Review: Dark, Twisted and Intriguing Venus in Fur

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David Iver's Venus in Fur is one of the most intense 90 minutes of showtime I've experienced in some time.  It starts out as what appears to be an innocent, unplanned audition.  As the two main characters are acting out a dramatization of the 1870s novella “Venus in Furs,” by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, the story takes a sudden turn and involves revenge, S&M and torture. Nina Arianda plays Vanda, the actress auditioning for the lead role, and Hugh Dancy plays the playwright, Thomas.  The two of them have an interesting chemistry, although their Read More


Remembering the Voices of 6 Million

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One of my greatest memories of living in Israel was the sirens that wailed across the country, as everyone paid tribute to the six million Jewish people who perished in the Nazi Holocaust which now took place 70 years ago. For two minutes every year on this day, pedestrians and traffic come to a standstill, and motorists stand next to their vehicles with heads bowed on one of the most solemn days on Israel's calendar. All radio and television programs are connected in one way or another with the Jewish destiny in World War II, including personal Read More


Joining the Faces of Rosacea Campaign

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No one is picture perfect – not even celebrities – but everyone can get educated on skincare, especially if you suspect you have Rosacea.  Rosacea is a condition that I didn't know very much about until I started working on a MamaDrama campaign involving Rosacea called FACES OF ROSACEA. Did you know that over 16 million Americans suffer from Rosacea, a vascular condition caused by inflammation with symptoms that include facial redness, pimples and irritation? Yet only 10% of sufferers are being treated!  As soon as I heard about it, I started to see Read More


Behind the Scenes of Listen to Your Mother

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I've learned so much working on Listen to Your Mother NYC.  I'm working with the most amazing women you can imagine on a production we all care about, and been involved in all aspects of the production.  From auditions to casting the show, from finding rehearsal space to the planning the actual rehearsals, to finding the venue for the show and scouting the Upper West Side for the cast party and so much more.  I've been milking the experience as much as possible and have been absorbing the knowledge of the phenomenal director, producer and cast, and most Read More


Not doing it All…and Realizing That’s Okay


Having just returned from two weeks away (I was in England, if you haven't noticed and yes, my children did come back with slight British accents), I feel somewhat overwhelmed.  Work deadlines, dance recitals, violin practice, dance lessons, swim lessons, homework, state tests.  So much to keep track of.  It's never easy to jump right back in after being outside our everyday norm. Before we left, I was worried about how I could pick up and leave so many things.  But my husband wanted to to go to the UK, as he was homesick and wanted to spend Passover Read More


Muse, Lover, Wife, Mother – The Paris Wife Review

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  When I picked up my copy of The Paris Wife by Paula McLain, I was intrigued by the endorsement by Nancy Horan, the author of Loving Frank, one of my favorite novels of the last few years.  It reads "The remarkable novel about Ernest Hemingway's first marriage is memorizing.  I loved this book." The cover does a good job of revealing something about the period the book was based on, the 1920s.  It shows an outside bistro in Paris.  The woman facing forward, the man's facing the other way, both dressed in clothing from that era.  I Read More


Exploring London with the Kids

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We just finished a week in London.  We actually come here every year to visit family, but we always look forward to the trip.  One year we spent time seeing the major tourist sites, like the Changing of the Guard, the London Eye, another year we visited the Science Museum and took a bike ride in Camden Lock.  I've posted a about prior trips to London on Traveling Mom: Where to Eat with Kids in London A Day at London’s Science Museum Exploring the London Museum of Jewish Life with Kids London’s Restaurants for Traveling Moms London on a Read More


Giveaway: Win a Pair of Tickets to See SEMINAR on Broadway (3 chances!)


A few months ago, I wrote about my experience seeing Seminar on Broadway, written by Theresa Rebeck and directed by Sam Gold (what a combination).  It’s a play about a professor who is teaching a private writing seminar to four aspiring young novelists in a NYC apartment.  A the time, Alan Rickman, one of my favorites, was playing the lead and I spoke about my undying love for the man and essentially how much I enjoyed the play. It made me love and hate Rickman's character at the same time.  Well, mostly hate.  It's hard when you love the actor playing a Read More


A “Zen” Family Stay at the Hempel Hotel in London

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Tucked away in the beautiful Notting Hill section of London lies a jewel of a hotel, and what you might find a surprisingly child-friendly place to stay. The Hempel is a breath of fresh air for any family wanting a bit of an escape from the excitement and business of London.  Instead of staying in a typical London hotel and getting very little space for your money, The Hempel offers full-size apartments with plenty of space for everyone to spread out and relax after exploring the city.  Best of all, it's located right next to Hyde Park and Notting Hill Read More


Caving with the Kids at Creswell Crags


Our trip to the UK has not only taken us back in time but it has introduced our children to various parts of UK history.  We discovered a bit about Victorian history at Chatsworth House and Elizabethan chivalry at Bolsover Castle.  Our visit to Creswell Crags in Derbyshire also presented us with new information about a time period we've yet to explore with our children: the Ice Age. Located in a limestone gorge full of caves, Creswell Crags is home to the only Ice Age rock art in Britain, which tells the gripping story of life in the last Ice Age – Read More