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: Bright Colors and Bold Patterns: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman

December 20, 2017


(photo credit: Russ Rowland)

Weddings drudge up a host of emotions.  And, many singles have had the experience of being invited to a friend’s nuptials, only to feel like the odd unattached person out.  That’s never easy.

Enter Drew Droege who takes us on a laugh-ridden, yet bittersweet roller coaster ride of clever pop cultural references and emotion in his tour de force performance in Bright Colors and Bold Patterns, an 80 minute one man show that he also penned.

It’s the eve before the wedding of Josh and Brennan in Palm Springs. Gerry (Droege) arrives, frenetically chatting up a storm, drinking and snorting coke, as he unleashes his often hysterical judgements and observations on love, life and more. The wedding invitation says “Please refrain from wearing bright colors or bold patterns”…and this sends him into a manic tirade as he feels the request lacks gay fashion sensitivity and suggests boring beige.

Bright Colors And Bold Patterns features fanciful set design by Dara Wishingrad.  Complete with rattan chairs and tropical potted plants, it had me craving a poolside margarita and sunbathing opportunity, but I would not have been able to withstand the company of barb-slinging partier Gerry for too … Continue reading..

Jason Bishop – Master of Illusion: Show Review by Antonia Kasper

December 15, 2017

Levitating Lady.  Light show. Disappearing and Reappearing Dog.  Money showers. Glowing floating “orb”.  Cool music. And of course, some good old fashion sleight of hand magic fun.

That’s what my daughter (almost 9) and I thought of when we experienced Jason Bishop’s show Believe in Magic: playing at the The New Victory Theater now through December 30th.

This World Premiere Tour launch is only Bishop’s second time at The New Vic (His other show  Straight Up Magic played last year and was the first magic show ever performed at The New Victory). Back by popular demand, Bishop, the internationally-touring magician, returns with new, jaw-dropping tricks designed especially for the holiday season.

The show opens with suspenseful lights and music. With consultation from Broadway’s famed illusion designer Jim Steinmeyer (Pippin, Into the Woods, Disney’s Aladdin and Mary Poppins), Bishop magically appears through smoke and mirrors. This ain’t your grandma’s magic or magician.  This magician is young and hip: timely hair style; dressed down in a leather jacket and jeans.

The modern and compelling show varies in acts: from classic sleight of hand (set to pop/rock music) to Bishop’s assistant, Kim Hess, (and later himself too) levitating high above … Continue reading..

Peter & The Wolf – Isaac Mizrahi’s Fresh Take on a Classic Piece: Show Review by Antonia Kasper

December 14, 2017

Isaac Mizrahi

What do Sergei Prokofiev and Isaac Mizrahi have in common?  Both are credited with the recent 30-minute  production of Peter and the Wolf at the Peter B. Lewis Theater, part of the Guggenheim Works & Process Series.

Sergei Prokofiev’s (Composer) 1936 classic lighthearted piece, which introduced the instruments and sounds of the orchestra for children, was just directed by Isaac Mizrahi in early December.  Mizrahi gave the audience a special treat by also narrating the piece.

My daughter (9) and I followed the spiraled sidewalk below ground level of the Guggenheim and into the intimate Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Peter B. Lewis Theater.  There we entered into an ethereal atmosphere of musical fable and theatrical whimsy.

Mizrahi introduced each character in the story that is represented by an instrument.  Peter-strings: Duck – oboe: Hunter- timpani: Bird –flute: Grandfather-bassoon: Cat-clarinet and Wolf-French horn.  With Brad Lubman leading the way as the conductor.  This simple tale tells how Peter, against his grandfather’s will, ventures into a meadow and captures the wolf with the help of a bird, freeing the city of intimidation, while letting the hunter take the wolf to the zoo.

Peter’s (Macy Sullivan’s) boyish playful skips and poises coupled … Continue reading..

The DiMenna Children’s History Museum by Andrea Santo Felcone

December 13, 2017

Saturday, December 9th, 2017, was a day of firsts. The first snowfall of the season—beautiful. The first time our family visited the DiMenna Children’s History Museum at The New-York Historical Society in New York City—also beautiful. And, our first brush with “SantaCon.” “SantaCon” is not a convention of mall “Santas” meeting to exchange tips, but an annual pub crawl of boisterous folks dressed in Santa suits. (Not really the setting for the wholesome family trip I’d planned.) We had counted 27 and a ¼ “Santas” (the “quarter” as my youngest son was wearing a Santa hat) by the time we arrived at our destination. Thankfully, the New-York Historical Society, elegant against a backdrop of gorgeous brownstones, was full of holiday cheer–minus the crazed revelers.

As we approached the New-York Historical Society entrance, I was reminded once again of just how stunning New York City can be, as this gem of a museum is located at 170 Central Park West at 77th Street. Upon entering, we were drawn to the Holiday Express exhibit, featuring hundreds of toy trains, figurines, and miniature models from the renowned Jerni Collection. The experience is immersive—trains travel on tracks near the ceiling above … Continue reading..

20th CENTURY BLUES: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman

December 4, 2017


(photo credit: Carol Rosegg)

Danny (Polly Draper) is an accomplished, fit and stylish photographer who has been chronicling the lives of her three BFFs over the decades, and now wants to bare all, so to speak, in a prestigious public exhibition of her work at The Museum of Modern Art. She is also an adoptive mom, coping with her own senior moms beginning dementia, so her plate is full.  But, there is strength and fierceness in women power, and Danny’s supportive postmenopausal crew are gathered in her NYC apartment, as they have for the past 40 years, for yet another photo opp over a secret recipe french toast.

This visit, however, takes on a different tone. When Danny asks each to sign a waiver agreeing to the use of their photos she has shot to date, it conjures up a host of raw feelings, running the gamut from warm ‘n reminiscent to shock and discomfort.

Divorcee Sil (Ellen Parker) balks the loudest, as she carefully engineers her image (which she aims to potentially reinvigorate via plastic surgery) as a hard-working real estate broker competing with younger reps in a cutthroat professional arena.

Rounding out the 60-something foursome are Mac … Continue reading..

Random thoughts I’ve had but just couldn’t turn it into a blogpost. Until now. by Pamela Francis

November 28, 2017

I’m always wanting to post. I come onto the site, and I troll around, reading Andrea Felcone…, checking out the guest blogger…, taking in Robin’s show-going and galavanting : ) …and I think to myself… I don’t really have anything to say. I have to be careful with that, though, because I recall how I unceremoniously left my career as a screenwriter after seeing The Matrix (the 1st one) and walking away from that viewing thinking I don’t have anything to say that is as compelling and creative as what the Wachowski brothers (fun fact: now brother and “sister”) said — not to mention the Way they said it.

Having “nothing to say” is no reason to not write, however.  And not being able to scrape together a cohesive post with clearly defined opening, meat, and conclusion is no reason to, either.  I can just bullet-and-blurb my way through some of the random topics my thoughts land on and flit away from every day.

Like so (as my grandmother used to say).

Bullet: How I know my meditation practice is actually working

Blurb: I used to think that if you don’t sit through the entire length of the meditation session … Continue reading..

How One Mom Stopped People-Pleasing and Got Her Life Back by Susan Newman, PhD

November 27, 2017

My favorite day of the year is the day we switch from Daylight Savings Time to Standard Time. The clock goes back, giving me a precious extra hour. I always seem to need more time.

As an older mother, I had more obligations and more job responsibility as many women do who juggle raising children, caring for older parents and managing the routine day-to-day tasks. It can feel as if everyone wants or needs you for some reason or another. I don’t recall being in such demand in my 20s.

One of the traps is, like most of us, I think I can do more than I can. This often leads to helping others solve their problems on top of my own. I don’t want to disappoint my children, wanted to meet my parents’ needs as they aged, give a top performance at work, and be available for the committee or organization asking for assistance. I agreed to whatever was asked of me; I didn’t want others to think I was selfish and uncaring—something that rarely happens when you turn someone down. But, there are only a certain number of hours in a day, and something had to give.

I … Continue reading..

A Thanksgiving Cautionary Tale by Andrea Santo Felcone

November 22, 2017

I’m really hoping history is not about to repeat itself. But, I’m going to buy a couple extra sticks of butter—the fanciest kind I can find, as a safeguard. After all, if history does repeat itself, today’s the day it’s going to happen.Butter

You see, many years ago (it doesn’t matter exactly how many to keep this story interesting), I was a second grader. (Or third?) I don’t really remember which grade it was, but let’s just make it second (since I have a second grader now). (Symmetry is nice in a story.) Anyway, I was a second grader, and I guess you could say I had a slight overachiever problem. Well, it didn’t seem like a problem at the time, as all my elementary school girlfriends were also ridiculous overachievers. It was right about this time of year, right before Thanksgiving. And someone, one of the second grade teachers in my school, I guess, decided it would be a great idea if we recreated the “Thanksgiving Feast of our Forefathers” and we replicated some of the food the Pilgrims ate. And wouldn’t it be a “kick” if the second graders themselves made these foods?

So, this teacher, or maybe … Continue reading..