Blog for Moms Over 35

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Mom Theatre Blogger: Robin Hood: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman

October 5, 2015

robinhoodThe Seattle Children’s Theatre’s Robin Hood opened the 20th Anniversary season of The New Victory Theater, and it got the season off to a high energy and highly entertaining jumpstart….literally.

Written by Greg Banks (Tir Na N’og, New Vic 2000) and directed by Allison Narver, the versatile cast of four convincingly takes on more than a dozen roles to bring the legend of England’s famous outlaw to life.

Originally commissioned and produced by Children’s Theatre Company (Minneapolis) and produced by special arrangement with Plays for Young Audiences, this presentation appeared on the Seattle Children’s Theatre stage in 2011 and returned by popular demand to close their 2014-15 season. The New Victory presentation of Robin Hood marks the first theatrical adaptation to return to the New York stage since 1944.

Hans Altwies plays the title role while Basil Harris, Hana Lass and David Quicksall appear as Nottingham’s famous/infamous characters, including  Maid Marian, King Richard, Prince John and Little John.

My son (age 12) and I enjoyed the show, and there were many younger kids in the audience who were highly amused. The production is very child friendly, encouraging audience participation, including two youngsters having the opportunity to partake in a sack … Continue reading..

School’s in session… “The Question” is here to help by Pamela Francis

September 30, 2015

Problems in the lives of teens and young people have always been around.  Age old concepts like “Peer The Question cover wrap - 9780984336920-Perfect.inddpressure”, “bullying” and “adolescent angst” have become buzzwords child psychologists toss around like so many sound bites on “TeenNN” in describing what kids go through in their daily lives, but today’s school-aged children may face more than any previous generation when it comes to cultivating and maintaining a healthy self-regard. The kind that stands up against questionable media images, a dearth of positive role models, and in increased intimacy with violence, crime and death.

School has been in session for about a month or so now and it’s probably safe to say the social issues of young people are in full swing — from teasing and bullying, to ostracization, to cyber-campaigning for likes and followers — it’s on. My twelve yr-old son Malachi just returned from a dream weekend away with his best friend, complete with golf-carting, 4-wheeling, trampoline park’g and binge McDonalds’g, not to mention a ride on something called “the ring of fire” at the Fair that had him — and his lunch — both defying gravity.  To hear him describe it, the kid had an absolute blast, but sure … Continue reading..

Four Things That Make Your Kid’s Room Awesome

September 30, 2015

Decorating a child’s room can be overwhelming. Although you may think they could get away with just the basics, you’ll eventually start to notice all of their belongings, and you’ll soon realize that you need to be creative. Your child probably spends a decent amount of time in his or her room. It’s not just a place to sleep; it’s a place for them to play, create, and imagine, and when you need to decorate their room, you need to keep all of this in mind.

You also need to realize that when you shop for child’s furniture, your son or daughter, depending on their age, will have certain items they want and certain items they need. In order to ensure that your shopping and decorating ideas are kid-approved, you need to make sure that you invest in the following four things that will make your child’s room totally awesome.

1. Loft Bed
Your child’s bed takes up a decent amount of space in his or her room, and giving your child plenty of floor space is important for those toys, electronics, and other items they accumulate over the years. By giving your child a loft bed instead of … Continue reading..

Mom Theatre Blogger: Hamlet in Bed: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman

September 29, 2015

photo credit: Tristan Fuge

photo credit: Tristan Fuge

 “An actor and an actress perform a play.  The actor and the actress may or may not be mother and son, and they may or may not know it. You know the play, the play is Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” Yes, ‘that’ mother and son.”  Michael Laurence, who stars in and wrote Hamlet in Bed, enlightens the audience with these spoken words as he sets the stage for his intense, thought-provoking, at times humorous,  90 minute (no intermission) play, making it’s world premiere at Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre.

Directed by Lisa Peterson, also featured in the cast of two is Annette O’Toole.  Both turn in strong, emotional, nuanced, multi-layered performances.

Michael is a neurotic actor and adoptee obsessed with finding his real mother and playing Hamlet. He stumbles on Anna’s journal in a thrift shop and tracks down the  reclusive former actress-turned-barfly; gripped by the notion that she might be his birth mother.  He entices her to join a dark production of Hamlet playing the role of his mother the queen, and things go from there.

Michael Laurence (Playwright/Michael) is the playwright/performer of Krapp, 39 (Drama Desk nomination), which played Off-Broadway (Soho Playhouse), in London (Tristan Bates Theatre), and … Continue reading..

Mom Theatre Blogger: Daddy Long Legs: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman

September 29, 2015

daddylonglegs2 Starring Megan McGinnis (Broadway’s Les Misérables, Side Show, Little Women) and Paul Alexander Nolan (Broadway’s Once, Jesus Christ Superstar, Doctor Zhivago) and based on the 1912 novel by Jean Webster, DADDY LONG LEGS features music and lyrics by Tony Award nominee Paul Gordon (Sense and Sensibility), book by Tony Award and Olivier Award winner John Caird (Les Misérables), and direction by John Caird.

DADDY LONG LEGS tells the heartfelt tale of Jerusha Abbott (McGinnis), the oldest orphan in the John Grier Home. One day, a rich, anonymous benefactor Jervis Pendleton (Nolan) decides to send her to college, with the caveat that she write to him monthly. Unaware of his identity, she playfully names him Daddy Long Legs.

Jerusha eloquently shares her tales of college and her innermost thoughts and desires, trusting that they are safe with him.  As fate would have it, at school, she befriends a cousin of Jervis, and she and Jervis meet when he comes to visit.  She has no clue that it’s actually Jervis, himself, who is the benefactor reading and saving all her letters.  In her mind, her sponsor is an elderly man delighting in her growth and providing both monetary and emotional support ….the … Continue reading..

Signs of Abundance at OUR House by Pamela Francis

September 23, 2015

This month’s full moon at Aries – Libra marks “the Harvest”.  It’s a time of plenty… a time of abundance.  Whenever I hear the word “harvest” I always get images of going out and gathering up all the bounty that has been building over time.  My arms become the cornucopia, with all the met goals and their expected gifts spilling out onto the table that is my gratitude. So I thought I’d kick off with an anecdote about abundance and how that concept has evolved for me over the years.

When I first moved to L.A. from NY in the early 90’s my roommate and I struggled to catch up to and maintain the pace alongside the status quo.  Having relied upon New York City’s more than adequate mass transit system all our young lives, neither of us had a car at first in California, nor were we used to or prepared for what it meant to be living in a car culture: in$urance, regi$tration fees, tire$, ga$, oil change$, parking meter$, parking ticket$$$, the car wa$h, etc., etc.  In those early days of catching rides from friends — and in many cases sadly staying home, we dreamed of one … Continue reading..

MOM THEATRE BLOGGER: MISS SAIGON: London Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman

September 19, 2015

MS_Logo_A4L_Vis_AW.inddMISS SAIGON tells the heart wrenching,tender tragic tale of young bar girl Kim, orphaned by war, who falls in love with a American GI named Chris – but their lives are torn apart by the fall of Saigon.  Each makes touch choices that ultimately dictates their fate and future relationship.

In a word…this show is stunning on every level!  Musically, visually and emotionally.

Based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly, I saw it 20 year ago when I was first in London, and it’s remained one of my favorite musicals of all time.  It starred a young Lea Salonga, who went on to considerable fame and awards, and it ultimately came to Broadway also starring her. Eva Noblezada now plays the role of Kim in London, and I must admit, I wasn’t sure how anyone could truly step into Salonga’s shoes.  But, Noblezada does not disappoint.  She is truly lovely and engaging as Kim.   You feel both her inner strength and pain deeply when she sings like I Still Believe and You will Not Touch Him.  She and Chris Peluso (Chris) have palpable chemistry, and their duets including Last Night of the World are sweet and unforgettable.

When I was … Continue reading..

Mom Theatre Blogger: Laugh It Up, Stare It Down: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman

September 18, 2015

Photo by Richard Termine

Photo by Richard Termine

Laugh It Up, Stare It Down, a new play written by Alan Hruska and directed by Chris Eigeman, is premiering at The Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce Street).

The cast features Jayce Bartok (Made In Poland, The My House Play), Katya Campbell (Broadway: Disgraced, The Big Knife), Maury Ginsberg (Mother Courage and The Cherry Orchard with Olympia Dukakis) and Amy Hargreaves (Year of the Sky, Homeland).
Rehearsals begin Tuesday, July 28th.

Laugh It Up, Stare It Down, with a nod to Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, tells the story of Cleo (Campbell), a single anthropologist who, on her way to a date, meets Joe (Bartok) who is living an understated life and is content with it.  Once they hook up, marry and have a child, he finds impressive success in the financial arena.  Their lives take various twists ‘n turns, including their baby being lost at the hospital, a gun-wielding intruder entering their home, dining at a restaurant with only one food choice, Cleo contemplating having a fling, a neighbor battling cancer….etc.  Many of the happenings over the course of 20 years relate to challenges/catastrophe, unpredictability and questions of life and death.  And, as per the title … Continue reading..