Angels in America: Millenium Approaches at The Wilma Theater

poster for Angels in America: Millennium Approaches (1993) by Tony Kushner Twenty years ago, Tony Kushner’s play in two parts, Angels in America: A Gay Fantasy on National Themes won two Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Twenty years. Wow.

And so it was with much anticipation that I went to last night’s performance of part one, Millenium Approaches at The Wilma Theater on Broad Street. I will see part two, Perestroika tonight. My next post will be a review of part two.

As I sat waiting for the show to begin I noticed that much of the audience surrounding me were young people, probably not yet born when this ground-breaking play premiered. As much as I looked forward to seeing The Wilma Theatre’s new production of both parts of this play, I wondered how it would hold up. Now I worried that all of  its references would be completely lost on a generation too young to remember Ronald Reagan or the height of the AIDS epidemic, or what it was like to be in the closet. [Ed. note: Happy National Coming Out Day!] I wanted to like this production, and I was afraid the rest of the audience wouldn’t get it. (The Wilma’s dramaturge provides helpful notes and a timeline in the program and online here and here.) Continue reading

Snackaby Reusable Snack Bags (Review/Interview)


Snackaby reusable sandwich and snack bags

Snackabies reusable sandwich and snack bags were created by two moms as an alternative to disposable plastic bags. Available on Etsy.

If you’re anything like me, you feel a twinge of guilt every time you reach into that little box for another plastic zipper snack bag. And I usually justify using yet another new plastic bag by telling myself that I’ll rinse it out and reuse it. Even though I hate rinsing and drying them, and I probably only do it less than 10% of the time.  I really do want to do what I can to live a greener life. But the low cost of those little yellow boxes of convenience mean that almost every day I’m adding another piece of plastic to the waste stream that ends in a landfill. But not anymore… Read on for my review of the Snackaby Reusable Sandwich and Snack Bags, and the story of how their creators have more in mind than how to keep your apple slices from browning. Continue reading

Thanksgiving Isn’t Easy

turkey-and-santa-cartoon-november-my-month Thanksgiving used to be one of my favorite holidays. I can say that because I’m old enough to remember a time when it was a holiday free of commercial excess. Christmas decorations and holiday sales wouldn’t start for another week or so after Thanksgiving. It was just a time for all of the family to gather at my grandparent’s house for great cooking and family togetherness. Continue reading