being, as one who is curious about other cultures, as a theater lover who loves plays that revolve around women characters. Over the course of two hours during this new show by Sara Ruhl, I was introduced to a family torn apart by the husband's culture after two Buddhist monks appear at the door one day to declare a high-ranking lama, or high Buddhist teacher, has been reincarnated in the body of their son, Tenzin. The monks want permission to take him to a Read More

10Oct

Giveaway: Tickets to The Love Note, an Anti-Bullying Musical

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I fully support and love sharing shows with a social conscience. The Love Note is one such show. It's an anti-bullying musical playing in New York City, written by playwright/composer Gail Phaneuf, is directed by Russell Garrett, with music direction by Rachael Ziering, produced by James Farrelly. I have two kids, ages 9 and 11, and bullying is definitely something I worry about. Just look at some of the statistics: - 15% of girls are bullied 2-3 times a month. - It is estimated that 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack Read More

28Sep

A Tween Friendly You Can’t Take It With You on Broadway

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The other night I ventured to a Broadway show with my daughter in tow; we went to see You Can't Take it With You starring the formidable James Early Jones, Elizabeth Ashley, amongst many other great theater actors. I admit to knowing very little about it other than that it was a show for all ages. Since I am a great fan of introducing my kids to all kinds of art, particularly stage, I took her. It was only natural that on a Friday night, there weren't many kids in the audience, something she noticed right away. While it concerned her mildly, we were both Read More

24Sep

Review & Giveaway: The Butterfly Girl at The Vital Theatre

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The Vital Theatre is one of my favorite theaters in NYC to see shows with my daughter. We've seen several there over the last few years: Peace, Love and Cupcakes The Musical; Show Way; Angelina Ballerina; A (Tooth) Fairy Tale and Pinkalicious, and we've loved them all. Their shows have a social conscious and bring meaning through lyrics, dancing, singing and laughter. The Butterfly Girl is no exception to the rule. It captures the integrity and vibrance of the Vital Theatre. It's for kids aged 2-7, but my daughter, now 11, was able to enjoy it Read More

12Aug

Review and Giveaway: Avenue Q in NYC

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I can't believe I never saw Avenue Q until last week. It's celebrating its 11th anniversary! How can that be? I'm such a huge fan of one of its composers, Robert Lopez, that I have been clamoring to see it. It was on July 31, 2003 that Avenue Q opened on Broadway, going on to win 3 Tony Awards - for Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score - and ran over 6 years at the John Golden Theatre. In October of 2009, it moved to its current home at New World Stages. It's played over 4,500 performances in New York, in addition to countless performances across the Read More

07Aug

Reliving the Phantom of the Opera

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Seeing Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA on Broadway over 20 years ago was a highlight of my young adulthood. When I saw it on Broadway, I loved the music, the costumes, the set, the magic. The CD traveled with me across several continents as a young woman, and I never got the show out of my mind. When I was offered a pair of tickets to see the show, which is now celebrating its 25th anniversary, I was admittedly excited to take my 11 year-old daughter.  To relive this musical with my first born was incredibly important to me as it was an Read More

25Jun

When We Were Young and Unafraid: Empowering

When We Were Young and Unafraid

I adore the Manhattan Theater Club. Cherry Jones is my favorite stage actress.  The combination is just beyond. So when I heard they were joining forces for a new production called When We Were Young and Unafraid by a young feminist playwright named Sarah Treem, I was elated. So much so that I left my suburban home on a Sunday night and ventured to the show on my own. I just knew this show would be worth it. I was born in 1970 right before the women's movement heated up, and the play takes place during that time. It was the age of Betty Freidan, Gloria Read More

18Jun

Our New Girl at the @AtlanticTheater

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The moment Our New Girl started, I knew I was in for a roller coaster of an evening. There is only one character on stage and it's dark, clearly night time. We immediately find out that he's slightly off kilter, and he's only eight years-old. The scene ends with quite a disturbing surprise and as it transitions to morning, every audience member knew this play had a serious plot unraveling. This new play by Irish playwright Nancy Harris is not a play for the weak minded. It's a strong, feministic play about the stark realities of being a mother, having Read More

07Jun

A (Rare) Solo Traveler

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No, this isn't a book review. I just felt like the image above sums up how I feel about where I am right now. I'm actually on a press trip in the Bahamas at the Grand Lucayan. I decided not to bring any members of my family on this trip largely for financial reasons. I yearned for a trip where I could not only focus on my writing but also seeing things through a different lens. I first became aware of the beauty of solo travel many moons ago while backpacking through Europe after college, when, as Journalism major, I carried a notebook and pen and Read More

03Jun

The Lilly Awards, Saluting Women in Theater

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I had the immense pleasure of attending the Lilly Awards last night in NYC. It was a night dedicated to honoring women in every aspect of theater. For a theater fanatic like me, it was a complete thrill. I LOVED every second of the evening. After bumping into one of the founders almost at the start, the phenomenal Theresa Rebeck, and being remembered by her after meeting her quite fleetingly last year through a friend, I felt right at home. The Lillies were started in the Spring of 2010 as a way to honor the work of women in the American Read More