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Harnessing the Power of Theater for Social Change

Kaethe Morris Hoffer | Posted 11.18.2014 | Arts
Kaethe Morris Hoffer

For all those who are interested in the fight against sex trafficking, which is a fight absolutely aligned with the fight against domestic violence and sexual assault, this play has the power to spark important conversations, and it is worth your time and consideration.

Neuroscience Improves Early Childhood Education Quality

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 11.17.2014 | Education
Ellen Galinsky

Who doesn't want the education and care for young children to be high quality? Parents look for it, advocates fight for it, policy makers debate it. But just what is it?

"Sticks and Bones": The Way We Were During Vietnam Via Rabe

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 11.07.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

The rage that polarized the country over the Vietnam War now, decades later, often seems a distant memory. A gripping revival of David Rabe's Sticks a...

What To Do When Your Child Swears At You

Tosha Schore, M.A. | Posted 11.04.2014 | Parents
Tosha Schore, M.A.

Moving towards our kids is so important -- even more so in those moments when we feel it's the last thing we want to do.

"The Real Thing": Tom Stoppard's Love Play With McGregor and Gyllenhaal

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 10.31.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

The course of true love never did run smooth, as one of Tom Stoppard's favorite writers once observed, but for the star-crossed adulterers in The Real...

Enter the PlayMatrix

David Kleeman | Posted 10.30.2014 | Business
David Kleeman

The Internet added interactivity to the equation, and now the pace of change is accelerating -- mobile, tablets, wearable technology, increasing interaction between digital and physical play.

Permission to Play

Karin Joy Whitley | Posted 10.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Karin Joy Whitley

At what age do we feel that playfulness, dressing up and acting silly, should stop? With our daily responsibilities, stress and obligations, don't we need some comic relief? Taking us back to childhood even for a few minutes can spark the child within us and lift our spirits.

3 Ways to Live Like a Child (And Why You Should)

Nicole Liloia | Posted 10.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Nicole Liloia

Today as adults, we focus so much on other people's opinions when choosing what to do, that we forget we can make choices that will allow us to have more fun in our lives. Take the time to think about how something is going to make you feel when you do it.

Theater Review: Stoppard's The Real Thing From Roundabout Theater

Dina Mikhails | Posted 10.17.2014 | Arts
Dina Mikhails

We have a lot of fun watching these couples flirt, banter and reconcile, yet there's an absence of true emotion that left me feeling lighter than I should have in a play about jealousy, knowledge and the preservation of one's self in a marriage.

Mayor De Blasio's Bold Move: Putting Low Income Kids and Families First

Darell Hammond | Posted 10.17.2014 | Impact
Darell Hammond

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced the allocation of $130 million in taxpayer funds to repair 35 parks and playgrounds in low-incom...

Creative Solutions to Crises -- Through Play

Mary Flanagan | Posted 10.16.2014 | Impact
Mary Flanagan

We must reinvent rusty old conflict models, or we will never escape the vicious cycle of war countering war. Violence isn't the answer to seemingly intractable problems. And yet, we're only as brilliant as the tools we've learned to use.

'The Country House:' Actors Acting Their Way Through Life

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 10.03.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

Most playwrights seem to have a Chekhovian impulse they need to get out of their system, and David Margulies's new play The Country House, which opene...

The Remorse Of Three Generations Of Men In One Play

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 10.03.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

Just when you are tempted to think that your past is over and done with, a dim reminder will suddenly leap out of nowhere and grab you by the throat. ...

The Country House: It's Good to Be Home

Danny Groner | Posted 10.02.2014 | 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 10.02.2014 | 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 10.02.2014 | 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 09.24.2014 | 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.

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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...