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MOM THEATRE BLOGGER: John & Jen: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman

February 27, 2015

johnjenThe Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning Keen Company is presenting the first New York revival of John & Jen, the musical with music by Andrew Lippa, lyrics by Tom Greenwald, and a book by Greenwald and Lippa. Performances began February 10th at The Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues), and it runs through April 4th.

The musical stars star Kate Baldwin as Jen (Tony Award nominee, Finian’s Rainbow) and Conor Ryan as John (most recently seen in The Fortress of Solitude at The Public Theater and the Broadway production of Cinderella).

Jonathan Silverstein, Keen Artistic Director directs, with musical staging by Christine O’Grady and music direction by Lily Ling. John & Jen has scenic design by Steven Kemp, costume design by Sydney Maresca, lighting design by Josh Bradford and sound design by Julian Evans. This production includes the premiere of a new song, “Trouble with Men.”

Kate Baldwin’s Broadway credits include Big Fish, Finian’s Rainbow (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations), Wonderful Town, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and The Full Monty. Off-Broadway: Giant (Public Theatre; Drama Desk Award nomination.). Other NY credits: Opening Doors at Zankel Hall, five Encores!. Regional: … Continue reading..

MOM THEATRE BLOGGER: Bright Half Life: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman

February 26, 2015

bright half lifeThe world premiere production of BRIGHT HALF LIFE – a new play by Pulitzer Prize nominee Tanya Barfield and directed by Tony Award nominee Leigh Silverman. The five-week limited engagement at New York City Center Stage II (131 W. 55th Street) runs from February 17 to March 22, 2015.

Erica meets Vicky. Vicky marries Erica. Lives collide. Rewind. Pause. Fast forward. Starring Rebecca Henderson (Appropriate Behavior) and Rachael Holmes (Ruined), BRIGHT HALF LIFE reflects on the ferris wheel of life, the fragility of sustaining love, skydiving, parenting, and the infinite moments that bring, keep and ultimately break apart make a relationship over decades.

It’s the structure here that draws you in.  Scenes repeat.  Time jumps back ‘n forth.   We get snippets of their lives together, the good, the bad, the mundane and everything in between. 

The play opens with Erica stating that her father has died, and she’s reaching out….potentially to reconcile their lesbian relationship…..or is it just for support?  Either way, we’re not quite sure how monumental a loss this is for her.  And, this is reflective of the tone of the play.  While the actors hold your attention, there’s no real depth of character, given the somewhat sketchy … Continue reading..

When Love Turns To Hate by Lori j Loesch

February 26, 2015

                                  When love turns to hate,  and like to despise

                                  I look into your eyes,

                                  I see that you despise me, with that glare in your eyes

                                  They used to be blue, but now they are grey

                                 your love went away 


So, here’s  the skinny:  I left the life of abuse and all that happens, to an innocent,  baby girl,  when she is severely abused by her step-adopted dad, and the entire family and community, and school district sweeps it under the rug, behind me.   I wasn’t abused once, I was abused every day, all the time.  I listened to a TED Talks from Dr. Nadine Burke Harris.  She talked about children that have had a trauma in their life, and what happens to their bodies and their minds.  She talked about how, when you’re in the woods and you are face to face with a bear, your heart starts to pound, your breathing becomes heavier, there are many physiological changes, taking place in your brain and body.  Your body produces hormones and other chemicals, to help you with your flight or fight.  But, what if the bear comes home EVERY NIGHT?  The child has physiological changes in her body … Continue reading..

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

February 26, 2015

brooklyniteThe hip, new, Off Broadway, original musical, BROOKLYNITE, is inspired by the real Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company located in Park Slope and based on characters created by Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman. With book by Peter Lerman and Michael Mayer and music and lyrics by Peter Lerman (winner of the Jonathan Larson Award), BROOKLYNITE is directed by Michael Mayer.  

The cast features Andrew Call (FOUND, ROCK OF AGES), Gerard Canonico (SPRING AWAKENING), Max Chernin (BRIGHT STAR), Nick Choksi (INDIAN INK, NATASHA, PIERRE AND THE GREAT COMET OF 1812), Nick Cordero (BULLETS OVER BROADWAY), Matt Doyle (WAR HORSE, THE BOOK OF MORMON), Carla Duren (110 IN THE SHADE), Ann Harada (AVENUE Q at The Vineyard and on Broadway, CINDERELLA), John-Michael Lyles (ANGELINA BALLERINA), Grace McLean (BEDBUGS, NATASHA, PIERRE AND THE GREAT COMET OF 1812), Tom Alan Robbins (THE LION KING, SUNSET BOULEVARD), Nicolette Robinson (“The Affair” – Showtime, “Hart of Dixie” – CW Network), and Remy Zaken (SPRING AWAKENING, THE ANTHEM).

In BROOKLYNITE,  Brooklyn gets struck by an asteroid that releases the substance Brooklynite…which bestows those in its nearby vicinity with superhero powers of varying degrees….in this case….half a dozen take on powers.  Trey Swieskowski, a hardworking hardware store clerk, aspires … Continue reading..

Advocating For Dreams by Maureen Eich VanWalleghan

February 26, 2015

Often during the week I have a topic I am thinking about for my post, but then before I start writing, something way more pressing will take over in my mind and the original topic is obliterated. Today’s previously scheduled programing has been obliterated by school or rather my daughter’s academic career and my relationship to its development.

Where to begin? How about with my kvetching, or maybe complaining or frankly b!*#$ing at lunch with another mother from my daughter’s class. Turns out, my concerns about my daughter’s teacher and host of pressing issues are shared by other parents in the class as well. Okay so now what?

There are some complicated politics about why nothing will change and why feedback given up the change of command is in fact falling on deaf ears. Again, so what now? I spent the break being mad about the situation and then I remembered that I am the consumer. For the sake of clarity, let me say that my daughter is in a private school, but I forgot. She had been in a public school, but this year we decided to go private.

The irony is that this private school feels as functional … Continue reading..

Birthdays Come and Go by Michele Talamo (a Later Mom)

February 24, 2015

micheletalamoMy daughter and I are turning 5 and 45 this year! Birthdays come around for everyone all the time, right?! For me as an older mom, it has so much more meaning. As my daughter ages and reaches milestones, so do I! It’s a time that makes me stop and think. It makes me think of where we are and where we will be. I try to keep it positive, I try to keep my thoughts flowing to only good things, but I do feel sad at times. I feel sad to think that when she is 30, I will already be 70! Having a child older in life was not necessarily a choice; it was one brought upon me. Having met my husband in my mid 30’s, and then having issues getting pregnant, I was almost 40 when she was born.

As I started to write this, I came across an article “Trading Complaining for Praise,” and it stopped me in my tracks. It may sound like I am complaining about having a child later in life, but I am really just reflecting on time and how it does change dynamics. I immediately realized the importance of turning my … Continue reading..

Hotel Elysee in NYC: Review by Robin Gorman Newman

February 23, 2015

elyseeoutsideBuilt in the 1920’s, the Hotel Elysée, part of The Library Hotel Collection. is named for one of the finest French Restaurants of that era. Once the playground for the rich and famous, Hotel Elysée has been home to movie stars, artists, writers and intellectuals. Luxurious yet intimate, the Hotel Elysée is located on East 54th Street between Park and Madison Avenues.

This hotel is a European style charmer…..and a “keeper” in my travel book.

The staff is hugely accommodating and aims to readily please.  I found the bed on the firmer side, which some may love, but my preference is a more cushy slumber.  Upon request, the hotel jumped into action to provide not one, but two, feather bed toppers, which did the bedtime trick.  We requested a quiet room, and outside noise was never an issue.

In each room, they provide a list of items that may be requested — everything from a fleece blanket to sewing kit to toothbrush, etc., etc.  So, you don’t have to worry about forgetting something. Our room, with two doubles beds, was a good size, and elegantly furnished.

Boasting an old worldly air of sophistication, yet a family friendly vibe, the hotel

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Creating Comfort by Maureen Eich VanWalleghan

February 18, 2015

Today, I am a bit under the weather while traveling in North Dakota for a visit to see my husband. While laying in bed this afternoon I realized that a bigger blog post I was close to finishing would not be done and instead I thought maybe I should write about what was banging around in my head from this trip: the invisible commodity of comfort. Something moms work to create—particularly while traveling—and which when provided for, is completely invisible.

Creating comfort involves considering the needs of every member of the travel party and trying to find intersections to meet those needs each day of a trip. For me, for this trip, that task involved a daughter who is on winter break, a husband who is tired from working for six weeks straight and living in his truck, and me, the mom who is thinking about our life goals and how we are going to achieve them.

Comfort played out in the following ways: cooking a bunch of favorite meals that could be microwaved at a hotel, planning some fun activities for my daughter to see, keeping the days simple and short for my husband who is tired, and trying … Continue reading..