Resilience and Myself in the Time of COVID-19

Resilience and Myself in the Time of COVID-19 By Steven Ross LCSW RSW NASM One morning in mid-March, I woke up in my bedroom in NYC, and thought, well, this isn’t looking very good. I had just flown into the city about five days prior from Toronto for a weekend of work and theatre. I’ve…

In Canada, Watching TVO’s “The Fruit Machine” Through Tears

The TV Experience: TVO’s “The Fruit Machine” documentary By Ross Many people have a view of Canada that I must admit I readily enable and support during my 30+ years living in New York City and Los Angeles. It’s the idea that as a country, we are a forward-thinking progressive society and accepting of others,…

A Restaurant Review: Paname, A Parisian Holiday on the UES.

A Restaurant Review: Paname, A Parisian Holiday on the UES. By Ross Chef Bernard Ros, an executive chef and restaurateur in New York City for decades, launched his latest French bistro, Paname (1068 2nd Ave, NYC) a few years ago on an unlikely block on 2nd Avenue and E57th St. His last restaurant, Meli Melo,…

The Weasel and The Porcupine. 

The Weasel and the Porcupine.  By Steven Ross LCSW There once was a weasel who met a beautiful sweet faced porcupine. He fell in love with that sweet faced porcupine and the porcupine fell in love with the weasel. The weasel could tell he was a bit sad and a bit hurt by the world…

Pericles – Born in a Tempest: Masterfully Surviving a Potential Storm.

Jacques Roy. Photo by Al Foote III. Pericles – Born in a Tempest: Masterfully Surviving a Potential Storm. By Ross Written at least in part by William Shakespeare and included in most modern editions of his collected works despite questions over its authorship, Hunger & Thirst Theatre in collaboration with The Guerrilla Shakespeare Project (GSP) have taken this engaging…

M. Butterfly: The Western Man Says “Yes?”

M. Butterfly: The Western Man Says “Yes?” By Ross In some ways, I think I’m very lucky. At least in this one particular way that I have never seen M. Butterfly on stage before this evening (nor have I seen the 1993 film starring Jeremy Irons). Not that I wouldn’t have most likely loved the Tony Award winning Best…

A Bloody Good Slice of Squeamish For A One Woman Show.

Alison Fraser. All Photos by Maria Baranova. A Bloody Good Slice of Squeamish For A One Woman Show. By Ross What is it that makes you Squeamish? Is it the bloody red hand-print on the poster for this new play written and directed by Aaron Mark? It certainly is arresting, eye-catching, and provocative, but doesn’t exactly make me Squeamish….

Dolores Claiborne: An Accident Can Be A Theatre Junkie’s Best Friend.

New York City Opera production of Dolores Claiborne, composed by Tobias Picker. Lisa Chaves (seated center), Jessica Tyler Wright (standing right). Photo by Lisa Chaves. Dolores Claiborne: An Accident Can Be A Theatre Junkie’s Best Friend. By Ross This is a bit of a stretch I must say. What I mean, is that today, I’ll be giving…

Knives in Hens: The Cool Hard Stone and The Quest for More.

Shane Taylor and Robyn Kerr in KNIVES IN HENS at 59E59 Theaters. Photo by Carol Rosegg. Knives in Hens: The Cool Hard Stone and The Quest for More. By Ross Considered by many across Europe to be a modern Scottish classic, this atmospheric fable from 1996 that first premiered at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh is a…