25Jun

Review: When We Were Young and Unafraid, Historical and Empowering

When We Were Young and Unafraid

Cherry Jones is my favorite stage actress. And I also adore the Manhattan Theater Club. 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, Read More

18Jun

Review: Our New Girl at the @AtlanticTheater

our girl atlantic theater

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

grand bahama island

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

the lilly awards

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

03Jun

Giveaway: Tickets to Our New Girl at Atlantic Theater, a Tale about the Darker Side of Modern Motherhood

Our New Girl

Hazel Robinson appears to have everything, but when her plastic surgeon husband departs for a charitable mission in Haiti, she's left holding the bag of a failing new business and a problem child. When a professional nanny arrives unannounced on her doorstep, Hazel finds her home under the shadow of a seemingly perfect stranger and one who has an agenda of her own. The cast features Mary McCann (The Old Neighborhood, Our Town), Lisa Joyce (La Bete; Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson), Henry Kelemen ("Mr. Popper’s Penguins," "What Maisie Knew") and CJ Read More

25May

Review: Act One at Lincoln Center

Act One Lincoln Center

Last week I sat in a dark theater, watching a show that caused me to have a smile on my face the entire time. As soon as the curtain rose at "Act One", and Tony Shalboub came on stage, portraying Moss Hart, the famous real-life playwright who penned several Broadway classics, including "Merrily We Roll Along" in 1934 and "You Can't Take It With You" in 1936, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize, a smile graced my face and never left. This is truly a show for theater lovers, and I, of course, am one. Written and directed by James Lapine, "Act One" follows Read More

13Apr

Blog Hopping: Why I Write

Write what you love

I have always loved to write. I thrived in Honors English Classes in high school, writing short stories and poetry and was on the editorial team of the school newspaper. I went on to major in Journalism in college and spent some time in the CNN newsroom before moving to NYC to work in television programming and production. Eventually, I ended up working in publishing where my writing skills really came into play. But it wasn't until I started blogging that I truly captured my journalistic spirit, returning to my roots in writing. From travel to culture Read More

10Apr

Review: Bullets Over Broadway

bullets over broadway

Based on the screenplay by Woody Allen and Douglas McGrath, Bullets Over Broadway finally hit the NYC stages this past week.  The production introduced a new collaborating team to Broadway: Woody and Susan Stroman. With a pair like that, my hopes were high. Zach Braff, Marin Mazzie, Betsy Wolfe, Heléne Yorke, Vincent Pastore, Brooks Ashmanskas, Nick Cordero, Lenny Wolpe and Karen Ziemba head the  ensemble cast of 29 - that's a lot of talent on one stage. The story revolves around emerging playwright David Shayne, who is about to have his play produced Read More

08Apr

Review: The Realistic Joneses

the realistic joneses

"So much potential." That's what I thought leaving the Lyceum Theater after seeing the The Realistic Jonses the other night. Check out these credits: Written by Will Eno. Directed by Sam Gold. Starring Toni Collette, Michael Hall, Tracy Letts, Marisa Tomei (seriously, what a kind of amazing cast?!). The show originally premiered at Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven, CT, in April 2012, starring Letts, Parker Posey, Glenn Fitzgerald and Johanna Day.  Written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Eno and directed by Sam Gold (Fun Home), The Realistic Read More

07Apr

Review and Giveaway: Peace, Love and Cupcakes The Musical

Peace, Love, and Cupcakes

  Last night we had one of those ONLY IN NEW YORK MOMENTS, taking in a high quality, really fun show for kids on a Saturday night with a stellar cast and top notch music at the Vital Theatre Company. The show was Peace, Love, and Cupcakes The Musical, carefully chosen with my soon to be 11 year-old in mind. She's a bookworm, and this play happens to be based on a popular book with the same name. She also loves peace signs, the word 'love' and cupcakes, so seeing it made perfect sense. Based on a book written by Sheryl Berk and her 11 year-old Read More