This Sunday, my family had the opportunity to experience Field Station Dinosaurs courtesy of MamaDrama Consulting . A full review is coming, but one of the highlights for my kids was getting to take pretend to be archaelogists and take part in a pretend dinosaur dig. Awesome.
“Uuuummmmm…..Mommy, Latkes don’t fly! Why would they do that?”
So started my subway ride downtown with my super-curious, constantly questioning 5 year old. As the train rumbled on, I must’ve heard 17 versions of that question (statement?)…
Well, it turns out that sometimes they do.
Adapted by Arthur Yorinks from his children’s book, “The Flying Latke” is the story of a chaotic family celebration of the first night of Hanukkah. After a disagreement between cousins, a food fight ensues and a latke (potato pancake traditionally made for the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah) flies out the window and is mistaken for a UFO, sending the world into a panic and trapping the Silversteins in the house for 8 days with nothing but a never-ending supply of latkes to eat.
With all the expenses involved in getting out for an evening, it is a rarity that I leave the house after dark.
I was pretty excited when MamaDrama offered me the opportunity to see Maid of the Mist, a new musical written in its entirety by 5-time Tony nominee Michael John LaChiusa.
I must admit, when I heard that the play was about Anna Edson Taylor,a 63-year-old woman in 1901 who shot down Niagara Falls in a barrel, I snorted aloud. Then guffawed. Then opted to take the tickets anyway, assuming the show would be nothing more than a laugh.