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.

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Mom Theatre Blogger: What We’re Up Against: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman


Friday
November 10, 2017

(Photo by: Joan Marcus)

Sadly, the topic of women feeling compromised in the workplace has not grown old, and through written in 1992, What We’re Up Against by Theresa Rebeck packs as much a sexism punch even today.

What We’re Up Against premiered nearly 20 years later at the Magic Theater in San Francisco, and this production marks the play’s Off-Broadway debut.

Directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt, the show features a likeable, accomplished and feisty cast including Marg Helgenberger, Damian Young, Skylar Astin, Jim Parrack and Krysta Rodriguez.

Eliza (Rodriguez) is the new gal on the totem pole in a small architecture firm where she is relegated to an office the size of a broom closet, despite her talents. Struggling to be given opportunities to prove her worth, she is angry and covers up her anguished frustrated cries, and ultimately goes to  scheming lengths to score political office points with the male powers that be.  Janice (Helgenberger), the other female at the firm, proves no source of support to her, having thrown in her own professional towel years ago in an effort to play nice with the foul-mouthed, liquor-swigging boys, to keep her career in their good graces.

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CONQUEST OF THE UNIVERSE OR WHEN QUEENS COLLIDE: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman


Wednesday
November 8, 2017

(photo credit: Theo Cote )

CONQUEST OF THE UNIVERSE OR WHEN QUEENS COLLIDE – which marked the birth of the The Ridiculous Theatrical Company (RTC), co-founded by the late groundbreaking playwright and performer Charles Ludlam in 1967 – has returned on the occasion of the play and the company’s 50th anniversary with a production, starring and directed by Everett Quinton, a long-standing member of RTC who assumed leadership as Artistic Director when Mr. Ludlam died 30 years ago in 1987.

The show, originally performed in 1987, packed with their signature bawdy humor and pop cultural references, is inspired by Marlowe’s Tamburlaine the Great. It’s a futuristic tale of war across the universe. Tamburlaine, President of Earth, proceeds from planet to planet, capturing and enslaving Bajazeth and Zabina-King and Queen of Mars-Venus, and Natolia, Queen of Saturn, among others. Cosroe-a Martian prince and twin brother of Zabina-leads the rebel forces against Tamberlaine in Ludlam’s mind-bending experimental classic.

While I found myself losing track at times of the plot, I marveled at the command of the performances from both the newbies and veteran RTC actors. The hard-working (and often hard cast — at least the men) includes: Everett Quinton, Géraldine … Continue reading..



Big Apple Circus Delivers! One Class Act! Review by Antonia Kasper-Hinman


Monday
November 6, 2017

My husband and I took our daughter (age 8) to The Big Apple Circus celebrating their 40th Anniversary Season at Lincoln Center.  All I can say is “Wow!” This circus is unbelievably entertaining, polished, and sophisticated….more like an exquisite Broadway Show. (director Mark Lonergan  and choreographer, associate director Antoinette DiPietropolo)

Immediately upon walking into the covered and contained entrance, I noted the striking ambience– clean, classy and classic. The pathway leading towards the single ring was a royal blue carpet which somehow soothed us, as if we were flowing along a calming river. There was a velvet-roped photo area similar to the red carpet affairs with large gold letters reading BIG APPLE CIRCUS on the wall behind us.  We asked someone nearby to take our photo.  Within the first five minutes of entering Big Apple Circus, we all knew we were in for a treat!

We continued our short walk until the blue pathway opened up into a pond-shaped area dotted with concession stands. I was even impressed how sophisticated the various vendor stands were decorated, nuancing an art deco 1920’s-40’s era, which also somehow created a timeless spirit. (Scenic Designer Anita La Scala and Rob Bissinger)

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The Meatpacking District’s Harvest Fest by Andrea Santo Felcone


Thursday
November 2, 2017

This past Saturday the weather was absolutely perfect to explore the Meatpacking District’s 5th annual, Harvest Fest. Fall had outdone herself; it was a crisp, colorful, clear day. A dear friend met me at New York’s Penn Station for the trip over to the Meatpacking District. She’s a New Yorker through and through, so I let her lead the way, and when she asked if I wanted to walk or ride the subway, I chose the walk. She’s the kind of friend, who you can get lost in conversation with, and soon enough we found ourselves in the Meatpacking District, (at Hudson River Park’s 14th Street Park), in front of a gorgeous archway that leads you into Harvest Fest. HarvestFestArchway

I liked the size of the event; it didn’t overwhelm, as many Fall festivals do. (Sometimes a girl just wants a caramel apple, a hay bale, and some nice music, and not all the insanity of some of the Fall festivals you have today.) I would say it was the perfect size for families, especially those with small children. There were booths set-up in a circle around a grassy area where various activities were held. We watched some children enjoying Continue reading..



IN & OF ITSELF: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman


Monday
October 30, 2017

IN & OF ITSELF, the spellbinding, introspective show created and performed by three-time Academy of Magical Arts Award winner Derek DelGaudio and directed by four-time Emmy Award winner Frank Oz , recently announced a third extension (through May 6th) to the show’s New York Premiere….and it’s no great surprise.

To say that DelGaudio is a triple threat somehow seems an understatement.  His solo performance is stirring and compelling on various levels, and his skill is not limited to magic.  He is a more than able storyteller and mind reader and has an ability to engage earnestly with the audience in a way that is both deeply personal and mind-boggling. He shares a range of emotion (including tears), and we are continuously pulled in through his ongoing reveals.  At one moment, as he waltzed through the audience, he stopped by my friend sitting on the aisle, and there appeared to be an eerily silent, yet knowing connection between them shared through a smile.

On the magic end….his card trick grew a bit wearisome, though ultimately impresses.  He also makes a symbolic gold brick disappear, presents an audience member with a personal letter from a family member, delivers a grim monologue … Continue reading..



Escape the Ordinary – Mystery Room NYC: Review by Jamie Levine


Monday
October 30, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you love puzzles or strategy games? Are you looking for an entertaining way to release some stress? Or simply a fun and exciting outing with friends or family? Or maybe you’re seeking a new way to celebrate a birthday or special occasion. Mystery Room NYC is the answer. This innovative venue taps into one’s desire for social and physical interaction while also providing intellectual stimulation and a bit of a thrill.

Last Friday, I was joined by my 10-year-old daughter and our friends (both a 9- and 13-year old girl, a 10-year-old boy, his mother, and my boyfriend) as we were challenged to escape from Chapter 4: Forgotten Library, one of the 4 escape rooms featured in the 2 locations of Mystery Room NYC. Before we began, we were greeted by Lydia Lilli, the PR/marketing director of this venue, who explained the background of this small escape room company that is taking the city by storm. Lydia highlighted the unique fact that Mystery Room NYC was designed by a high school biology teacher, who brings his relevant knowledge and teaching experience to this venture. … Continue reading..



Mental Health Issues are in Crisis Situation for Teens/Young Adults by Sharon O’Donnell


Sunday
October 29, 2017

Anyone who has read my blog, sporadic as it has become, over the many years I’ve been writing for motherhoodlater know that my middle son, now 23, has struggled since high school with severe anxiety. It’s gotten much better since 2010 and he’s thriving in grad school now, but there are still some bumps along the road. In working with my son, I became alarmed at how many teens and young adults struggle with severe anxiety and depression and the continued rise in such cases; such cases also contribute to the suicide rate in this age group.

I came across something that was written by a parent whose 14-year-old son recently completed suicide. It’s heartbreaking but eye-opening and soul-touching. I want to share it with you below.

I’ve become active in mental health support in my community and my church in the past several years. The biggest takeaways so far from support groups are 1. we have to take away the stigma of mental health illnesses  2. parents still need to be involved in their child’s mental health care even thought the law says that child is over 18 (mental health conditions sometimes make it imperative that the parent is … Continue reading..



A Fun Family Visit to the Guggenheim Museum by Andrea Santo Felcone


Thursday
October 19, 2017

We sometimes encounter difficulty finding family activities both my sons will enjoy—considering the gap in their ages (7 and 14 years old). When I come across something that sounds like it will interest both boys, I’m thrilled. When I find something that will interest, delight, and educate, I’m ecstatic. This past Sunday offered the opportunity for all three (and toss in culture as well) as we planned to spend the day at New York City’s Guggenheim museum.

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Photo Credit: David Heald, (c) The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, N.Y.

This past Sunday was “Drawing the Guggenheim”–an event that had museum-goers exploring and sketching the building’s iconic architecture through a variety of public programs, tours, and workshops. The event was a collaboration of the Solomon R. Guggenheim museum and its sister museums: the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (Spain) and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection (Venice).   

We had registered ahead for the “Family Architecture Tour” which was part of the Guggenheim’s Sunday Family Tours series. Every second Sunday, each month, the Guggenheim offers family-friendly, interactive tours. Tours are organized around a single theme and explore the permanent collection as well as special exhibitions. Our tour focused on the architecture of the museum itself.

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