Blog for Moms Over 35

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Ruben & Clay’s First Annual Christmas Carol Family Fun Pageant Spectacular Reunion Show: Review by Robin Gorman Newman

December 21, 2018

Kicking off with a nod to Star Wars (scrolling type), followed by an homage to Broadway musicals and a battle of blingy blazers between Ruben and Clay, the tone was set for a warm ‘n witty two hour holiday show featuring the best bud duo of Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken.

Having met on “American Idol” and bonding for the last 15 years, Ruben and Clay both rib and support each other and exhibit an earnest rapport, as they make their way (at times awkwardly) through a host of comedic skits and running gags…some better than others.  But the real treat here is when they sing.

Ruben has a velvet tone and unassuming air.  Clay is more the belter showman who eggs Ruben on, but they balance each other.  Some of their duets are simply lovely, and they had many fans in the audience eagerly cheering them on.

Act 1 has the tone of a gag fest, replete with a “Laugh-In” style curtain with heads peeking out cracking jokes.  It grows a bit weary, and might have benefited from a dose of personal reveal.  Perhaps a bit of reminiscing about their American Idol days might have proved a welcome touch.… Continue reading..

“Tamar Broadbent: Best Life” Comedy, Review by Andrea Santo Felcone

December 11, 2018

As 2018 draws to a close, you may find yourself taking stock of your life, perhaps asking yourself the age-old question: “Are you living your best life”? This is the question haunting British comedian Tamar Broadbent, as she dives into the New York debut of her one-woman show at the Soho Playhouse. tamar broadbent best life

As you walk down into the small cabaret-style basement bar/theater (more bar than theater) which currently houses her one-woman NYC show, you may wonder what awaits you. The stage is as bare-bones as it gets, just a keyboard standing alone framed by a black background–no frills, no props. Once the show begins, however, you’ll realize this is as it should be. Ms. Broadbent needs very little other than her luminous personality to shine. She’s full-service, introducing herself from behind the curtain, then dazzling the audience with her brilliant stand-up monologues as well as her own comedic songs—which she sings as herself, and as her very own back-up singer. (The show alternates between stand-up monologue and musical comedy. The fact that she sings back-up for herself makes her all the more endearing.) Her talent for comedy and singing is apparent right from the beginning, creating an instant likeability that … Continue reading..

EMPATH: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman

December 10, 2018

After a sold-out run this April, Theaterlab brought back EMPATH, a one-man show about emotional superpowers, written by and starring David Sauvage, that just wrapped its brief return run this month.

The show follows its creator’s path from self-proclaimed “typical Jewish cynic” from LA through the discovery of his gift for experiencing the emotions of others, to becoming a performance-artist-intuitive.

In EMPATH, writer/performer David Sauvage chronicles his own spiritual coming-out as an empath – a person hypersensitive to the emotions of others to the point of experiencing them as his own.  Sauvage’s work is about bringing people back to the truth of who they really are.

“My philosophy is simple. I think there are no such things as ‘bad’ or ‘wrong’ emotions. They are all important and need to be felt – even negative ones, like grief and hatred. That’s the only way to work through them,” says Sauvage. “You can’t have empathy unless you appreciate people’s emotions. The average person doesn’t have much empathy because our culture prioritizes everything other than emotional well-being,” says Sauvage. “I want to us to value our inner lives as much as our outer ones. I want us to prioritize personal growth … Continue reading..

How Parents Make Teenage Behavior Worse, by Carl Pickhardt, Ph.D., author, Who Stole My Child? (Book Excerpt)

November 26, 2018

Most parents with teenagers are familiar with the things they “should” do with their emotionally sensitive (and sometimes abrasive) adolescents. They give them more space than they used to, allow them to have ample time with friends, and let them sleep in on weekends. But, while knowing what to do is important, so is knowing what not to do.

Who Stole My Child?

Carl Pickhardt, Ph.D.

When dealing with moody, backtalking, or otherwise difficult teens, it is tempting to react negatively, treating kind with kind. But, these reactions often backfire, making undesirable behavior worse.  So, to prevent this downward spiral, parents should try to avoid:

Taking unwelcome changes in teenagers personally. These changes are not about you. For example, your teenage son is not acting more forgetful just to frustrate you. The old management system that allowed him to keep track of things in childhood is no longer enough to cope with the increasing complexity of middle school. What he needs from you is patient help for learning how to keep his life together. Personal criticism at this insecure point will only hurt his feelings and detract attention from the task at hand. Coach don’t criticize.

Treating conflict as a contest. As teenagers … Continue reading..

NATURAL SHOCKS: Show Review by Jennie Yuen

November 23, 2018

We meet Angela, played by Pascale Armand, as she prepares to hunker down in her basement (set design by Lee Savage) as a tornado nears. She is an expert in the insurance industry and professes her love for probability. Angela gets very anxious as the storm approaches and reveals that she recently brought a gun for protection. She shares how her mother died of cancer and never liked her husband. She recalls how he was a very sweet man when they first met, but their relationship has taken a turn, and he has left the house given the news of the impending tornado. Natural Shocks

Directed deftly by May Adrales, Armand (Tony nominated for her role in Eclipsed) turns in a winning performance in this powerful one woman play. While Adrales commands our attention, the 75 minutes (no intermission) grows wearisome as she delivers what feels like a stream of consciousness monologue covering a host of topics ranging from her love of dice to her affair to a black walnut pound cake recipe her mom is famous for….all while reflecting on the unpredictability of life.

There is a big surprise reveal which I will not divulge here…suffice it to say that it … Continue reading..

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

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

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

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..