I started this blog with one daughter, kept it up with the other, to spend time together doing something we enjoyed.
However, things change and people evolve. My daughters are older, busier, and not as interested in writing.
From now on this blog will be mostly mom with occasional contributions from my daughters and maybe even my husband.
Nothing else will change. We'll still focus on sharing fun places to go, fun things to do, and more, and we would  still love to hear your views too

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Theater Thursday - Edna the Stomper, Fire, and The Honeymooners

We were given free tickets to Edna the Stomper for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are own.
What: Edna the Stomper

Where: The Tank
             312 W. 36th St.
             New York, NY

Who: 6 and up

When: Through November 13, 2017
Me - Edna the Stomper was good. It was about a girl named Edna. Everyone in her family was good at something. She wanted to be good at something too, but all she was good at was stomping. This show was very original. There were these characters that were supposed to be monsters under the bed. They were cute and funny. They were my favorite characters. The songs were okay when I was hearing them, but I don't remember they now. The acting was good. The singing was good. They didn't really have dancing in the show besides Edna's stomping. There wasn't much of a set, but they did a good job with what they had. My favorite part of the show was the end. It wrapped up nicely. It has a nice message. This is a really good show for young children.

For more about Edna the Stomper or to order tickets visit www.rebelplayhouse.org/
We were given free tickets to Fire for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.
What: Fire 

Where:Theatre 54 at Shetler Studios and Theatres
            244 W. 54th St.
            New York, NY

Who: Teens and Up

When: Through October 28, 2017

Me & Mom - Fire is a drama about the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. It is very informative. We knew very little about the incident until we saw the show. A small group of actors play a variety of roles in the show. The acting was excellent. The story and the performances were really touching. The author did a good job combining the diffrent stories and characters. The show can be a bit intense at times and is definitely not good for small children. It is fine for older children, however, as long as they are mature enough to handle the subject matter. Despite the subject matter, the show is not all dark and depressing from beginning to end. There are lighter happier moments in the show as well. All in all, anyone who likes well acted, well written shows that shine a light on particular aspect of history should enjoy this show. 

For more information or to order tickets visit www.firetheplay.com/
We were given free tickets to The Honeymooners for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.

What: The Honeymooners

Where: Papermill Playhouse
             22 Brookside Drive
             Milburn, NJ

Who: Teens and Up

When: Through October 30, 2017

Mom's view: The Honeymooners is a musical based on the old Jackie Gleason TV series of the same name. However, rather than trying to recreate an episode or two of the show, the plot is completely new. There is enough familiar here to please fans of the TV series. However, you do not have to be a fan of the show or even have seen the show to understand what is going on or enjoy the show. The story is entertaining. It revolves around Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton entering a jingle contest. The show is very true to the spirit of the TV series except the ending. If you like happy endings, you will probably like how things are resolved here. If you like shows that are true to their original source, you might not. However, that doesn't take away from the overall enjoyability of the show. The songs in the show are fine.  None of them really stand out. The acting is good. At the performance we attended Michael Walters went on for the ailing Michael McGrath in the lead role of Ralph Kramden. Mr. Walters was terrific despite the fact that he had never even had a full rehearsal in the role. If you have the opportunity to see Mr. Walters in the part, you should consider yourself lucky. Even if you don't the show is still a nostalgic jaunt into the past that can be enjoyed by anyone whether they actually lived through the time period when the show is set or not.

And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Funtivity Friday.

Photo credits: All Edna the Stomper production photos supplied by Rebel Playhouse 
                       All Fire production photos by Russ Rowland
                       All The Honeymooners production photos by Evan Zimmerman for MurphyMade

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