A Sign of the Times: Show Review by Jo Mispel


[caption id="attachment_29739" align="alignleft" width="300"] (photo by Russ Rowland)[/caption] Time. How does our relationship to it change our understanding of, and ability to process, loss? How do we find agency for meaningful action when collective forces seem to hold us in an overwhelmed inertia? Can a philosophizing ex Physics teacher, standing on ...

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 Amazing Max: Show Review by Alyson Treglia


[caption id="attachment_29483" align="alignleft" width="178"] (photo credit: Carol Rosegg)[/caption] The Amazing Max is a one man performance starring Max Darwin and produced by Christine Cox. It is an interactive magical show for the whole family (recommended age 3 and up).  Prior to the show, premium ticket holders can engage in the VIP Magic ...

ROCK OF AGES: Show Review by Dana Klosner


As soon as I walked into the theater for Rock of Ages at New World Stages in Hell’s Kitchen, I was transported back to the Sunset Strip in 1980s Hollywood where I spent my 20s pursuing my LA dream of becoming a writer. The strip was a place for dreamers, ...

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 ...

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


[caption id="attachment_28876" align="alignleft" width="300"] (Photo credit: Monique Carboni)[/caption] 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 ...

June is the First Fall: Show Review by Debbie Gray Bloom


[caption id="attachment_28529" align="alignleft" width="300"] (photo by Maria Baranov)[/caption] Overheard in the Ladies’ Room at the New Ohio Theatre,"There are a lot of Asian people here." With almost no hesitation and a quick debate as to whether or not to mind my own business I told them, “Well you know the play ...

ACTUALLY, WE’RE F**KED: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman


ACTUALLY, WE’RE F**KED, a new play by Matt Williams, is receiving its world-premiere production at Cherry Lane Theatre. From defecation to periods to circumcision to religion....the show opens with a steady stream of highly opinionated millennial banter as two 30-something couples gather to eat, drink...and not quite be merry.  The world ...