05Apr

Our NYC Staycation

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This past spring break was an interesting one. After living in and near NYC for a lot of years, I decided it was time for my kids to have a NYC staycation. We stayed in hotels, went to museums on 42nd Street like Madame Tussaud's, took a bus tour, ate in Chinatown and Korea Town, went to the top of the Empire State Building, visited the Statue of Liberty and toured Ellis Island, went to the 9/11 Memorial, explored the orchids at the Botanical Gardens in the Bronx and had pizza on Arthur Avenue, indulged in cupcakes at Carlos Bakery, strolled through Read More

30Mar

Review: Catch Me! (Attrape-moi) at The New Victory Theater

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A Saturday afternoon spent at the New Victory Theater is the perfect one for my kids and I, and this past Saturday was no exception. My daughter and I went to see the extremely creative and utterly wonderful CATCH ME! (Attrape-moi), featuring the six young talents of Flip FabriQue, an up-and-coming troupe from Quebec City, Canada, whose members have performed with Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Éloize, 7 Fingers and more. We ventured to a 12pm show which we found full of other families with (much younger) children than my tween. But after being an avid Read More

16Mar

Review: A Contemporary Pinocchio at New Victory

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I'm mad about the productions brought to the NYC stage by my friends at the New Victory Theater. I've been blogging about them since the beginning of TheCultureMom in early 2010. I always know I’m going to get high-quality, innovative and completely original programming and bring it into the creative minds of my children.  Literally every production is mind-blowing. They ooze with talent and creativity, often from around the world. The New Victory Theater's latest production, PINOCCHIO, making its U.S. premiere at The New Victory Theater through March Read More

03Mar

Guest Post: Review of The Light Princess at The New Victory Theater

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Have you ever seen a six years old reaction to an adults kissing? Well, sit in the play, The Light Princess at the New Victory Theater, and you’ll get dozens of kids screaming, “ewweeeee”. Before the kiss, you’ll hear the kids asking each other frantically, “Are they going to kiss?” and when they kiss, many of them will turn their heads and refuse to look at the "scary" kiss. This musical, performed at the New Victory Theater by the A.R.T. Institute at Harvard follows the journey of a young princess cursed to live without gravity, based on the Read More

15Dec

Guest Post: Review of Cirque ZIVA at the New Victory Theater

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CIRQUE ZÍVA at the New Victory Theater, with artistic direction by Danny Chang and choreography by Angela Chang, is a superbly performed piece of physical theatre. If their purpose was to demonstrate the incredible capabilities of the human body, they achieved it without a doubt. The Golden Dragon Acrobats are flexible and well balanced athletes, actors and artists who were trained in their craft from early childhood. There are acrobats spinning around within metal rings, strong women standing on each other, while keeping smiles on their faces, men Read More

01Apr

Review and Giveaway: The New Victory Theater, NYC

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One thing I love about the New Victory Theater is that I always know I'm going to get high-quality, innovative and completely original programming.  Literally every production is mind-blowing. So, of course, after seeing the latest New Victory production, Bello Mania, I can say the same thing.  I  knew very little about former Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey clown Bello Nock, who directs and stars in this new show along with a talented troupe of circus performers.  When he first came out on stage, looking exactly like he does in the photo above, Read More

14Oct

Meaningful Fun on 42nd Street w/ the New Victory Theater & Dave and Busters

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Last night was a great night for me and for the MamaDrama network.  We recently teamed up with the New Victory Theater, a theater that you've seen me mention many times on this blog to bring a group of writers with their children to their premier 2012-2013 production, URBAN.  It was a night to remember in more ways than I can describe. First of all, I brought my son with me.  He has sensory issues so I often bring my daughter instead to avoid conflict, but he loved everything from start to finish.  He held his focus on all of the activities at hand at Read More

26Mar

Don’t Miss Ahhh HA! at the New Victory Theater and GIVEAWAY for FOUR Tickets

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The New Victory Theater continues to bring first-rate theater for kids to New York City.  I make every effort possible to get my kids into the city to see their shows.  They have the most beautiful, visual, innovative productions this side of the Atlantic Ocean.  I'm a huge fan.  And so are my own children. Ahhh HA! is a provocative blend of dance, acrobatics, aerial work, evocative visual imagery, humor and original music. Returning to The New Victory after 12 years, the multi-talented Do Jump! ensemble fuses physical skill, comedy and moments of Read More

24Aug

My 7 Links Challenge and Why I Made it 8

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I usually don't respond to chain letters or emails that ask me to answer questions and forward them to other people.  I don't fill out questionnaires that offer loads of personal information about me either.  I don't forward jokes and I don't share recipes and pass them on.  I'm just not into that kind of thing. But when I got a request from one of my favorite bloggers turned IRL friends, Rebecca from BeccaRama, I couldn't say "no".  First of all, I was flattered to be short-listed; secondly, the topic is blogging, which I love to talk about.  It's a Read More

23Apr

New Victory Theater Presents “Peter and Wendy”

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The New Victory continues to bring first-rate theater for kids to New York City.  I make every effort possible to get my kids into the city to see their shows.  They have the most beautiful, visual, innovative productions this side of the Atlantic Ocean.  You've seen me post before on their blog, I'm a huge fan.  And so are my own children. World-renowned experimental theater company, Mabou Mines, returns for a third time with Peter and Wendy, an adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s celebrated story about the exuberant and fleeting nature of childhood.  Rising Read More