16Dec

Guest Post: Hanna and the Moonlit Dress at the Theater at the 14th Street Y

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Guest writer Liat Ginsberg is a mother and former journalist for the Israeli newspaper, Maariv. She has taught at the Film and Media Department at Hunter College. Last weekend, I took my twin seven year-olds to see Hanna and the Moonlit Dress at Theater at the 14th Street Y. When the play ended, I asked them both what they thought. My son initially thought it was too "babyish". I didn't understand why since he had listened so attentively, participating by raising his hand throughout the show (the show has an interactive element) when he knew the Read More

16May

Guest Post: Review of The Pied Piper at NYC’s New Victory Theater

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Guest writer Liat Ginsberg is a mother and former journalist for the Israeli newspaper, Maariv. She has taught at the Film and Media Department at Hunter College. There are very few plays that kids and adults will enjoy at the same time. The Pied Piper, which recently ended its run at the New Victory Theater, is one of them. Even if the you and the kids know the story by heart, it was still fascinating to witness the display of 410 handcrafted marionettes, including 300 ravenous rats, who were brought to life by 11 puppeteers. All the marionettes are Read More

24Oct

Guest Post: The Velveteen Rabbit Review

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Guest writer Liat Ginsberg is a mother and former journalist for the Israeli newspaper, Maariv. She taught at the Film and Media Department at Hunter College. Our society is consumed with look, beauty, celebrity and money. Parents are constantly struggling to teach kids that life is more than external beauty. The Velveteen Rabbit, now playing at the Linda Gross Theater in Manhattan, is a play that demonstrates to kids through a rabbit and a skin horse some very important lessons. The musical, which is directed by Anya Saffir and adapted from the book Read More

12Jan

MamaDrama News: A Special MLK Performance and Talkback

I've talked several times in the last two years about a wonderful show called Freckleface Strawberry, the hit off-Broadway family musical based on the popular children's book by actress, Julianne Moore.  In my review last year, I talked about the important messages that this play has to offer:  "The story has a great lesson to teach, and the music and dancing really help to bring the message home.  It’s truly the story of Strawberry’s journey to self-discovery."    Now I'm lucky to be helping to support and promote the show via my new company, Read More

20Mar

Review: Mischief at the New Victory Theater

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Yesterday my daughter and I had the pleasure of seeing the New Victory's performance of Mischief, their latest production for kids that derives from the UK.  It was one of those incredible theatrical experiences, a WOW moment when I realize how lucky I am to not only live near NYC, but how lucky my daughter is to experience the kind of programming that's at our doorstep.  The show is as innovative it gets.   I love watching her expressions when she's watching a show of this caliber - in this case, it was one of amazement, awe and delight. This show is Read More