Review: Rapture, Blister, Burn – A Feminist, Moving Theatrical Experience

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When I ventured into the city for a Sunday night performance of RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN at Playwright Horizons after a long, exhausting weekend full of work & personal obligations, domesticity and exhaustion, I had no idea that I was headed exactly where I needed to be.  As soon as the curtain went up, there was a certain vibe that generated on the stage both from the actors, the set and music, and when they started to speak the words off the brilliant script by Gina Gionfriddo, I was mesmorized for the next two hours.  The script deals with issues … [Read more...]

Getting a Dose of the Arts without the Stress of Childcare

The Big Meal

"Somewhere in America, in a typical suburban restaurant on a typical night, Sam and Nicole meet. And sparks fly, setting in motion an expansive tale that traverses five generations of a modern family, from first kiss to final goodbye. A stunning, big-hearted play that spans nearly eighty years in a single sitting, The Big Meal tells the extraordinary story of an ordinary family. "#1 Play of 2011." --Time Out Chicago.  This is the description I read before encountering THE BIG MEAL, a new show at Playwrights Horizons by Dan LeFranc and directed by … [Read more...]

Win Tickets to see The Big Meal at Playwrights Horizons

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Come to the Next MamaDrama Twitter Party on Monday, March 12th! Join @MamaDramaNY, @phnyc, @playtime_nyc and friends 9pm ET, to chat about THE BIG MEAL, the newest play at Playwrights Horizons by Dan LeFranc at hashtag #TheBigMeal. In THE BIG MEAL, we glimpse five generations of a modern family through the various meals that make up a lifetime — from milestone first dates and celebratory dinners to everyday outings with the kids. At the twitter party, we’ll talk about this stunning new play and how the meals we eat with our families fit into … [Read more...]

Review: Assistance at Playwrights Horizons


Do you ever have flashbacks of particular experiences that weren't particularly pleasant but supposedly paved your future and helped you become who you are?  I did when I saw the film Swimming with Sharks with Kevin Spacey, for example. Who hasn't had vivid dreams of tying up their boss after one snide remark too many? Like everyone else, once upon a time, I was an assistant to someone in a high power position. While I respected my boss, I was subjected, sometimes inadvertently, to countless humiliations daily. Looking back, I realize I did learn a … [Read more...]