UP CLOSE Festival 2019: Review by Hannah Singer


Sometimes I think I am younger than I am, after all, I write for Motherhood Later! (In my case it was later and later and later!) But I also forget I have a moody tween, and I never know if she will enjoy anything. But, when I was offered tickets ...

THE MIKADO: Show Review by Hannah Singer


When my daughter was 4, she was glued to the tv where an opera was being shown. I was floored! I have been meaning to take her to an opera since then. Luckily now that she is a tween, I had the opportunity to do just that. And it did ...

A CHRISTMAS CAROL, OY! HANUKKAH, MERRY KWANZAA: Show Review by Hannah Singer


[caption id="attachment_29495" align="alignleft" width="300"] (L-R: Katarina Vizina and Valois Mickens. Photo by Jonathan Slaff)[/caption] This time of year always goes too fast for me, so I have been a bit of a Scrooge, thinking Bah Humbug. Then I was offered these tickets to a show I thought was for kids. So ...

The Giant Hoax: Show Review by Alyson Treglia


[caption id="attachment_29428" align="alignleft" width="300"] (Photo credit: Brian E. Long)[/caption] The Giant Hoax is a musical for ages 6 and up, set in 1869 based on the true (?) events of the prehistoric petrified Cardiff Giant, a young farm girl, Emily, and Stub, the owner of the Giant.  The opening of the ...

ALL HALLOWS EVE: Show Review by Alyson Treglia


[caption id="attachment_29304" align="alignleft" width="300"] (Jennifer Barnhart as Witch in All Hallows Eve - photo by Richard Termine)[/caption] 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 ...

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


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 ...

VILNA: Show Review by Rochelle Jewell Shapiro


Ira Fuchs must have been called by the voices of the dead to write his impassioned play, VILNA. In 1974, after college graduation, he wrote a few plays. One was put on at the YWHA on Eighth Avenue, the other at Playwright Horizons. Then he left the theater to become ...

A SIMPLE SPACE: Show Review by Lainie Gutterman


My son Ian and I were lucky enough to recently see A SIMPLE SPACE at The New Victory Theater (209 West 42nd Street). Taken from the theatre's performance description..........Who needs circus rigging, sparkly costumes or even shoes when you've got each other?  This talented, tight-knit troupe and their dynamic drummer saturate their ...

Up Close Festival: Show Review by Lainie Gutterman


Marisol Rosa-Shapiro among the audience members in VELVEETA UNDERGROUND: A Pizza Rat's Quest to Save Cheesy Beet Poetry. Photo by Buatti-Ramos Photography. I am extremely picky when it comes to performances. When a last minute opportunity to review Up Close Festival at the New Ohio Theatre in the West Village (154 ...

STOMP: A MUSICAL EXTRAVAGANZA THAT’S HARD TO BEAT: Show Review by Jamie Levine


STOMP opened at the Orpheum Theatre in New York City in 1994; I saw this invigorating stage show there for the first time in the late 1990’s as a single 20-something-year-old city-dweller. Therefore, it was quite a treat—as well as quite a different experience—to return to the Orpheum Theatre this ...