17Nov

Curating Kids Classics with Netflix

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My kids are just as obsessed with Netflix as we are. Every night as soon as our kids are in bed, we immediately turn on Breaking Bad. We're in the middle of the third season and we're pretty fanatical.  I can't believe we missed out on the show when it ran on AMC, but thanks to Netflix, we're catching up on the wave and can't get off. Nor do we want to. When it comes to our kids, we want something less action-packed and more education-focused, and it's amazing how much choice there is on Netflix. We've already watched many of my own favorite films from Read More

14Nov

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

12Nov

An Interview with Dr. Ruth

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After seeing Becoming Dr. Ruth last week, I was even more intrigued by the real Dr. Ruth than before.  Everyone knows Dr. Ruth Westheimer from her career as a pioneering radio and television sex therapist. Few, however, know the incredible journey that preceded it. From fleeing the Nazis in the Kindertransport and joining the Haganah in Jerusalem as a scout and sniper, to her struggles to succeed as a single mother coming to America. I recently asked her a few questions about the show, her life and more. TCM: What is it like seeing yourself portrayed Read More

11Nov

The Holocaust Documentary Kinderblock 66

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Yesterday I experienced a movie that I am going to be thinking about for many days to come. It was about the beauty that can be found even in the darkest places. The title of the film was Kinderblock 66: Return to Buchenwald. We all know about the despicable acts that occurred during the Holocaust, but it's nice to be reminded of the courageous acts that were also undertaken to keep Jews safe, just as Schindler in Schlinder's List did. This film reminds us of both the atrocities and the miracles that occurred during the Holocaust, and it is a firm Read More

08Nov

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 Hagannah.  Later while living in Read More

04Nov

Review and Giveaway: Pippin the Musical on Broadway

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

03Nov

Getting Up Close and Personal with the Cast and Crew of “The Book Thief”

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Five years ago, someone in my book club selected The Book Thief by Australian author Markus Zusak.  As soon as I turned to the first page, I was mesmerized. Let me preface this article by saying that I am Jewish and I'm someone who has always felt a profound sense of responsibility towards my people and heritage because of what happened during the Holocaust.  I read a lot of books about this time period. I watch movies about it.  I have even thought about going back to school to study the Holocaust. I am currently interviewing survivors for my Read More

01Nov

An Interview with Film Director Richard Curtis

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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. I was lucky enough to spend time with Curtis recently at a small press conference. I sat in the first row and asked as many questions as I could.  He was what I expected: honest, direct and Read More

31Oct

Good Reads

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Now that I'm commuting to the city, I'm finding myself with seventy minutes more than I ever had before, time for some good reads.  It's time to myself, with no interruptions and no one to worry about.  I can literally keep my head down for an extended period of time.  Since I live in a small town, there is always the chance of bumping into people on the way in that I have to spend time talking so I do my best to avoid talking types (and I'm quite sure they try to avoid me, as well).  It's a quiet ride, and I'm doing my best to stay off my phone and Read More

26Oct

Review: The Snow Geese, a Chekhovesque Production

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  The first time I saw Mary Louise Parker was in Craig Lucas' Prelude to a Kiss in 1987 on Broadway.  She was a shining star as the lead role as Rita, cast opposite Timothy Hutton. I was a high school student studying drama and she became one of my theater heroines.  Over the next 10+ years, I would see her flourish on stage in Hedda Gabler, How I Learned to Drive and Proof.  She has so much to offer on stage. Funnily enough, when I saw her in 1987, I was starring in a Chekhov play as the family matriarch. Her current role in a Chekhovesque Read More