Blog for Moms Over 35


Our group for older moms over 35 parenting later in life blog features moms and experts sharing.  We share about living life fully over age 35, and write not just about parenting experiences, but life, growth, aging, etc.

Given Robin’s personal passion for sharing cool finds, travel destinations, unique attractions and theatre going, she writes periodic reviews of products, services, trips, Broadway and Off Broadway shows and other forms of entertainment, attractions and leisure pursuits….whether for kids, moms or couples.

If you’d like to submit a topic, product, destination, event, show or attraction for consideration, write robin@motherhoodlater.com.  Happy to hear from you!

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“The Other Josh Cohen” Show Review by Andrea Santo Felcone


Wednesday
November 21, 2018

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you could meet your future self? This concept is at the core of a brilliant musical comedy, “The Other Josh Cohen,” now playing Off-Broadway. When the show begins, we meet the two Josh Cohens: Present-day Josh (Steve Rosen) and Future Josh/The Narrator (David Rossmer). They are both wearing their favorite plaid shirt, so the only way to really tell them apart is that Present-day Josh sports a mustache—even he would tell you it’s cheesy–while Future Josh, The Narrator, is a touch more stylized: the mustache is gone, in its place—a rugged 5 o’clock shadow. Future Josh narrates the musical, all while playing guitar (and sometimes violin). This hugely-talented duo is joined on stage by 5 other actors–all play various instruments and a multitude of roles, seamlessly.

The Other Josh Cohen

Steve Rosen and David Rossmer. Photo Credit: Caitlin McNaney.

Present-day Josh is down on his luck in a big way. Josh’s apartment has been robbed, picked clean, everything stolen except one Neil Diamond CD (and “not even the one with the good songs”) and a “hang in there” cat calendar gifted to him by a well-meaning relative. Present-day Josh is a nice guy, a really nice Continue reading..



Show Review: Layer the Walls


Saturday
November 17, 2018

Layer The Walls

By Amy Wall Lerman

Ages: 7+

If rats could live forever, oh the tales they would tell.  And what tales they do tell in the production of Layer the Walls at the 14th Street YMCA on Manhattan’s east side.

The show opens with two rats in a tenement building on the lower east side of New York City.  They tell us stories of the immigrants who lived in one particular apartment according to the scraps of wallpaper each family left behind.

Apparently the Tenement Museum, located at 97 Orchard Street, discovered that the former tenement building they housed themselves in had 20 layers of wallpaper and 40 coats of paint – each resident that lived in the building laying claim to their space in a new world.

If you’ve never visited the museum, you should.  It is all about us.  You, me, your ancestors and how they got here.  Many arrived in New York, settling in the city for a time.  Housed in apartments no bigger than today’s walk in closet (or some Manhattan studios).  300 Square feet of the American dream without heat or running water. But this was better, for most, than what … Continue reading..



“BYOB Acting Crash Course” at the Sedgwick Russell Acting Studio: Review by Andrea Santo Felcone


Thursday
November 8, 2018

“We don’t need to be good at everything. We are already good at the things in our lives that matter. Let’s just have fun with this.”

These were the wise words of a good friend, right before we took to the stage in a “BYOB Acting Crash Course” offered by the Sedgwick Russell Acting Studio. I had jumped at the chance for this opportunity offered by Motherhood Later, roping in a friend to share the experience. This would be a great entry in my “Year of Yes” journal, which, honestly was looking a little thin. Acting class? That would’ve been a hard pass for the old me, but the new me (who, ironically, is older) decided to grab a friend, jump in, and see where we landed.

Sedgwick Russell BYOB Acting Class

Photo Courtesy of Dan DeMello Public Relations. Standing: far left: Rob Sedgwick, far right: Cathy Russell.

Our leap into the unknown, took us to the Sedgwick Russell Acting Studio, located at The Theater Center, 210 West 50th Street. Once inside, if there was signage for the studio, we didn’t see it, but know that it’s on the fourth floor. When you arrive, you’ll be greeted by Catherine Russell. How do I know … Continue reading..



Renascence: Show Review by Rochelle Jewel Shapiro


Sunday
November 4, 2018

All I could see from where I stood

Were three long mountains and a wood;

These lines begin Renascence, the poem written by Edna St. Vincent Millay when she was just eighteen, still living in rural Maine, and declaring she will find the perfect lines, meter, and content to win the 1921 contest, The Lyric Year. When she writes the poem of her dreams but only gets fourth place, the scandal that rocks the literary world makes the first-place winner decide to admit Edna’s poem is better and shame-facedly hand over his $250 prize to her. With this, Edna (Hannah Corneau of Hedwig and the Angry Inch national tour) is catapulted from her life in rural Maine to a Bohemian life and poetic stardom.

Transport Group’s world premiere musical, Renascence, with music by Carmel Dean (musical director If/Then), book by Dick Scanlan (Thoroughly Modern Millie), and lyrics from the poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay, is not only a window into the writer’s mind and heart, but also an exploration about the fluidity of identity. Edna, who calls herself Vincent, captivates both men and women with her intellect and reckless sexuality. One of her two sisters is … Continue reading..



Harold’s at Arlo SoHo–a Restaurant Review by Andrea Santo Felcone


Friday
November 2, 2018

A restaurant that sets its sights on trying to appeal to children as well as adults, in a sophisticated—yet playful—manner, might be a restaurant with an ambitious goal. Add to that, the desire to serve American Bistro food, of decent portion size, with seasonal menus … all of this might seem too much to attain. Yet, this is achieved rather artfully at Harold’s, the ground-floor restaurant at the Arlo SoHo hotel, named after chef Harold Moore. The Arlo SoHo is a modern boutique micro-hotel located at 231 Hudson Street, very near the Holland Tunnel.

Harold's Restaurant, Arlo Soho

Harold’s

A few steps into the Arlo SoHo and you’ll notice modern décor mixed with delightfully playful touches: a Dylan’s Mini Candy Bar greets you with its multi-colored bins of candy, rainbow-swirled lollipops–had my youngest been with me we wouldn’t have gotten much farther than that! The lobby is filled with carved-out spaces for guests to enjoy a coffee, a book, or their digital devices, in a modern atmosphere that doesn’t sacrifice comfort. That same intersection of style carries forth to the dining experience at Harold’s.

Upon arriving at Harold’s, my friend and I received a warm welcome from the staff (who continued to be very Continue reading..



THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG: Ticket Giveaway & Discount


Thursday
November 1, 2018

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG

 

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HuffPost

“COMIC GOLD!”
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TICKET GIVEAWAY

MotherhoodLater.comis giving away tickets for THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG. To enter for a pair,  email robin@motherhoodlater.com.  Put THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG in the Subject Line, and indicate why you would like to see the show.  Winners will be notified via email.  The ticket offer is only good to see

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Big Apple Circus: Show Review by Amy Wall Lerman


Tuesday
October 30, 2018

I have never been a fan of the circus.  Not because there’s anything wrong with acrobats, clowns or the flying trapeze.  It’s always been because of the animals.  I don’t enjoy seeing trained wild animals doing tricks.  It looks, and feels, unnatural.  And, frankly, that’s because it is unnatural.

Well, I can honestly say that New York City’s famed “Big Apple Circus” is my kinda’ circus.  The only animals involved are some very agile dogs, some beautiful horses, and an adorable pig all lovingly managed by 3rd generation animal trainer, Jenny Vidbel.  This is a circus that couldn’t offend if they tried.

Even the clowns were unique.  No big red noses, floppy wigs, or hideous face-painting.  Instead the clowns were just a couple of guys who cleverly amused with slap stick antics and the usual buffoonery.  One of the “clowns,” portrayed by comic Mark Gindick, starts out in a business suit at the beginning of the show.  He stumbles into the spotlight under the “Big Top” starting a fun narrative reminiscent of the old adage, “I’m running off to join the circus.”  What else could a wayward businessman glued to his cell phone possibly want?  He joins forces with … Continue reading..



The Best is Yet to Be by Marlene Wagman-Geller, author, Great Second Acts: In Praise of Older Women (Book Excerpt)


Thursday
October 25, 2018

With the optimism of youth, there is an inherent belief that, in the words of Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, “The dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.” However, as the calendar pages turn, our aspirations tend to recede into the distance, placed on the back burner by financial survival, child-rearing, and male maintenance. Then, in a dizzying blur, we gasp at the pigment-free image staring back from the mirror, reminding us how quickly time passes. It is essential that we do not go gentle into our twilight years. Ladies who experience late-in-life reinvention are the embodiment of what Antony said about Cleopatra: “Age cannot wither her / Nor custom stale / Her infinite variety.”

Growing up in Toronto, Canada, my holy grail was to have my name on the spine of a book, having a seat in my own version of the Algonquin Round Table. Life did not play out that way. (Surprise, surprise.) While waiting to publish the great Canadian novel, heir apparent of Margaret Atwood, I became a high school English teacher. Although pouring knowledge into young minds is a noble pursuit, my dream of authorship haunted me.

In 1986, I moved … Continue reading..