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 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.

If you’d like to submit a topic, product, destination, event, show or attraction for consideration, write robin@motherhoodlater.com.  Happy to hear from you!

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BROADWAY BOUNTY HUNTER: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman


Wednesday
July 24, 2019

Put Annie Golden center stage, particularly to play herself, and it’s no surprise that she nails it both in voice and demeanor…not to mention being a delight to watch.

Ms. Golden is currently receiving above title billing as the lead in BROADWAY BOUNTY HUNTER, the latest Joe Iconis musical making it’s NY Premiere at Greenwich House Theatre on Barrow Street.

The frisky show takes you on a wild, campy ride as we witness a spunky “woman of a certain age” (the first song title) discover her inner ninja and then some. Ms. Golden is in fine, powerhouse voice, and she is a natural at comedy.

Struggling to get roles as a midlife actor (with references made to roles in her actual career, including Hair and The Full Monty) and to make peace with the loss of her  Broadway producer husband Charlie, Ms. Golden, who is having difficulty paying the bills, gets offered the opportunity to chase down criminals and decides to embrace the out of character challenge.  She undergoes arduous physical training and is taken under the wing of martial artist Shiro Jin (Emily Borromeo), who recruits her we later learn for purely selfish reasons, and a studly Lazarus (Alan … Continue reading..



Jacqueline Novak: Get On Your Knees: Show Review by Hillary Hershkowitz


Tuesday
July 23, 2019

I admit that I could hardly wait to see Jacqueline Novak: Get On Your Knees, a new Off-Broadway show that recently opened at the Cherry Lane Theatre. But, I had some hesitation…what’s there to say about blow-jobs that hasn’t been discussed ad nauseam by the gals of Sex and the City!?

Turns out there’s a lot — 75-minutes worth without an intermission!

Novak takes us on a journey from her fumbling adolescent experiences giving blow-jobs to inexperienced high school boyfriends, through her head-loving college days to the present day in a monogamous hetero relationship. She executes it all flawlessly while weaving poetic prose, fiery humor, and impeccable physical comedy chockful of foul penis-oriented language, accompanied by cringeworthy gyrations and juggling balls (not the sports-kind).

This show may not appeal to everyone, like the stone-faced guy sitting next to me (or on a first-date), but the ambiance of the room was overwhelmingly filled with people doubling over in laughter.

Despite the R-rated content, Novak, a comic genius, cleverly manages to flip the script on female sexuality and leaves the audience with an unexpected takeaway about male and female roles in the bedroom and society. She questions why the penis is seen … Continue reading..



#DATEME: AN OKCUPID EXPERIMENT – Show Ticket Giveaway for the Perfect Night Out! (from MotherhoodLater.com)


Thursday
July 18, 2019

#DateMe: An OkCupid Experiment is the perfect show for people looking for love, already in love, or who want to laugh… with love.

As a scientific experiment about the online search for love, 38 “undateable” profiles were placed on the world’s most popular online dating site to see if anyone would engage with them. The online conversations and interactions that followed were tracked, measured, and documented. The outcome of this experiment is the hilarious and shocking new show, #DateMe. Those 38 online characters are now on stage along with live interactive multimedia, original music, and improvisation – making #DateMe unlike anything New York City has ever seen! Hailed as “a laugh-out-loud comedy experience,” (Chicago Splash Magazine#DateMe is “a big, juicy hit” (Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune) that is the “perfect night out!” (Time Out Chicago)

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Box Office Hours: Wednesday through Monday from 12pm – 6pm. Continue reading..



You Were a Kid Once by Adelia Moore, author, Being the Grownup (Book Excerpt)


Thursday
July 11, 2019

You Were a Kid Once

My parents required clean rooms and made beds of me and of my siblings, without adult help. With my own kids, I cared enough about order to want the rooms eventually cleaned up, but not so much that I needed it done regularly or on their own. I didn’t have complete confidence in my kids’ ability to do it well themselves, partly because we hadn’t trained them early, a decision I suppose my husband and I made by default: Neither of us is great about putting clothes and books and shoes away ourselves! And why was I the one helping and not my husband? I wasn’t the only parent, after all. Like many women, I may have thought it was my bailiwick, but to be honest it wasn’t something my husband seemed to care about a whit: It was my value and my assertion of authority. My decision to help them clean their rooms reflected a value perhaps influenced by the culture of my generational cohort: By making it a project we did together, not only was I able to lend some organizing advice and modeling, we also got to spend time together.

As your … Continue reading..



Dog Man: The Musical, Show Review by Andrea Santo Felcone


Monday
July 8, 2019

When I first heard they were making a musical based on the “Dog Man” graphic novels by Dav Pilkey, (of “Captain Underpants” fame), I wasn’t exactly sure what to think. I knew the “Dog Man” books were extremely popular–the demand is high in my son’s elementary school library. (To lend some perspective on the popularity, Pilkey’s “Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild” had an initial print-run of 5 million copies.) So, while I knew a musical could potentially tap into that popularity, would a musical format of this material be successful?

Curiosity won out, so on Thursday, July 4th, my family and I entered the Lucille Lortel Theatre for an early afternoon showing of “Dog Man: The Musical” wondering what we would find. The overarching concept (of both books and musical): two best friends, George and Harold, create comic books together—Harold draws the illustrations, while George writes the stories down. They began their successful run as comic strip creators after initially being sent to the hall for detention (an autobiographical fact about author Pilkey himself). Later, the boys are often found creating comic strip stories in their treehouse. The treehouse is what greets you on stage when you … Continue reading..



Hilariously Infertile by Karen Jeffries (Book Excerpt)


Wednesday
June 19, 2019

Chapter 1

My Name is Karen and I am Infertile

Hello Ladies!  (Oh and hello to the few “supportive” men who were bullied into reading this book).  I am infertile and no one likes to talk about it.  If you are infertile, you are not alone.  Let me start at the beginning, I was born on…HA!  Just kidding, that book would suck.  No, let’s start at the other beginning.  Soon after we were engaged, my husband and I moved in together in the fall of 2009.  My husband, John, proposed after we jumped out of a plane together.  Yeah, we are those cool people.  We were married in August of 2010.  I had no plans of starting a family anytime soon.  I told people, including myself, that I wanted to wait until I was thirty-five to start “trying.”  Well, I am turning thirty-four in a week and I have a dog, two kids and a house in the suburbs, so that “plan” sure as heck went to hell in a handbasket and fast.

We went to pick up our dog in June of 2010.  That was when the motherhood juices really started flowing.  We were towards the end … Continue reading..



21st Century Parenting: A Guide to Raising Emotionally Resilient Children in an Unstable World by Rick Capaldi, MFT, PhD (Book Excerpt)


Tuesday
June 18, 2019

Chapter 11

21st Century Parenting in Review

“There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings.” —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

Remember school, tests, midterms, finals? If you were like many of us, you looked forward to the review prior to the test so that you could cram to improve your grade. Unfortunately, there is no way to cram for the parent test. It’s ongoing and all around you, lasting for eighteen years and beyond. Your final grade is what your child demonstrates as an adult and lives with him or her the rest of his or her life. So let’s go back and review:

As parents, you need to recognize today that your kids bring more home and to the classroom, playground, and their social community than books, pencils, and iPads. Their emotional backpacks are often affected by family dysfunction, economic impact, physical challenges, learning disabilities, academic challenges, mental health issues, and various influences both in and outside the family, positive and negative, that often affect their ability to perform, feel good about themselves, develop relationships, and feel accomplished.

Today’s performance in and outside of school requires more … Continue reading..



Pip’s Island – A bedazzling theatre experience! Review by Jo Mispel


Thursday
June 13, 2019

The two musketeers and I headed off last week to experience the much lauded interactive theater show ‘Pip’s Island’, currently showing at Times Square. Previously a sold out ‘pop up’ show in Chelsea in 2016, this is the show’s second well-deserved run, and considering the incredible artistry and unique storytelling, and how fresh the experience was, I trust it won’t be the last.

This will become a new way of doing kids theater. Think escape room for adults or some such. Experience and embodiment being the key words. There is nothing passive about this theater. The audience becomes the show, in a multi-sensorial, participatory way, like diving into an alternative universe. Better than any video game or movie theater escapism.  Plus the kids come out with a real sense of collective and individual accomplishment.

Without giving too much away, because surprise and suspense work so beautifully in the experience, the premise of the story is that a call for help has been received from Pip’s island, a magical far away land. An evil character named Joules Volter has started to steal the island’s unique energy. The children will need to journey to Pip’s island to restore it’s power and capture … Continue reading..