Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Where-To-Go Wednesday: The Museum at FIT and 2 Across

What: The Museum at FIT

Where: Fashion Institute of Technology
             Seventh Avenue at 27th St.
             New York, New York

Who: Teens and above
Mom's view: If you are in New York City, and you have some time to kill and you want to go some place that won't take long and isn't going to cost you a lot of money, The Museum at FIT is a great choice.  The Museum at FIT is a part of the Fashion Institute of Technology. The Museum has a permanent collection of about 50,000 articles of clothing and accessories and 30,000 textiles. The Museum is very small, however and not all of these items are on display at any one time. However, every six months or so the exhibits are rotated and different items are put on display. Therefore, if you've been here once that doesn't mean you've seen it all. This is not a museum that would be of interest to young children or anyone who has no interest in fashion. However, teenage girls and anyone who is particularly interested in fashion will love it. The Museum is not very big so it should not take very long to go through the whole thing. It didn't take us more than a half hour. However, if you are particularly into fashion and you want to take your time, it may take even longer. The best thing about the museum is that it is completely free which makes it affordable whether you want to go once or whether you want to go every six months to see what new items have been put on display. When we visited the museum, they were running an exhibit on Global Fashion Capitals. However, they are currently running an exhibit called Fairy Tale  Fashion which will be running through April 16. 2016 as well as an exhibit called Denim Fashion's Frontier which will be running though May 7, 2016  . For more information go to http://www.fitnyc.edu/museum/.
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We were given free tickets to 2 Across for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.
What: 2 Across

Where: St. Luke's Theatre
             308 W. 46th St.
             New York, NY

When: Wednesdays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM
             Sundays at 2:00 PM

Who:Teens and above

Mom's view: 2 Across is a humorous romantic comedy. It is about  a couple who meet on the BART (San Francisco's Subway)  and bond over the crossword puzzle. However, their initial meeting is anything but cute and it may take them the entire ride to discover whether or not they're on the same page. If you like your shows with a romantic aspect, you should enjoy this show. However even if you do not necessarily enjoy romantic shows, you should should still enjoy this show.  The show is neither mushy nor sentimental, and for the most part it is more of a comedy than a romance. This makes the show a great date night choice since it can appeal to both those who like their shows funny and those who like their shows romantic. The show is not really a family show, however. There is not really a lot of objectionable material other than maybe a little bad language etc. here and there. Still, it is just not a show that would appeal to young children. In fact, they would probably be bored especially since this is a two character 90 minute show with no intermission. For the most part, the talented acting, and snappy dialogue keeps the show moving along although it may drag a bit in a few spots. The show is currently playing an open-ended run at St. Lukes Theatre in New York City. One can assume that depending how long the show runs, the stars may change. However, the show currently stars Andrea McArdle, the original star of Broadway's original run of the musical, Annie and Kip Gilman.  If you remember Andrea from her Annie days and you stick around until after the curtain calls, you may be treated to a song by Ms. McArdle who sounds pretty much the same as she sounded in her Annie days. For some that alone would be worth the price of admission, but all in all the show is appealing even without that. The song is just an added bonus. For more information or to order tickets go to http://www.2acrosstheplay.com/. If we can we will try to bring you a ticket giveaway soon as part of a Valentine's Day related giveaway hop.
And that's our view. Tune in to tomorrow's Talking Topics post for more about the Museum at FIT and 2 Across.

Photo credits: All 2 Across pictures by Carol Rosegg

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