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November 27, 2014
I’m tired of trying to be normal. Tired of trying to do the normal things that normal families do with their kids. I’m not normal. I was not raised normal. I am starting to understand just where I came from. A horribly, dysfunctional, family upbringing.
My life is changing. When my son turned 10 years old, I had a baby. My life was full, taking care of a baby. I see the same pattern repeating itself with my daughter turning 10 this past year. I am in need of something to occupy my time. I no longer need to care for a toddler. I am lost. My daughter spends most of her free time on her lap top. She doesn’t just play, she learns and draws too. I remember when my son was growing up, TV was the bad babysitter. My son and I spent a lot of time with the TV on. We watched cooking shows and kid shows and documentaries. I find that with TV, my kids and I were together viewing. With the lap top, I am not a part of her life and I can’t even try to be. I just don’t get … Continue reading..
November 24, 2014
ME, MY MOUTH AND I – a new solo play written and performed by Joy Behar – is making its world-premiere production at Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce St.), playing a limited 7-week engagement through December 21.
With more than 30 years on stage and screen, Behar takes her audiences on a journey in ME, MY MOUTH AND I – from her childhood in Williamsburg, Brooklyn to suburban life as a married housewife, to center stage as a talk show host and comedienne. She speaks with love and amusement about growing up Italian, even though some perceived her as Jewish.
Best known as one of the original hosts of ABC-TV’s hit daytime talk show THE VIEW, Behar was one of the show’s most popular hosts for 17 years, ending her run earlier this year. Along with her fellow panelists Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd and Elizabeth Hasselbeck, Behar won the 2009 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host. Behar began her stage career in stand-up at such celebrated NY clubs as Caroline’s and Catch a Rising Star, winning three MAC Awards and a CableACE Award.
Behar is a hoot. A cross between stand-up and personal anecdotes, supported by … Continue reading..
November 23, 2014
The holidays have offered added challenges for me this year. Everything actually started getting more and more difficult last winter. It was my first winter when my disability truly challenged by ability to offer my family any kind of holiday experience. In past years, I had trouble but I was able to somehow rise above it and find some holiday activities I could give my children while skipping the others I couldn’t manage. But all that changed last winter when I found myself having the toughest time I’d ever experienced during the colder winter months. I cut down my list of holiday tasks as much as I could…there was no baking cookies, very little crafting with my girls, shopping was done mostly online, and we didn’t go out very often. Even with cutting back so much, my recovery after Christmas took months. I was unable to take down the tree until well after Valentine’s Day. Boxes of decorations sat for weeks waiting to be put away. Lights hung on my windows for just as long. As much as I wanted to, I just didn’t have the energy or the pain tolerance to do any better.
This year’s autumn arrival built … Continue reading..
November 19, 2014
Directed by Academy Award® and Golden Globe® winner Bill Condon (Chicago, Dreamgirls, Twilight: Breaking Dawn Parts 1 and 2, Gods and Monsters) making his Broadway directorial debut, this new staging of Side Show includes new music by multiple Grammy Award® winner, Academy Award®, Golden Globe®, and Tony Award® nominee Henry Krieger (Dreamgirls), with book and lyrics by Tony Award® nominee Bill Russell, additional book material by Bill Condon.
Side Show is inspired by the headline-making true story of the Hilton twins, Daisy and Violet, who were legends in their time and the highest paid performers on the vaudeville circuit.
The original production premiered on Broadway in 1997, and went on to earn four Tony Award® nominations including Best Musical, Best Original Score of a Musical and Best Book of a Musical.
Erin Davie (Daisy) and Emily Padgett (Violet) reprise their leading roles and make a dynamic, captivating duo. They deliver immensely affecting portrayals of the sisters conjoined at the hip. Daisy is spunky and starstruck, and Violet is lovestruck, and as different as their personalities are, they are devoted to each other, as if joined at the heart. Davie and Padgett move smoothly and harmonize beautifully, and you can’t take … Continue reading..
November 18, 2014
As a single mom living in Harlem, I would’ve never expected to identify so strongly with a King and Queen from a place called PinkMountainIsland.
I should explain.
I walked into New York City Children’s Theater as a first-time blogger with my preschooler on a brisk Saturday morning. This was also our first play together and I wasn’t at all sure what to expect from any aspect of this experience.
Nevertheless, we checked in, were seated and soon after found ourselves on an industrial dock during an unclear period of time.
There we met buskers Bert and Gert, played by Liam Fennecken and Sarah Charles. Buskers are street performers, if you’re like me and didn’t know that. Bert and Gert worked that teaching moment into their intro act nicely and my son giggled lots during this scene.
The tall slender mime of the crew, Harvey (Ben Laxton), finds himself in a box just his size and on a ship bound for Pink Mountain Island (PMI, henceforth).
PMI is ruled by a very loving, but equally preoccupied King and Queen. These Royals, also played by Fennecken and Charles, have a daughter, Princess Mindy.
We’ve commonly seen princesses like Mindy … Continue reading..
November 16, 2014
To me, the circus is ubiquitous with childhood. Like Apple Pie and Lemonade, it never goes out of style. But for some kids, like my soon-to-be, 10-year-old son, the mention of the circus gets me a “been there, done that” response. These days, teetering on 10, if there isn’t an app for it, or a video game associated with it, or a ball to kick on a soccer field or bounce on the basketball court, my son would prefer to do something else, thank you very much.
Like a good mom, I ignored his response, and off we went to the Big Apple Circus in New York City. Guess what? From the minute the show began, he couldn’t stop laughing. I thought he would pull a muscle straining to have his hand picked for one of the audience participation segments for kids. His jaw dropped when two female contortionists squeezed their bodies into a box the size of small dog. He was agog at the daring young men and women on the flying trapeze. His eyes twinkled (just like when he was two) when the small, fuzzy little bunnies appeared out of nowhere, followed by fluffy dogs riding on the … Continue reading..
November 15, 2014
Walking around one’s college campus thirty years after graduation prompts much reflection. I only live 20 minutes from the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and I’ve been to Chapel Hill many times for medical appointments on the edge of town, but it’s been a long time since I went back on the heart of the campus. I’ve met friends before and had lunch on Franklin Street, I’ve been to field trips to the Morehead Planetarium with my kids when they were young, but the only time I’d been in the heart of the campus was in 2008 when my oldest son took a campus tour when trying to decide where to attend college. This past week, however, I finally got the opportunity to walk between the buildings again, to stroll along the beautiful tree-lined sidewalks that meander through the campus, and it felt good. As I walked along, I could easily envision myself taking this same walk thirty years ago; I could even recall specific instances and remember the thoughts I was thinking back then at that moment. I could remember tests I’d taken and the emotions (good and bad) after them. I could remember … Continue reading..
November 13, 2014
“Mad Men” star Vincent Kartheiser and Broadway’s Larry Pine (CASA VALENTINA) play Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler, respectively, in BILLY & RAY, Mike Bencivenga’s new play — directed by the famed director/writer/producer Garry Marshall — being given its NY premiere at the Vineyard Theatre (108 East 15th Street).
Completing the cast of BILLY & RAY are Sophie von Haselberg (THE CAT AND THE CANARY) as Wilder’s long-suffering secretary, and Drew Gehling (JERSEY BOYS) as a beleaguered studio chief.
Set in Hollywood in the 1940s (with a fab set by Charlie Corcoran) , BILLY & RAY follows award-winning writer-director Billy Wilder and novelist Raymond Chandler as they team up and attempt to push the envelope as they adapt the novel Double Indemnity for the silver screen, featuring Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck. Chandler is coerced into writing in the presence of Wilder, which he agrees to only because he is eager for a steady paycheck so he can buy his wife a home in LaJolla. He accepts Wilder’s wily ways, and they fight over everything including smoking, opening windows, how to address each other, etc, but despite it all, eventually produce cinematic gold.
With mentions of the challenges of working … Continue reading..