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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6 Reasons Jewelry is a Great Way to Celebrate Motherhood


Wednesday
December 4, 2019

 

 

Mothers are an epitome of unconditional and selfless love. Every day of their lives, they dedicate time, effort, and resources to taking care of their children. Some who began their journey later in life may feel they have that much more to be grateful for because their road to parenthood might have been a challenging one.

A piece of jewelry can be a meaningful way to celebrate this beautiful journey. Mothers do not have to wait for a special occasion or for somebody to give it to them. Now is the time for mothers to choose to reward themselves for all that they do.

Jewelry may be more expensive than the usual things mothers buy for themselves, but it is worth the investment because of the following:

  1. Jewelry is Timeless

Trends come and go. Clothes go out of fashion, but the charm of jewelry transcends time.  In every season of her life, a trusted piece will be her ally as the years go by.

  1. Jewelry is Customizable

What better way to express oneself than through customizable jewelry? A mother may have her birthstone set on a ring. Further, she may ask the jeweler to add birthstones of her … Continue reading..



Other Than We: Show Review by Jo Mispel


Monday
December 2, 2019

‘Other Than We’ is a very satisfying cli-fi (Climate-fiction) experience. It is a playful but powerful meditation on some of the more urgent philosophical questions we need to ask as we approach ecological catastrophe. Not just how did we as a species bring this crisis upon our biosphere, our home, but how indeed do we move forward and birth new ways of being that will adapt and recognize our deep interconnectedness.

Written and Directed by Karen Malpede, and performed by the Theater Three Collaborative, she co-founded 33 years ago, ‘Other Than we’ is set in a future a few years after a singularly catastrophic event called ‘The Deluge’. Karen, who has long advocated for ‘a unique theater of witness, eco-feminist aesthetic’, uses this backdrop of scarcity and uncertainty, violence and surveillance, to weave together an essay on consciousness, language, evolution, life, and death. How does life evolve and have meaning in this uncertain future?

Our four characters live a minimalist but gritty existence inside ‘The Dome’, a hermetically sealed space for the privileged few. Outside is a dangerously hot, radiated, denuded, unknown. Donald Eastman’s set design evokes just enough sci-fi grunginess simply using movable platforms of scaffolding. Lacking in warmth … Continue reading..



HOOKED ON HAPPINESS: Show Review by Jo Mispel


Thursday
November 21, 2019

THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY (TNC) is an amazing East Village cultural center that has been running since 1971 and has won 43 Obies and a Pulitzer Prize. It is a wonderful Off-Off-Broadway space, publicly funded and forever giving back to the community with a variety of educational programs. One feels immersed in the historical narrative of downtown creativity once inside the huge, four theater, building.

TNC produces a prolific amount of new plays each year, many from new and emerging playwrights, and usually with a political lens. I visited this eclectic theater last Friday to see Tom Attea’s new musical “Hooked on Happiness”. This was not Tom’s first play however, in fact, he has had a long connection with TNC having had 14 shows performed there.

“Hooked on Happiness” promotes itself as “The Musical for a cooler planet’ and is about a group of high schoolers who, with the support of their drama teacher, want to put on a play about the climate crisis. A provocative subject choice as most come from conservative and evangelical families who are staunch denialists. This premise interested me greatly, and I was eager to witness what might come of this clash.

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SLAVA’S SNOWSHOW: Broadway Review by Hanna Singer


Thursday
November 21, 2019

Your perception of clowns and mimes will change after seeing this show!

I had the opportunity to take my daughter to the opening night of  SLAVA’S SNOWSHOW on November 13th at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on Broadway. All I knew about it, was that it had clowns and mimes. I have to admit, I had not been the biggest fan of either mimes or clowns until now. But I thought, well, perhaps my daughter may like it, and an opening night event should be fun.

During most of the show I sat in awe. I often smiled hugely, and was thrilled by the uniqueness of it all. It was often unbelievably clever and funny and a few times moving, when I teared up.

I tried to figure out the story. Actually there were many short stories. It seemed to me that it was a combination of a dreamlike state and somehow symbolic of moments in life itself. I think it can be looked at on many levels, and all of them enjoyable.

When we first entered, after watching some possible celebrity photos being taken outside, we got into our seats. We noticed all over the floor there were small … Continue reading..



FORBIDDEN BROADWAY: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman


Monday
November 11, 2019

If you are a theatre fan, run, don’t walk, to Gerard Alessandrini’s FORBIDDEN BROADWAY that has returned to New York after a five-year hiatus.  Ardent fans know what they are in for….but if you have yet to experience, now’s your chance to take in this all new 90 minute production.

The show pays both loving and snarky homage to Broadway, as it brilliantly spoofs shows, stars, and in this case, touches on film/television as well, and it is a hoot from start to finish.

The nimble, hugely talented and versatile players are Imanuel Houston (debut) Aline Mayagoitia (starring regional roles in Evita, Kinky Boots, In The Heights) Chris Collins-Pisano (Elf, Friends, The Musical), Jenny Lee Stern (Rocky, A Christmas Story, Jersey Boys) and 13 year old standout Joshua Turchin (A Christmas Story, The Pill), with Fred Barton on Piano.

Shows parodied include Hadestown, Moulin Rouge, this season’s Oklahoma! revival, The Ferryman, Tootsie, Beetlejuice, Frozen, the Yiddish Fiddler on the Roof, Dear Evan Hansen, and such Broadway stars as Billy Porter, Jeremy Pope, Jennifer Holliday, Karen Olivio, Alex Brightman, Bette Midler, Andre de Shields, Bernadette Peters and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Many stellar numbers….one … Continue reading..



FEAR: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman


Wednesday
November 6, 2019

Testosterone and tempers fly amongst a plumber, college professor, and frightened 15 year old, who we meet in a rickety shed as they (almost literally) bat around the disturbing disappearance of a neighborhood eight year old girl at a lakefront.

When a character enters in a chokehold, you know you are in for a rough ride.

Ethan, an ivy league professor who teaches comparative literature, gets into an intense verbal spat with plumber Phil when he stumbles on him in the shed with Jamie who he is forcefully holding against his will tied to a chair.  Phil is certain Jamie is troubled and is to blame for the missing girl, given that that he was the last to see her, and that there was a recent incident where a cat was deliberately set aflame because it was killing birds.  We don’t know whether to believe that Jamie is capable of serious wrongdoing or whether he is just a victim of Phil who seems to have his own emotional demons.  What justifies tough guy Phil to attempt to take matters into his own vigilante hands, we never quite understand.

Ethan tries diplomatically to convince Phil that they should contact the police … Continue reading..



The Hope Hypothesis: Show Review by Jo Mispel


Monday
November 4, 2019

As soon as one sits down and sees the dull, gray bureaucratic office space that is the stage set for The Voyage Theater Company’s new play The Hope Hypothesis, it is hard not to start preempting a story about the dehumanizing realities that biased policies can engender. We already know that this new show, written and directed by Cat Miller, has been billed a dark comedy about this country’s immigration policies, so we expect a somewhat Kafkaesque take on the absurd and defensive systems that cause heartbreak for so many.

Amena, played with brimming sincerity by Soraya Broukhim, is an immigrant from Syria, and currently a Law student here in the United States of America. She is simply trying to attend to the mundane task of updating her paperwork at the glassed window booth of the DMV (though I do not think the fact that it was DMV was made entirely clear at first, perhaps deliberately). The humorless staff member on the other side of the bulletproof glass is all too familiar, a pen-pushing stickler for rules with no time for nuance, or compassion. We can all relate to such frustrating experiences and instantly enjoy actively disliking the teller, … Continue reading..



Big Apple Circus: Review by Jo Mispel


Friday
November 1, 2019

Last Sunday, my little ones and I raced through the drizzle towards the Big Apple Circus. Their large red tent sits tucked beside Lincoln Center on the Upper West Side. We were excited to see their show again after having the good fortune of enjoying it immensely a few years back.

There is just something about a circus. The smell of popcorn and horse hay, the intimacy of a tent, and the pulse of a big brass band. But what thrills me the most is the incredible physicality of the acrobats. It was life-affirming to witness, in-person, the amazing feats the human body can achieve. When you see the action up close, you can see the sweat and hear the grunts. No mediating screens or special effects necessary. These are the types of experiences our kids tend to have less and less of these days; especially in our big city. The Big Apple Circus, New York’s own since 1977, delivers all these experiences and more.

This year’s ringleader is a Brooklyn woman names Storm Marrero who was not only fun and inviting but had a wonderful booming voice that she occasionally used to burst into song. We also had the … Continue reading..