June is the First Fall: Show Review by Debbie Gray Bloom


[caption id="attachment_28529" align="alignleft" width="300"] (photo by Maria Baranov)[/caption] Overheard in the Ladies’ Room at the New Ohio Theatre,"There are a lot of Asian people here." With almost no hesitation and a quick debate as to whether or not to mind my own business I told them, “Well you know the play ...

THE WHITE DEVIL: Show Review by Debby Gray Bloom


I attend every show prepared to do two things. First, suspend  my disbelief and two, totally enjoy the performance. Unfortunately, I was totally unprepared for The White Devil, produced by The Red Bull Theatre at the Lucille Lortel Theatre on Christopher Street. When a Playbill includes a full page insert with a synopsis ...

VILNA: Show Review by Rochelle Jewell Shapiro


Ira Fuchs must have been called by the voices of the dead to write his impassioned play, VILNA. In 1974, after college graduation, he wrote a few plays. One was put on at the YWHA on Eighth Avenue, the other at Playwright Horizons. Then he left the theater to become ...

ACTUALLY, WE’RE F**KED: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman


ACTUALLY, WE’RE F**KED, a new play by Matt Williams, is receiving its world-premiere production at Cherry Lane Theatre. From defecation to periods to circumcision to religion....the show opens with a steady stream of highly opinionated millennial banter as two 30-something couples gather to eat, drink...and not quite be merry.  The world ...

Mom Theatre Blogger: TRIP OF LOVE: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman


Laugh-In (the retro tv show) meets Las Vegas at TRIP OF LOVE, the fluffy, yet entertaining dance musical celebrating the biggest hits of the ‘60s, that aims to take you on a "trip," literally, at Stage 42. Created, directed and choreographed by James Walski, TRIP OF LOVE stars Joey Calveri (Broadway’s ...

MOM THEATRE BLOGGER: The Effect: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman


[caption id="attachment_22842" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photo by : Matthew Murphy[/caption] Is someone on a placebo?  And, if so, does that make their feelings more real than someone on a pharmaceutical? Boy meets girl over urine samples in this highly thought-provoking new work by Lucy Prebble, and while uncertain of the truth of their ...

Mom Theatre Blogger: What I Did Last Summer: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman


We are watching a play unfold as typed through the eyes of a 14 year old.  In this case, it's Charlie - representing Gurney -- and his stage direction and select lines slide across a screen.  It is a unique way to spin theatrical material, as if it's unfurling, and ...

Mom Theatre Blogger: GIGI: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman


The new Broadway production of Gigi, Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s beloved Oscar and Tony Award-winning musical comedy, opened April 8th at the Neil Simon Theatre (250 West 52nd Street).Gigi stars Vanessa Hudgens, who makes her admirable Broadway debut in the title role, Tony Award-winner Victoria Clark (The Light ...

THEATRE LOVER MOM: Sex with Strangers: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman


Second Stage Theatre’s production of  Lauran Eason's Play, SEX WITH STRANGERS, has been extended one week and will now play through Sunday, August 31st.  The production stars Emmy Award Winner Anna Gunn and Tony Award Nominee Billy Magnussen and is directed by David Schwimmer (Ross of Friends fame). This is a ...

THEATRE LOVER MOM: Drop Dead Perfect: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman


[caption id="attachment_18635" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photo credit: John Quilty[/caption] The Peccadillo Theater Company presents Penguin Rep’s production of DROP DEAD PERFECT, a new comedy starring the legendary Everett Quinton at the Theatre at St. Clements (423 W 46th St – between 9th and 10th Avenue). Written by Erasmus Fenn and directed by Joe ...