Blog for Later in Life Moms Over 35


Our group for later in life moms features mothers 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 and others write 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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THE MIKADO: Show Review by Hannah Singer


Tuesday
December 31, 2019

When my daughter was 4, she was glued to the tv where an opera was being shown. I was floored! I have been meaning to take her to an opera since then. Luckily now that she is a tween, I had the opportunity to do just that. And it did not disappoint.

I had not been familiar with The Mikado and am not a follower of all that is Gilbert & Sullivan as many people in NYC are.  But this production has changed me. I am now a fan of both! Well, I am also now a fan of the NY Gilbert & Sullivan Players.

This is NYGASP’s 45th year. The Mikado is an operetta in two acts which premiered in London in 1885. Libretto was written by William S. Gilbert and the music by Arthur Sullivan.

We arrived at The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College on December 28 at 12:45pm in order to participate in the “Family Overture”, a musical intro and summary explained and made interesting for all ages and free for ticket holders. It looked like four generations of people were there spanning perhaps 80 years.

We sat right in front, and there was a man … Continue reading..



A CHRISTMAS CAROL, OY! HANUKKAH, MERRY KWANZAA: Show Review by Hannah Singer


Tuesday
December 31, 2019

This time of year always goes too fast for me, so I have been a bit of a Scrooge, thinking Bah Humbug. Then I was offered these tickets to a show I thought was for kids. So I took my kid, but to my astonishment, the show worked on so many levels that we both were captivated by it.

On December 21, we entered The Theatre for the New City and headed downstairs into a small dark, atmospheric theatre. Along the left side hung rows of puppets in varying sizes (Czech puppetry dates back to the 17th century). Onstage was an eclectic assortment of stuff, found objects, toys, Christmas lights and more puppets. There were also two tiny theatres with curtains and all. One was Scrooge’s bedroom and the other housed various hand painted backdrops where the rest of the Dickens story took place.  Michelle Beshaw did an outstanding job in set and costume design. As did Federico Restrepo in lighting design which added to the mood.

The show, presented by the Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre, is the classic Dickens tale, “A Christmas Carol”, but adapted in a most unique and clever way. The Christmas Carol is the story within … Continue reading..



The Amazing Max: Show Review by Alyson Treglia


Monday
December 30, 2019

The Amazing Max is a one man performance starring Max Darwin and produced by Christine Cox.

It is an interactive magical show for the whole family (recommended age 3 and up).  Prior to the show, premium ticket holders can engage in the VIP Magic Lounge and experience how to learn about magic as they sit on the stage.  They are given a lesson using a magic plastic ball and vase. Kids are taught how to do a magic trick that they can take home and perform on their own.

Every child should see The Amazing Max at least once. Many children have the opportunity to go on stage and be part of the performance with Max, which was a a special bonus for the kids.  Each child on stage is presented with a magic wand they get to keep.

Max is engaging, witty and smart as he fights with swords battling a large taco, makes a ring disappear and then appear and even fries/burns a young boys sneaker. My son’s favorite part was when The Amazing Max miraculously made it snow indoors. The crowd was amazed, entertained and awestruck.  Max leaves you wanting more.

Following each performance, Max is kind … Continue reading..



No Zany in Tall by Pamela Francis


Saturday
December 21, 2019

I am short. Five three, to be somewhat exact. I’ve come to grips with it, though; even seeing the good in it — its “perks”, as it were. I never bump my head on anything really… I’m always the one finding money on the ground… Nobody expects terribly much of me in the way of heroics… Stuff like that. Sure I wonder from time to time if it was the coffee I’ve been drinking all my life that did it. Coffee stunts your growth, I’ve heard tell. And I have been drinking the joe pretty steadily since my first cup, given to me in 5th grade by my math teacher… Ms. Atacador. Of the Philippines. She loved me. “I can’t wait to see you in ten years,” she always gushed with a wistful, anticipatory pride… Yeah, Ms. Atacador ushered me in to Teacher’s Pet-dom by openly giving me the remainder of her styrofoam cup one fateful winter’s day back in 1978.  And there in front of everyone at Immaculate Conception School, I became… a coffee drinker.  At 10 years old.  So, yes, I’m short.  But it’s okay because although I cannot get away with anything pertaining to discounted rides or … Continue reading..



ROCK OF AGES: Show Review by Dana Klosner


Friday
December 20, 2019

As soon as I walked into the theater for Rock of Ages at New World Stages in Hell’s Kitchen, I was transported back to the Sunset Strip in 1980s Hollywood where I spent my 20s pursuing my LA dream of becoming a writer. The strip was a place for dreamers, and that’s what the show is all about.

The theater’s walls are adorned with the signs and billboards that littered the LA streets at a time when the culture was all about Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll.  The audience sits nestled between the “Live Nudes” sign that was the first thing you’d see when leaving the Los Angeles Airport and the marquee for the famous “Whiskey A Go Go” which “The Bourbon Room,” the show’s club, is modeled after. Perhaps the greatest detail was the “Angeline” billboard. Angeline has big 80s blond hair to go with her other big body parts.  She’s scantily clad in a red bikini. She wasn’t famous, but the billboard, with her management’s phone number on the bottom, was an icon.

The set hails back to all the clubs of LA – Where I used to go see my friends’ bands play. All the guys … Continue reading..



With a Little Help….It’s John Belushi – Show Review by Hanna Singer


Thursday
December 19, 2019

“I owe it all to little chocolate donuts.” – John Adam Belushi

Born: January 24, 1949, Chicago, Illinois

Died: March 5, 1982, Chateau Marmont, Los Angeles, CA, Age 33

 

We all know John Belushi from his appearances on Saturday Night Live in the 70s (now showing on Netflix) as well as a few very funny movies like “Animal House” and “Neighbors” and others. He was a live wire. That’s what made him so funny.  You didn’t know what he would say or do…and those eyebrows! His face conveyed it all. He was real, and he took no BS, onstage and off.

I had the opportunity to see “With A Little Help…It’s John Belushi” on opening night, December 5th at the historic Theatre 80. The theatre is located in the heart of what was the famous St. Marks Place which, years ago, was a hangout for punks (as in punk music), with lots of high spikey hair seen. Today it is filled with Japanese restaurants and a few Japanese shops mostly. Theatre 80, beginning during Prohibition, was a jazz club where jazz greats performed. Then it became a movie theatre showing film revivals, before it began presenting plays.

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“Cirque Mechanics’ 42 ft: A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels”: Review by Andrea Santo Felcone


Wednesday
December 11, 2019

If you are looking for family-fun entertainment this holiday season, and want to see something a little different, very likely to please everyone across all ages, look no further. My family and I enjoyed a wonderful experience this past weekend, and I can’t wait to share it with you. We sat in awe of a new circus theater show: “Cirque Mechanics’ 42 Ft: A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels” at The New Victory Theater (209 W. 42nd Street, NYC).

If you enjoyed watching the marvels that used to be Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, fear not, as this is a fun way to relive fond childhood memories and introduce children to days-gone-by. However, if you soured on circuses a long time ago, (creepy clowns, right?), then this circus is unique in that it almost reminds one of an acoustic version of a circus. What I mean by that is, this show boils down the best of the circus. It features all the glorious parts (the acrobats, jugglers, fabulous costumes, pageantry, humor) and shows the beauty and artistry of the circus (no garish, creepy clowns here). This is not your childhood circus, even if you enjoyed them as a … Continue reading..



The Giant Hoax: Show Review by Alyson Treglia


Monday
December 9, 2019

The Giant Hoax is a musical for ages 6 and up, set in 1869 based on the true (?) events of the prehistoric petrified Cardiff Giant, a young farm girl, Emily, and Stub, the owner of the Giant.  The opening of the play sets place outside the carnival tent where Stub was charging 50 cents for tickets to get a viewing of the mysterious giant.  Various people flock from the aisles and line up to purchase their tickets for a viewing of this Giant. Emily arrives as a vivacious, curious girl with a large imagination.  She has run away from home looking for excitement, adventure and a job working for Stub so that she could view and then befriend her imaginary friend the Giant. Stub questions Emily about all she knows about the Giant. She shows how smart, knowledgeable and curious she is to see it with her own eyes.  She is offered a job after lying to Stub and her friends from school about her mother knowing her whereabouts, and she then sleeps in the tent with the Giant, only to discovery her imagination gets the best of her. The Giant is alive and can talk, dance, play cards … Continue reading..