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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Flying Lessons: Show Review by Hannah Singer


Monday
August 5, 2019

When I was initially presented with the opportunity to review this musical, I had no idea what to expect and if it would be child-friendly. My date to the play was my 11 year old tween daughter who attends middle school. She likes to think she is 18 and leans towards sassiness. Although, as her mom, I often still see the little girl in her. As I researched what FLYING LESSONS was about, I thought it would be fun for her to see and perhaps learn something, and luckily she agreed! She ended up laughing and crying throughout this play along with me and the other audience members of all ages.

Isabella is the main character, a beautiful Latina middle school girl played wonderfully by Esmeralda Nazario. She lives with her single mom Lydia, played superbly by Desiree Montes.

The story mainly takes place in Isabella’s school classroom and in her bedroom at home. There are some dream and daydream sequences and songs for which reality needs to be suspended. She, after all, meets with both Amelia Earhart, played by Megan Valle (the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean) and Frederick Douglass, played by Brandon Martin (after … Continue reading..



Blurry Vision by Sharon O’Donnell


Saturday
July 27, 2019

Is it really the end of July?

Six weeks ago when my youngest son, Jason, graduated from high school, the summer seemed to stretch out lazily ahead of us. His freshman year of college was over two months away, and there seemed to be plenty of time to do and say the things I wanted to do and say before it was time for him to leave. But somehow the weeks passed without a lot of that getting done or said. There was graduation week, filled with fun with friends and family and school events. The next week Jason had his wisdom teeth out, which basically was a ‘lost’ week where nothing really happened except him wearing an ice pack around his face and eating a lot of ice cream, applesauce, and mashed potatoes. Then we went to college orientation at UNC-Charlotte for a few days, and then to Charlottesville, Virginia to accompany my middle son, David, and his fiance as they scoped out wedding venues for next year; this was a brief but fun family trip as our oldest son, Billy, drove down from DC, also. And then it was the 4th of July week, followed by buying college … Continue reading..



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..