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The Country House: It's Good to Be Home

Danny Groner | Posted 11.30.2014 | New York
Danny Groner

Many plays have a familiar source of drama and intrigue: Get a family to reunite for whatever the reason and all of the passion and suppression will find its way out there. But Donald Margulies's The Country House takes this format to new heights. And director Daniel Sullivan knows exactly how to squeeze out every last bit of tension and relief.

You Can't Take It With You: Bless This Mess

Danny Groner | Posted 12.01.2014 | New York
Danny Groner

There's a lot to like at the front and the end of You Can't Take It With You at the Longacre Theater, but there's a lot to work through in the middle.

The Familiar Edge of the Unknown

Nancy Farese | Posted 12.01.2014 | Travel
Nancy Farese

I'm following the line of my own story by studying the intersection points with the stories of others. My tools are photography and curiosity. Rebecca Solnit writes that "empathy is first of all an act of the imagination," allowing you to leave your own narrative and step into the story of another.

Child's Play Is No Joke: A Mother and Toymaker's Mission to Unplug Playtime

Mary Beth Minton | Posted 11.24.2014 | Parents
Mary Beth Minton

As another beautiful sunny day was hastily snuffed out by the whipping of heavy drapes across the window to avoid the glare in the screen, I became fascinated -- and horrified -- by the power this screen held over my normally adventurous and outdoorsy kids.

Carolyn Gregoire

In Praise Of Play

HuffingtonPost.com | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 09.23.2014 | Healthy Living

Robin Williams once said, "The world is open for play." But how often, in the midst of the daily grind, does it really feel that way? When we meas...

Playgrounds, The New Bar Hopping

Linda Roy | Posted 11.16.2014 | Parents
Linda Roy

Before kids, I bar hopped. My rock band played in them. It was a lot of monkeying around minus the monkey bars; a pretty swinging lifestyle.

15 Rules To Foster Good Behavior In Children

Kenneth Barish, Ph.D. | Posted 11.16.2014 | Parents
Kenneth Barish, Ph.D.

When children feel that their concerns and grievances have been listened to and understood, they will make fewer, not more, demands. And we will have an easier time when it is time to say no.

'My Mañana Comes': Trouble in the Kitchen

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 11.16.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

The plight of the struggling class, bypassed entirely by the slow economic recovery, and the inequities of our immigration laws come into sharp focus in Elizabeth Irwin's timely and ultimately provocative new play My Mañana Comes at Playwrights Realm.

'This Is Our Youth' Is A Timeless Play Every Child, Parent And Grandparent Should See

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 11.15.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

Brilliantly acted by Michael Cera as Warren, Kieran Culkin as Dennis, and Tavi Gevinson, as Jessica Goldman, the object of Warren's fantasies, and flawlessly directed by Anna D. Shapiro, Lonergan's wonderfully crafted 1996 play captures all the agony and the ecstasy, but mostly the agony, of post-pubescent youth.

How An 'Unstageable,' But Beloved Book Became A Stage Hit

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 11.11.2014 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — In a rehearsal room near Times Square, Alex Sharp is about to jump. The brand-new Juilliard School graduate with a starring role in...

A Second Take at Parenting After Years on Our Own

Jerry Lanson | Posted 11.10.2014 | Parents
Jerry Lanson

LEXINGTON, Mass. -- Mornings have gotten a lot livelier in the Lanson household this fall. My day starts with exercises and free-dancing with 7-year-...

'The Wayside Motor Inn': A Drama for 10 Voices

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 09.05.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

The travelers who check in at The Wayside Motor Inn, A.R. Gurney's engrossing 1977 play, now in an absorbing revival at Signature Theater, are a dispa...

Kids and Media: Screen or Window?

David Kleeman | Posted 11.02.2014 | Parents
David Kleeman

Digital photography and video are essentially free, so why not let kids capture their own perspective on family trips or events?

Mastering Your Life: How to Play the Game in Five Easy Steps

Tiffany O. Silver | Posted 11.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Tiffany O. Silver

Imagine this energy is like currency -- you get a certain amount each day, to create your now -- so you wouldn't want to fritter it away. Once you realize the impermanence of life, that the past and the future aren't able to be held because they do not really exist, you can only be present!

Let the Children Play! Especially During Recess

Katie Hurley | Posted 10.29.2014 | Education
Katie Hurley

A current trend in classroom management is to hold kids in from recess as a means of disciplinary action. The problem with this strategy, of course, is that kids need recess. They need to decompress, burn off energy and socialize.

The Alphabet of Happiness: 'P'

Randy Taran | Posted 10.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Randy Taran

Peace is the presence that lives within you. Through all the phases and all the places, it is a deep well that feeds your soul. In the quiet of the night, in the pause of the day, in nature, on the yoga mat, running or in the most unexpected places, you can access your peace.

9 Ways To Become More Creative In The Next 10 Minutes

| Larry Kim | Posted 08.13.2014 | Small Business

Modern culture often labels creativity as natural gift. Artists get showered with praise and proclamations of "you're so talented," but truthfully, ta...

Top Off-Broadway Shows to Watch in NYC: Part Two

Jane Seo | Posted 10.07.2014 | Arts
Jane Seo

From an over-the-top dinner and theater experience to a risqué revue about naked men singing and dancing, read about the intimate, and often interactive, shows you can only experience off-Broadway in this Part Two of my Off-Broadway crawl.

Do You Have Permission to Be on an Adventure?

Terri Britt | Posted 10.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Terri Britt

Society says we must drive ourselves into the ground to get the things we want done. But this only shuts us down and makes life hard. It is only when we allow ourselves to be on an adventure, following the guidance of our hearts, that we truly open up to magic and miracles!

The Real Reason Why Kids Fidget -- And What We Can Do About It

Angela Hanscom | Posted 10.05.2014 | Parents
Angela Hanscom

Fidgeting is a real problem. It is a strong indicator that children are not getting enough movement throughout the day. We need to fix the underlying issue.

6 Reasons Playdates Are Good For Moms

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 10.04.2014 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

Yes, playdates are fabulous opportunities for your child to learn social skills and make new friends, but there are also many benefits for mom as well.

Exercise vs. Play

Zach Dean | Posted 10.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Zach Dean

Playful people are present in the moment, enjoy their lives, and are not bound to the rigidity of broken social structure. Their way of being leads to meaningful connection, fulfillment, and sparks positive change in our world.

Betting On Teens In Wearable Tech

Carrie Yury | Posted 09.30.2014 | Technology
Carrie Yury

Tapping into and extending imagination, and engaging social behavior, wearable technology for teens could have a huge impact on the teen-focused gaming and entertainment industries.

Chautauqua Theater Company Premieres The May Queen, an Inspired Tragicomedy

Daniel J. Kushner | Posted 09.27.2014 | Arts
Daniel J. Kushner

Under the astute leadership of Artistic Director Vivienne Benesch and Resident Director (and former co-Artistic Director) Ethan McSweeny, CTC has offering poignant and provocative, expertly-written new plays alongside riveting interpretations of such classics as Shakespeare's Macbeth, Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and more.

Top Off-Broadway Shows to Watch in NYC This Season: Part One

Jane Seo | Posted 09.24.2014 | Arts
Jane Seo

While Broadway shows and musicals often top the list of must-do activities for visitors and New Yorkers alike, smaller scale and sometimes underrated Off-Broadway shows are making a heat wave this summer.