A Write Teacher(s) Review: Bandstand

It’s July 5th. Yesterday we celebrated Independence Day – and I cannot think of a currently running show that epitomizes the beauty, grace, and goodness that is the power of the American spirit better than Bandstand.   Bandstand is an original musical composed by Richard Oberacker with book and lyrics by Oberacker and Robert Taylor. The musical stars Corey Cott, Laura Osnes, and Beth Leavel, and tells the story of a group… Read More

A Write Teacher(s) Review – Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too: A Book

Picture it. You’ve had the worst day. You’re been pushed down by people. You’ve put your heart out there and gotten it broken. You’re craving connection. You’re craving love. You’re craving friendship. Because, let’s be real – life is so much sweeter and easier when you have someone there, in your corner. The world feels less massive and the pain feels more bearable, and suddenly tomorrow doesn’t seem so daunting.  Been there?… Read More

From Cannes 2017: “Good Time” by Josh and Benny Safdie

A robbery gone wrong. It’s a good start. An ink pack explodes in a cab, sending the thieves – brothers Connie and Nick Nikas – scrambling to clean themselves (and the money) in a Domino’s bathroom. When the police finally catch up to them, Nick panics, running his way right through a glass door – and into handcuffs. With Nick’s mental handicap, Connie is dead scared to leave him alone in jail…. Read More

A Write Teacher(s) Review: Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah

Imagine your mother throws you out of a moving car to save you from, well, the cab that you’re riding in, because the cab driver wants to hurt you both. Imagine not having indoor plumbing. Imagine having a white father and a black mother, and that the simple act of love that brought you into this world, is also a crime. Imagine all of that – and then read Born a Crime… Read More

A Write Teacher(s) Review: small great things

Dearest Bookworms, What can one say about Jodi Picoult? She is a wizard with words. She is a master of storytelling. She is a brilliant human. And she has recently come out with a new book, small great things. And it is so great. So, so, so great! See, Jodi Picoult tells stories that stay with you, she creates characters that feel like old friends, and after you are finished with one… Read More

A Write Teacher(s) Review: The Grownup

Dear Bookworms, A few months ago, I decided to join the Book of the Month Club.  I ordered the first month because it came with an extra book for no additional charge, and if you know anything about me, you know that I’ll do just about anything for a free book. Life got away from me, and I just now got around to reading that extra book. And let me tell you… Read More

Late Nite Comedy at 54 Below

What are you typically doing at 11:30PM on a Sunday Night? My bet is that you fall into one of these categories: A) You’ve got a case of the Sunday Scaries, looking for something to combat the impending Monday Blues. B) You’ve been in your house all weekend catching up on Netflix and need some human interaction. C) You had a boozy brunch, napped all afternoon, and are now wide awake, unsure of… Read More

A Write Teacher(s) Review: Perfect Little World

When Izzy found out she was pregnant, she thought she had a plan. She’ll marry the baby’s father, her high school art teacher, and they’ll live a happy life together. But things rarely go as planned, do they? Izzy finds herself alone and pregnant, working on her feet at a barbecue joint where she pulls meat from the bellies of pigs. She has a sort of plan, but things change when the… Read More

A Write Teacher(s) Review: HOW TO TRANSCEND A HAPPY MARRIAGE by Sarah Ruhl

HOW TO TRANSCEND A HAPPY MARRIAGE is an edgy look at love and the conventional perception of it’s boundaries i.e…does real love have to be limited to only one other and is it also limited to a type of love?…be it friendship, familial, or sexual. I know that sounds ambiguous, but it poses a legitimate questions of the capacity for love and who or what defines the boundaries of it. The play… Read More

A Write Teacher(s) Review: The Great Wall

  In Zhang Yimou’s recent Chinese monster epic, William Garin (Matt Damon) and Pero Tovar (Pedro Pascal), two European mercenaries seeking black powder, are taken captive by the Nameless Order, guardians of China’s Great Wall. The Commander of the Crane Troop, Lin Mae (Jing Tian), holds them prisoner as a cyclical battle between the Order and a force of lizard-like monsters, the Tao Tie, tests limits of both the wall and its defenders. While it sounds as… Read More