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.

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EMPATH: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman

December 10, 2018

After a sold-out run this April, Theaterlab brought back EMPATH, a one-man show about emotional superpowers, written by and starring David Sauvage, that just wrapped its brief return run this month.

The show follows its creator’s path from self-proclaimed “typical Jewish cynic” from LA through the discovery of his gift for experiencing the emotions of others, to becoming a performance-artist-intuitive.

In EMPATH, writer/performer David Sauvage chronicles his own spiritual coming-out as an empath – a person hypersensitive to the emotions of others to the point of experiencing them as his own.  Sauvage’s work is about bringing people back to the truth of who they really are.

“My philosophy is simple. I think there are no such things as ‘bad’ or ‘wrong’ emotions. They are all important and need to be felt – even negative ones, like grief and hatred. That’s the only way to work through them,” says Sauvage. “You can’t have empathy unless you appreciate people’s emotions. The average person doesn’t have much empathy because our culture prioritizes everything other than emotional well-being,” says Sauvage. “I want to us to value our inner lives as much as our outer ones. I want us to prioritize personal growth … Continue reading..

How Parents Make Teenage Behavior Worse, by Carl Pickhardt, Ph.D., author, Who Stole My Child? (Book Excerpt)

November 26, 2018

Most parents with teenagers are familiar with the things they “should” do with their emotionally sensitive (and sometimes abrasive) adolescents. They give them more space than they used to, allow them to have ample time with friends, and let them sleep in on weekends. But, while knowing what to do is important, so is knowing what not to do.

When dealing with moody, backtalking, or otherwise difficult teens, it is tempting to react negatively, treating kind with kind. But, these reactions often backfire, making undesirable behavior worse.  So, to prevent this downward spiral, parents should try to avoid:

Taking unwelcome changes in teenagers personally. These changes are not about you. For example, your teenage son is not acting more forgetful just to frustrate you. The old management system that allowed him to keep track of things in childhood is no longer enough to cope with the increasing complexity of middle school. What he needs from you is patient help for learning how to keep his life together. Personal criticism at this insecure point will only hurt his feelings and detract attention from the task at hand. Coach don’t criticize.

Treating conflict as a contest. As teenagers detach from family … Continue reading..

NATURAL SHOCKS: Show Review by Jennie Yuen

November 23, 2018

We meet Angela, played by Pascale Armand, as she prepares to hunker down in her basement (set design by Lee Savage) as a tornado nears. She is an expert in the insurance industry and professes her love for probability. Angela gets very anxious as the storm approaches and reveals that she recently brought a gun for protection. She shares how her mother died of cancer and never liked her husband. She recalls how he was a very sweet man when they first met, but their relationship has taken a turn, and he has left the house given the news of the impending tornado. Natural Shocks

Directed deftly by May Adrales, Armand (Tony nominated for her role in Eclipsed) turns in a winning performance in this powerful one woman play. While Adrales commands our attention, the 75 minutes (no intermission) grows wearisome as she delivers what feels like a stream of consciousness monologue covering a host of topics ranging from her love of dice to her affair to a black walnut pound cake recipe her mom is famous for….all while reflecting on the unpredictability of life.

There is a big surprise reveal which I will not divulge here…suffice it to say that it … Continue reading..

“The Other Josh Cohen” Show Review by Andrea Santo Felcone

November 21, 2018

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you could meet your future self? This concept is at the core of a brilliant musical comedy, “The Other Josh Cohen,” now playing Off-Broadway. When the show begins, we meet the two Josh Cohens: Present-day Josh (Steve Rosen) and Future Josh/The Narrator (David Rossmer). They are both wearing their favorite plaid shirt, so the only way to really tell them apart is that Present-day Josh sports a mustache—even he would tell you it’s cheesy–while Future Josh, The Narrator, is a touch more stylized: the mustache is gone, in its place—a rugged 5 o’clock shadow. Future Josh narrates the musical, all while playing guitar (and sometimes violin). This hugely-talented duo is joined on stage by 5 other actors–all play various instruments and a multitude of roles, seamlessly.

Present-day Josh is down on his luck in a big way. Josh’s apartment has been robbed, picked clean, everything stolen except one Neil Diamond CD (and “not even the one with the good songs”) and a “hang in there” cat calendar gifted to him by a well-meaning relative. Present-day Josh is a nice guy, a really nice guy, but a nice guy that keeps finishing last. Continue reading..

Show Review: Layer the Walls

November 17, 2018

By Amy Wall Lerman

Ages: 7+

If rats could live forever, oh the tales they would tell.  And what tales they do tell in the production of Layer the Walls at the 14th Street YMCA on Manhattan’s east side.

The show opens with two rats in a tenement building on the lower east side of New York City.  They tell us stories of the immigrants who lived in one particular apartment according to the scraps of wallpaper each family left behind.

Apparently the Tenement Museum, located at 97 Orchard Street, discovered that the former tenement building they housed themselves in had 20 layers of wallpaper and 40 coats of paint – each resident that lived in the building laying claim to their space in a new world.

If you’ve never visited the museum, you should.  It is all about us.  You, me, your ancestors and how they got here.  Many arrived in New York, settling in the city for a time.  Housed in apartments no bigger than today’s walk in closet (or some Manhattan studios).  300 Square feet of the American dream without heat or running water. But this was better, for most, than what they’d left behind … Continue reading..

“BYOB Acting Crash Course” at the Sedgwick Russell Acting Studio: Review by Andrea Santo Felcone

November 8, 2018

“We don’t need to be good at everything. We are already good at the things in our lives that matter. Let’s just have fun with this.”

These were the wise words of a good friend, right before we took to the stage in a “BYOB Acting Crash Course” offered by the Sedgwick Russell Acting Studio. I had jumped at the chance for this opportunity offered by Motherhood Later, roping in a friend to share the experience. This would be a great entry in my “Year of Yes” journal, which, honestly was looking a little thin. Acting class? That would’ve been a hard pass for the old me, but the new me (who, ironically, is older) decided to grab a friend, jump in, and see where we landed.

Our leap into the unknown, took us to the Sedgwick Russell Acting Studio, located at The Theater Center, 210 West 50th Street. Once inside, if there was signage for the studio, we didn’t see it, but know that it’s on the fourth floor. When you arrive, you’ll be greeted by Catherine Russell. How do I know this? Because Ms. Russell is one of the hardest working people on the planet; she never … Continue reading..

Ordinary Days: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman

November 5, 2018

Adam Gwon’s charmingly understated and heartfelt chamber musical, Ordinary Days, strikes some chords, literally, on various levels.

In the Keen Company revival of the show, well directed by Jonathan Silverstein, we meet four characters, each searching for connection in the busy city that is NY.  It effectively touches on the subjects of loneliness, fitting in and finding ones purpose in life.

Deb (Sarah Lynn Marion – a powerhouse vocalist) is a grad student on a mission to write a thesis about Virginia Woolf.  She frenetically writes copious notes in a notebook because her computer is on the fritz, constantly doubting her ability.

Floundering 20-something year old gay Warren (Kyle Sherman) hands out flyers with inspirational sayings, which few accept to his dismay, as he house sits and performs cat care taking duties for a well-to-do artist in a home with a view.

When Warren one day happens upon Deb’s thesis notes, they strike up a friendship of sorts…seemingly strained at first, until it evolves.

Jason (Marc delaCruz) is a 30-something professional who is dating Claire for over a year, but of late things have been out of sorts on the romantic front.

Packing up her clothing one day to clear

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Renascence: Show Review by Rochelle Jewel Shapiro

November 4, 2018

All I could see from where I stood

Were three long mountains and a wood;

These lines begin Renascence, the poem written by Edna St. Vincent Millay when she was just eighteen, still living in rural Maine, and declaring she will find the perfect lines, meter, and content to win the 1921 contest, The Lyric Year. When she writes the poem of her dreams but only gets fourth place, the scandal that rocks the literary world makes the first-place winner decide to admit Edna’s poem is better and shame-facedly hand over his $250 prize to her. With this, Edna (Hannah Corneau of Hedwig and the Angry Inch national tour) is catapulted from her life in rural Maine to a Bohemian life and poetic stardom.

Transport Group’s world premiere musical, Renascence, with music by Carmel Dean (musical director If/Then), book by Dick Scanlan (Thoroughly Modern Millie), and lyrics from the poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay, is not only a window into the writer’s mind and heart, but also an exploration about the fluidity of identity. Edna, who calls herself Vincent, captivates both men and women with her intellect and reckless sexuality. One of her two sisters is … Continue reading..