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March 4, 2015
Women of my generation were trained early on — when a Beatle walks in the room, you scream; no other response is appropriate.
So when I took the kids to see Ringo Starr play Radio City Music Hall in New York, as soon as the funny one (who is now a grandfather) walked on stage, I issued forth a scream — much to the mortification of my sons. Not even their adulation for the Beatles was a sufficient antidote for the embarrassment of your mom screaming like a public ninny.
It wasn’t until I looked around and saw some other middle-aged women waving their arms and screaming, “We love you, Ringo!” that I realized this perhaps was unsuitable behavior for adults over the age of 19. But these women are me. I am them. We are old. Kookookachoo.
It was cool to be a part of history, one that my kids appreciate, even though it is ancient history to them. This may be the last concert we ever attend together.
Our Teenage Daughter is the age where going to a concert with her mom is about as appealing as…well, as going to a concert with her dad.
It happened so … Continue reading..
March 2, 2015
TACT/The Actors Company Theatre (Scott Alan Evans and Jenn Thompson, Co-Artistic Directors), the critically-acclaimed and Drama Desk nominated Off-Broadway company that “reveals, reclaims and reimagines great plays of literary merit,” is presenting Abundance, the 1990 play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Beth Henley (Crimes of the Heart).
An epic tale of friendship, spanning 25 years, set against the backdrop of the sweeping American West, Abundance is directed by Ms. Thompson, who directed last season’s production of William Inge’s Natural Affection.
The cast includes TACT Company Members Kelly McAndrew (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof – B’way), Tracy Middendorf (Ah, Wilderness! – LCT), Jeff Talbott (Sly Fox – B’way) and Guest Artists Todd Lawson (Summer and Smoke – B’way), and Ted Koch (The Pillowman – B’way).
In Abundance, the tall tale of shy, scared Bess (Tracy Middendorf) and full of life and ambition Macon (Kelly McAndrew), two mail-order brides, are lured to the plains of Wyoming by the promise of new beginnings. They connect immediately and together embark on the adventure as two Mrs. except that Bess gets jolting news when she learns the man she was to marry has died (choking on cornbread while riding bareback on a horse….just one example … Continue reading..
February 28, 2015
The NY premiere of Joel Drake Johnson’s Rasheeda Speaking is playing a limited Off-Broadway engagement at The New Group, January 27 – March 22. Directed by actress Cynthia Nixon, in her impressive directorial debut, the polished production features a cast of real pros — Patricia Conolly (Rose), Darren Goldstein (Dr. Williams), Tonya Pinkins (Jaclyn) and Dianne Wiest (Ileen).
Despite their differences, Ileen and Jaclyn have developed what appears to be a genuine bond, at least in the workplace, as they toil away at the front desk of Dr. Williams’ medical office. When the doctor decides to fire Jaclyn, he enlists a highly resistant Ileen to help him find fault and document any missteps in a notebook, so she may be let go without legal racial backlash.
When we first meet Jacklyn, she makes a grand entrance after having been out for five days on sick leave. Almost immediately, we see that her tongue is nearly as toxic as the fumes she claims are in the office that continually make her sneeze and not feel well. She brings in a crystal and fan to place on her desk to absorb fumes and rays from her computer. She’s also a huge fan … Continue reading..
February 27, 2015
The 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..
February 26, 2015
The 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..
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..
February 26, 2015
The 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..
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..