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 ...

MOM THEATRE BLOGGER: The Effect: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman


[caption id="attachment_22842" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photo by : Matthew Murphy[/caption] Is someone on a placebo?  And, if so, does that make their feelings more real than someone on a pharmaceutical? Boy meets girl over urine samples in this highly thought-provoking new work by Lucy Prebble, and while uncertain of the truth of their ...