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.

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The Hope Hypothesis: Show Review by Jo Mispel

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

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..

When You Point a Finger…..By Cory Kahaney

November 1, 2019

I woke up this morning, and my first thoughts were about the heated discussion we had last night with our teenage son over a less than stellar report card. I was angry. I screamed. I accused him of squandering his time on Madden or watching YouTube videos when he could have been studying. When he blamed his learning, disability I attacked him for not advocating for himself and for not using all the resources we, and his school provide. Then his dad yelled at me for yelling. It was a lovely evening.

When I got out of bed and began straightening the apartment, a number of wadded up tissues were still on the table where last night’s tribunal had taken place. Tangible proof of my son’s tears in case I had any intention of letting myself off the hook. As I swept them into the garbage, I looked down at my hands and remembered these words: “when you point a finger at someone else, there are always three fingers pointing back at you.”

That proverb may not resonate if you saw it on a poster outside a tone deaf college advisors office or in a Wells Fargo breakroom, but when … Continue reading..

ALL HALLOWS EVE: Show Review by Alyson Treglia

October 29, 2019

My husband and I have always had a love for Halloween even prior to having our two kids. We plotted our costumes months before, whether purchasing them as a couple costume, or buying supplies to make elaborate costumes so we could march the NYC Village Halloween Parade. It was only fitting that we would love seeing All Hallows Eve – Horror Musical with Puppets, an adult puppet show with humor, horror, music, dancing and adventure.

This show is interactive and involves some audience participation and starts off by making you feel like you are part of the show. (There is seating provided in each room if needed, but be prepared to walk and wear comfortable attire).  Set in multiple rooms of the Connolly Theatre, audience members begin their journey by walking to twins Evan and Eve’s house, where they are decorating with their Mom and Dad.  This begins their adventure of getting lost trick or treating.  You will then travel to follow Evan and Eve on their dark path where they become lost. After vandalizing and toilet papering a home, Evan rings the doorbell and starts their nightmare on Halloween night.

The doorbell ringing awakes the Witch demons and her … Continue reading..

Monsoon Season: Show Review by Jo Mispel

October 29, 2019

Phoenix, Arizona, a dusty desert city with a sometimes spectacular Monsoon season. A season that brings moist tropical air to the dry desert, creating dramatic, and potentially dangerous, weather conditions.  Monsoon Season is also the provocative title of the new production of Lizzie Vieh’s award-winning play, directed by Kristin McCarthy Parker and currently playing a limited run at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in the West Village.

Monsoon Season just finished a month-long run at the world-renowned Edinburgh Festival. Playwright Lizzie Vieh, also from Phoenix, where the play is set, originally wrote the piece as a solo act but developed it further into the two-act, companion piece it now is as part of All For One Theater’s Solo Collective series. Her chosen title helps set the scene in which we  become the intimate witnesses to the unraveling of two recently separated individuals. The coming monsoon will bring a change in barometric pressure, but will relief or devastating flooding be the end result?

Promoted as a deranged romantic comedy, I came to this show ready for a laugh. I was eager to have a giggle, no doubt at the expense of two hapless characters. I did not, however, expect to be so emotionally … Continue reading..

The 31st Annual Festival of New Musicals by Robin Gorman Newman

October 26, 2019

This was my first experience attending the Festival of New Musicals, and both as a theatre producer and musicals enthusiast, it was a thrill to have the opportunity to see new musicals in the works and to hear from creative teams.  It takes a village to bring a show to fruition, and to see talents pursuing their passion and endeavoring to create new works of cultural art was a true treat and inspiration.

A total of 8 shows were represented at the bustling festival that took place on Thursday, October 24 and Friday, October 25, 2019 at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues).  Each presentation featured 45 minutes from the production, and The Songwriters Showcase featured very brief presentations from four stylistically varied musicals, including an opportunity to see the creatives interviewed.  There were also Midday Cabarets and a closing cocktail party.

Casting for the 31st Annual Festival of New Musicals included Alan Ariano (Broadway: The King and I), Jenn Colella (Broadway: Come From Away), Emy Coligado (Broadway: Miss Saigon), Jennifer Damiano (Broadway: American Psycho), Dayna Jarae Dantzler (Broadway: Waitress), Kyle Decker (Broadway: Come From Away), Nicolas Dromard Continue reading..

I Have (Had) Enough by Jeff Jacobson (Book Excerpt)

October 23, 2019

You wouldn’t snuggle into my chest. You’d push outward and challenge me with a feat of strength, crawl up onto my shoulder and look all around. I think you were trying to be at least as tall as me.

I remember being proud of you back then because when other babies’ heads flopped all around and gazed cross-eyed at the world, you held your head straight and your neck firm and your eyes darted like lasers around the room. If a man walked by that you didn’t know, you focused in on him and sized him up.

You sized me up a lot too, come to think of it. You were systematically analyzing me, testing for weak spots to exploit later. You focused those laser eyes on mine and soon they were arguing with me, even though you couldn’t talk yet.

When you did decide to talk, there really wasn’t a first word, because you just started speaking in full sentences. It was like you were waiting for the right moment to make your declaration. I clearly remember what you said:

“Mommy and Daddy are lying on the couch.”

That’s probably because we were exhausted.

Exhausted because you wouldn’t take … Continue reading..

Meet Cat Miller, Later Mom, Playwright and Director, THE HOPE HYPOTHESIS

October 17, 2019

Can you share with us your road to parenthood? It was an unexpected one. I always wanted to have kids. When I was 30, my first marriage ended, and I remember being terrified I had missed my chance. Then, just about three years later, my step-kids came into my life, and I went from zero to two kids in an instant. It was really intense and hard, but also infinitely joyful and I am very close to both of them. They live with us half time, and when I told them I was pregnant, my stepdaughter’s first question was “will Mommy accept another child?” We had to explain that this child wouldn’t go back and forth.

It was a scary decision to have my son. We knew we wanted another kid, and there was definitely a sense that the window was closing, but I was still very much building my career, and I was afraid having a baby would derail it. In some ways it did. But it also led me to focus on my writing which led directly to this play and this production. I couldn’t be more grateful for that.

What do you most want to teach your Continue reading..