26Mar

Review and Giveaway: The Heidi Chronicles on Broadway

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Let me preface this review by saying I'm a huge Wendy Wasserstein fan. I was introduced to her plays as a high-school student studying drama in a performing arts school. Her plays resonated with me instantly - as a theater lover, as a feminist, as someone looking through her choices in life as a young woman. I heard her speak several times before she passed away – once in college and once at a conference right before when I had my first child. I’ve read all her plays, read her biography and wish more than anything that she was still here on this Read More

21May

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

02Jan

Review: Wendy and the Lost Boys by Julie Salamon

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I'll never forget when I first saw Uncommon Women and Others.  I was in college at the University of Georgia when it was performed and I was introduced to Wendy Wasserstein's playwriting.  The characters in the show keep postponing their age by which they will be "pretty fucking amazing."  The goal seems both impossible to define and unattainable.  "I keep a list of options," says Holly, the main character at the end of the show.  "Just from today's lunch, there's law, insurance, marry Leonard Woolf, have a baby, birdwatch in Bolivia.  A myriad of Read More

06Feb

“Pamela’s First Musical” and Olivia’s first musical

Tonight I read "Pamela's First Musical" to my daughter at bedtime.  As an avid theater goer in NYC, I loved its writer, Wendy Wasserstein.  She died from cancer in 2006 and it was way too early to take her from this world.When I was a young girl, I read and saw all her plays, from "Uncommon Women and Others" on PBS to "The Heidi Chronicles" and "The Sisters Rosensweig" on Broadway.  I also loved "Isn't It Romantic?" and "An American Daughter".  I also saw her last play at Lincoln Center, "Third" about a middle-aged professor.  Read More