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The Best of 2019 Theatre

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Every year plays take on theme’s. This year it is death or suicide and how we do not know our place in this world. When making my best list, I start at the cut off for the Tony’s, The Drama Desk and The Outer Critic’s, which is in April. Those plays already were honored. My list are plays and musicals that have not been on an awards list yet.

Decky Does a Bronco: by Scottish playwright Douglas Maxwell at Royal Family Performing Arts Space was done in September. This wonderfully acted, prolific play has stayed with me since I saw it. Taking on bullying, when the boys learn Decky’s fate they have to deal with their own emotional responses. As innocence is lost and scars are embedded these boys will never be the same.

Heroes of the Fourth Turning: by Will Arbery at Playwrights Horizon. There was a time in this country where you were allowed to have a difference of opinion. In this play just maybe a conversation had been started. You will feel the loss of identity, the feeling of who we were over what we have been taught and where we are at conflict with each other. There is no sympathy, no answer for the suffering, as a disrupted noise just keeps happening. One of the characters claims it’s his generator misfiring, but it sounds like the fear of different sides closing in and of no-one being heard.

Broadbend, Arkansas: Ted Shen’s score to Broadbend, Arkansas, is a cross between Sondehim and Adam Guetell. It was enhanced by Michael Starobin’s orchestrations and gloriously sung by Justin Cunningham and Danyel Fulton. Act 1 by Ellen Fitzhugh tells of a black man working in the south. By accident he joins the Freedom Riders and his journey from there. Act 2 by Harrison D. Rivers, the the cycle has continued for no reason except the color of their skin and hate. We need to start over, but is that possible? Transport Group/Public Theater co-production at Duke on 42nd Street asks these difficult questions.

The Inheritance: Is the only Broadway show that is on this list. Matthew Lopez’s well written and touching play, follows two generations of gay men living in post-AIDS Manhattan. We feel their passions and inhabit their culture and lifestyle. This play hit home and gave it the humanity that this era deserves.

Monsoon Season: by Lizzie Vieh opened at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater straight from the Edinburgh Fringe. This was a demented look at two mid-life crisis. Full of dark humor with multiple twists. I was not able to figure out the ending until the very last second. What a fabulously inspired look at society today.

Dave Malloy’s Octet:  At the Signature stage Octet mixed cappella chamber choir, tarot, internet addiction and the indelible flaws that lurk with in us all. Malloy’s score is glorious, as it transfixes you in its majestic harmonies, as it uses the musical stylings of musical theatre, country, indie-rock, punk, electronica and so much more. If you can face the reality of how the internet is destroying our humanity, this is a show for you!

Original Sound: by Adam Seidel at the Cherry Lane Theatre, took on the music industry and the rights or non rights of artists. Seidel, a former music journalist, knows this world and his dialogue brings us into the world of recording and all the traps the lie beneath wanting to be in the spotlight. This show was refreshing.

Be!!a Be!!a: written and performed by the incomparable Harvey Fierstein at Manhattan Theatre Club at City Center Stage I. Fierstein did not do this in drag, but embodied Ms. Abzug’s mind and spirit. Throughout the play we learn about her advocacy for gay rights, racial justice, opposition to the Vietnam War and President Nixon, but most importantly, how she got women the right to have their own credit cards, in their own names. Not only did I learn, but I was given a terrific day of theatre.

Round Table: Liba Vaynberg’s Round Table, at Fault Line Theatre at 59E59 Theaters, was a look at how we deal with illness and the avoidance of what in this case will be a devastating outcome. What seemed like a chick flick version of this subject, has stayed with me and I realize it was much more deeper than I thought.

Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven: Stephen Adly Guirgis’ play has the worst title, but is infused with whip crackling dialogue, that sizzles and embeds itself into your skin. Guirgis play gives you real life people, in a real life situation and makes you see the humanity in it. You may not want to see this slice of life, but Guirgis lays it bare.

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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Summer Beauty and Wellness for Her

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The summer is in full swing and we have some sizzling hot ideas to warm up your wellness and beauty shopping this season.

 Masktini’s Gold Brightening Mask

Skincare trends come and go but there is one goal that will never go out of style: the desire for radiant, glowing skin. This is the only product you need to achieve that timeless glow.

This luxurious metallic mask is formulated with ultra-stable Vitamin C and pomegranate stem cell extract to brighten and calm the skin, providing both instant radiance and long-term results.

 

Femininity 

Rich with antioxidants, Vitamins A and E, and Omegas 7, 3, and 9, this superfruit works from the inside out to make a woman feel balanced again in her most special place. It penetrates deep into your cells to saturate. After a few months the difference is felt down there as well as in your skin, hair, and nails. It’s good for your whole vibe.

Femininity supplements are a non-hormonal way openly address the many causes of dryness. Femininity offers two products made from wild and organic Himalayan Sea buckthorn berries that pack in Omega 7 plus other essential fatty acids. Choose from Smooth As Silk+ (Vitamin D3 and plant-based Omega-3 DHA) or the OG Smooth As Silk (the unadulterated pure sea buckthorn formulation).

 

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Deluvia Miracle Aloe Cream For The Softest Skin and Skin Healing

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For over 3 years I have had a skin condition Ichthyosis, where my body grows excess skin. Ichthyosis is a group of about 30 skin conditions that cause skin dryness and scaling. The condition gets its name from the Greek word for fish because the skin looks like fish scales.

People with this condition lose the protective barrier that keeps moisture in their skin. They also make new skin cells too quickly or shed old cells too slowly. This leads to a buildup of thick, scaly skin. I have mine on my rear end and it is so embarrassing even though most people can not see it. It goes from mild to out of control and there is no rhyme or reason for the condition. .

Ichthyosis can’t be cured, and I have tried every treatments and ointment. Some work, but mildly. Then I was sent Deluvia Miracle Aloe Cream ($40) sold on Amazon and ShareASale and viola not totally cleared but barely there.

This Aloe-Powered hydration is enriched with Aloe Vera, and it effectively hydrates and soothes dry, irritated skin.

It calms Eczema, Psoriasis, Burns, and more, offering targeted solutions for various skin concerns. By offering deep moisturization, it uniquely penetrates the skin, provides lasting hydration. It also reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

I understand now why they call this product a miracle.

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Wellness and Beauty in June

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June is an amazing month to feel your very best. The sun is shinning and the weather is lovely. Make yourself feel the same kind of bliss with some of our favorite things this month.

Yum Cha Tea Company

With over 250 tea varieties, Yum Cha Tea Company is at the forefront of holistic wellness with its wide assortment of delicious offerings. We fell in love with their incredible Mushroom Tea Collection. Such delicious offerings as Creamsicle Cordyceps, Forestberry Sangria and Cordyceps Chai are both original and scrumptious. Simmer and sip all of their wonderful offerings that promote wellness and comfort as well as help boost immune systems and your mental and physical health.

Nicole and Zac together out of love created this fantastic brand that also has a giveback component.

“We love bees, and we can’t live without them. We know bees are dying all over the world. Our mission is to save the bees through teaching others about how they can help,” they state. “Each year, we allocate funds from sales of all products to pay for the creation of the beehives we plant. We buy and lend gear to new students that want to learn, until they’re interested enough to buy their own. Each yard maxes out at about 25 hives at a cost of about $30 to $50 each (depending on materials and how many boxes are added). During harvest, we bring the community together, provide a honey extractor, wax removers etc so everyone can learn the full process. Students provide their own ball jars, buckets etc so they can take what they want home. We then show the students how to package the excess for retail if they wish. With every purchase, you help make all of the above happen. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

Visit HERE for more info and to order from this wonderful small business.

Amalgam

Amalgam’s Heal Thy Roots – Hair Growth Oil is a necessity when it comes to haircare and scalp routines that are the foundation for thick, luscious hair.

Rooted in a deep respect for nature’s bounty and a commitment to purity, this vegan, and cruelty-free product is thoughtfully crafted with 23 plant-based ingredients. Made with 100% natural ingredients and free of fragrance and color.

This light-weight pre-wash scalp treatment featuring an exclusive blend of exotic herbs (and zero essential oils, artificial colors, fragrances, or sulfates) is expertly formulated to accelerate new hair growth and control hair loss, leaving hair looking noticeably fuller, thicker, and healthier in a few months. The vegan formula works beautifully on all hair types, including color or chemically treated hair, and is intended for men and women.

For more information, visit HERE.

 

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The Ultimate Wellness and Beauty Summer Guide

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Summer is about to kick off in a gorgeous way.

Our ultimate annual wellness and beauty guide this season has been carefully curated with top editor picks that will bring you bliss. From beauty products to health companies, we have brought together a list of outstanding items that will shine as bright in your life as the summer sun. The time to feel and look remarkable is now.

For a Perfect Summer Glow –

Transform your skin with the power of Glutathione with Auro Skincare. Dr. Nayan Patel ’s newest venture into skincare is right on target to bring you a perfect summer glow. The line showcases products that have potent antioxidants and adaptogens delivered with the Auro GSH Antioxidant Delivery System. Transformative results are set to come your way and there is no better way to discover the power than an introduction to the company’s travel kit which highlights how you can allow your skin to absorb Glutathione and other antioxidants like Vitamin C and Resveratrol in a deeper way than ever before.

Auro Skincare is a protocol of potent antioxidant formulas powered by the patented, first-of-its-kind Auro GSH Antioxidant Delivery System. By combining powerful ingredients and technology, Auro Products penetrate to the deeper layers of your skin providing you with results powered from the inside out.

For a Perfect Summer Smile –

Davids sensitive+whitening nano-hydroxyapatite premium toothpaste with peppermint is the refreshing thing you need for an amazing smile this summer. Harnesses the regenerative power of nano-hydroxyapatite to relieve tooth sensitivity, repair enamel, remove plaque, smooth the tooth surface, and naturally whiten teeth. We love the line that focuses on safe and clean ingredients that are fluoride free and SLS free. The line also carries a great 100% medical grade stainless steel professional tongue scraper designed to lift bacteria and debris quickly to make your tongue and mouth healthier and cleaner.

For Perfect Summer Hair –

Peter Coppola is a fantastic woman-owned company named after the famous stylist who developed keratin systems, Peter Coppola. Offering more than just treatments, the company showcases a vast array of products that you will fall in love with.

Some highlights we love are Total Repair Smoothing Shampoo, which instantly repairs your hair. The deeply moisturizing sulfate-free shampoo weightlessly strengthens, smooths, and restores lackluster locks with a unique blend of Keratin and Ceramides. The protection to combat humidity of the season is fantastic along with color vibrancy throughout the day. We also love the Infusion Anti-Frizz Cream, which keeps hair tidy, shiny and soft-to-the-touch with ultra-lightweight cream. Infusion Anti-Frizz Cream keeps curls under control and cuts blow-dry time while creating a barrier to block humidity for hair that is sleek and smooth until your next shampoo.

 

NEKKO is a pioneer of scalp and hair treatments geared toward achieving healthy and voluminous results. Believing in the principle that we must not neglect the scalp’s health and vitality; they showcase products that are meant to enrich with a carefully selected blend of plant-based ingredients and amino acids, strengthen and fortify hair and scalp with regular use,

NEKKO Scalp Oil makes a difference for those with a variety of hair issues. Cold-pressed to make for a gentle peeling effect and to purify the scalp, it removes loose dandruff flakes from the hair. This unique formula also works to regulate oily scalps. Delicately cleanses and moisturizes the scalp, which is important so much more in the summer as we expose ourselves to more sweat outdoors. You will love the way your hair feels over a few weeks.

For the Perfect Summer Manicure –

Radiant Cosmetics viral Nail Growth Oil lives up to all the hype.

Founder and TikTok influencer Ruth Ismayelyan and her vegan brand have overwhelmingly captivated beauty enthusiasts for good reason. Her cuticle oil has a unique formulation that after using in a week creates a noticeable difference. Nails look shinny and they start to grow in stronger. The results are really that quick. Nourishing your nails has never been easier and the vitamins in the formula also give a great boost to your overall nail health.

Ruth’s brand has also expanded to lipsticks, lip liners, and lash and brow serums. Products are cruelty-free, paraben-free, vegan, and non-GMO.

Zoya has the perfect polish shades to achieve the classic and beachy vibe for you any day this season. From colors that elevate summer to a product that lasts and shines through with true beauty, we adore everything about this brand.

Shades such as Lillian with a faded aquamarine with a glossy cream finish and Lauren with warm, pink-kissed light beige with very fine gold and copper metallic shimmer are our favorites. They are elegant and fun. To add to the joy is the fact that Zoya is non-toxic and cruelty-free.

For Perfect Summer Social Media Posts –

KISS is set to make all your summer social media posts look radiant. The newest lash collection, designed for a “no makeup, makeup” aesthetic with full sets and a brand-new half lash style is perfect for summer. This trend is about flawlessly imperfect lashes, featuring uneven, sparsely distributed lash patterns for a remarkably natural effect.

We love the way they are easy to apply, comfortable, and incredibly easy to apply. The lash lift effect emphasizes a longer and fuller lash look. Best of all the brand is cruelty free, vegan friendly, and good for contact lens wearers.

For a Perfect Summer Body –

Nuebiome is a leading plant-based and bioferment skincare brand dedicated to harnessing the power of nature and science to deliver clean, effective beauty solutions. Formulated with potent botanical extracts and biofermented ingredients, Nuebiome products are designed to nourish the skin while respecting the planet.

We love their Prebiotic Magnesium Muscle Recovery Flakes. They are a combination of magnesium flakes for muscle relaxation, paired with prebiotic bioferments for skin balance. This salt is designed to provide a soothing and restorative experience, promoting well-being and skin vitality. Crafted with 100% magnesium chloride for a relaxing bath or foot soak.

Reveka Skincare’s Tea Tree + Peppermint Body Bar is a perfect way to find balance and beauty for your skin. Developed by a woman named Darlene who understands the deep principles of clean and healthy skincare products through the benefits of topical magnesium, this soap is a gamechanger this summer season. Reveka is crafted with clean ingredients including no preservatives or dyes and are 100% made in the U.S. The rich lather of Reveka’s soap makes it perfect for shampoo, soap, and shaving cream. It’s made with tea tree, peppermint and shea butter and will hydrate your skin to the next level.

And the best part is the Magnesium Chloride from the Ancient Zechstein Seabed. Two weeks of use and you will see the difference ass use promotes new tissue growth and can help alleviate common skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and acne.

 

For Perfect Summer Wellness Sips –

Summer is all about fabulous workout in the sun. Head to the park for a run or do yoga on the beach and know you have a perfect drink to be by your side with PWR LIFT.

The divine taste is refreshing and amps you up for an ultimate session followed by glorious recovery and hydration. This incredible electrolyte-rich, flavored protein water drink is infused with 10g whey protein and B vitamins.  Scrumptious flavors of Berry Strawberry, Lemon Lime, Blueberry Pomegranate and Orange Mango refuel you in a delicious way from head to toe. Help give your body the recovery, strength and hydration it needs with zero sugar and  be grateful to add power to your workout.

 

 

 

 

Kubo Tea is a great way to get amazing clean energy this summer. Crafted with organic green tea caffeine, their blends offer a revitalizing boost without the crash. With more caffeine than traditional teas and coffee, Kubo Tea activates your metabolism and increases energy levels. We love the taste and the pumped-up vibe without the jitters. It helps you concentrate, and you feel the amped up love during workouts and long summer walks on the beach.

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Glow Up with Anastasia Beverly Hills Beauty Balm

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Glow up! This is the ultimate beauty find.

To use the first-ever B.B. Cream in stick form, blending skincare and makeup with 8 ingredients for a radiant complexion is like waving a magic wand over your face. It sizzles with a dash of whimsical joy and everlasting effect is breathtaking.

Sheer to light coverage for a natural, glowing look comes with just a swipe – yes a simple swipe and a blend creates a divine look that will engulf you in true and divine beauty that you will forever appreciate. No skills needed. No over the top qualifications. Just blend on your skin and discover a simple product with over 4000 swipes for every stick that paints a simply gorgeous portrait on you every single time.

Feel the glow with a simply wonderful effect of glow, moisture, definition, shape and perfect pigmentation every single time you use it on every little part of your face.

Stated perfectly by the OG beauty specialist and ABH President Claudia Soare: Beauty Balm is the introduction to the future of skincare for ABH. I wanted to create something that bridges the gap between ABH and the clean customer, the intent is to welcome that customer while still being ourselves. Beauty Balm is not a 
stick foundation; it is literally tinted skin care in a stick for the first time ever. It has all the same attributes as a BB cream, 
while being in a stick form that makes it super easy to apply
at home or on-the-go. Think of it like a skincare-makeup
hybrid, it is a treatment product that happens to be tinted. It’s 
the easiest, simplest makeup that makes you look great in
two seconds. The portable component really caters to quick
and easy application. You can literally apply it in the car, it’s
that easy. You just apply it directly to skin and blend with 
fingertips, it’s like applying skincare, no brush required. It 
gives you a natural, fresh-faced look, truly the perfect ‘no 
makeup makeup’ product. I can’t wait for you to try it.”

For more information, please visit HERE.

 

 

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