Wednesday, February 02, 2005

THE DRAMA OF DATING

My new article, "The Drama of Dating," is now online at the Jewish Week website.
(NY Jewish Week, 02/04/05)

And oh, how I wish they had called me before they cut a phrase from my original opening (reproduced here for your convenience):

"Curtain up! Light the lights!" "It’s time to put on makeup, it’s time to dress up right!" It is here, somewhere between a Broadway show’s clarion anthem and the whimsical pre-curtain preparation and onstage goofiness of "The Muppet Show," that we encounter the drama of our dating lives.

Click here to read the whole article.

7 Comments:

At 12:08 AM, February 03, 2005, Blogger PetiteDov said...

Did you meet Molly Ringwald?

 
At 1:04 AM, February 03, 2005, Blogger Esther Kustanowitz said...

Unfortunately, I didn't meet her. I meant to write up my reflections on the play, but the article had to come first.

In short, I thought she was great in that role (same old Molly voice we remember, but with a maturity that was kind of nice to see--kind of like knowing someone since you were a kid and seeing them come into their own as an adult, a bat mitzvah gets married, so to speak).

The play as a whole--not so good. And even more painful was the Q&A afterwards. Jason Biggs is a really good improviser, so he was good. Molly looked like she couldn't WAIT to get out of there. And who could blame her...people were asking idiotic questions and non-questions. I'll definitely write my account after this next deadline is over...

 
At 9:38 AM, February 03, 2005, Blogger melinama said...

I think the reason there are only females going to these shows is that guys don't want to advertise their singleness.

 
At 10:02 AM, February 03, 2005, Blogger Esther Kustanowitz said...

Melinama, you really think so? I don't think that this culture makes women particularly proud to proclaim their singlehood.

I don't remember where you're writing from, but in NYC, there seem to be thousands of us milling about, but not connecting...

 
At 2:52 PM, February 03, 2005, Blogger Coelecanth said...

Wonderful article. An great conceit well executed. Love the phrase: "we highlight the cheekbones of our personalities".

What's wrong with single Jewish guys!? I would've killed to be in a situation where the single women outnumbered me like that. The M/F ratio in the alternative music community was almost exactly the opposite. Many was the time in my bachelorhood where I'd look around a gig and say "Where are the women?"

 
At 8:02 PM, February 03, 2005, Blogger Lyss said...

Brilliantly put. I often think of drama rituals when out in a restaurant watching 2 people who you just know are on a first date.

 
At 11:36 AM, March 01, 2005, Anonymous BKLYNjewishBOY said...

an answer to the m/f ratio issue is events at Makor on the UWS. Most of the events are pretty evenly matched. It's also less the stuffy pressure of singles events. ITs really more like events attended by single people, which is nice. I've been to a couple events there this winter and had a great time, met some great people...just thought I'd throw that out to everyone...

 

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Wednesday, February 02, 2005

THE DRAMA OF DATING

My new article, "The Drama of Dating," is now online at the Jewish Week website.
(NY Jewish Week, 02/04/05)

And oh, how I wish they had called me before they cut a phrase from my original opening (reproduced here for your convenience):

"Curtain up! Light the lights!" "It’s time to put on makeup, it’s time to dress up right!" It is here, somewhere between a Broadway show’s clarion anthem and the whimsical pre-curtain preparation and onstage goofiness of "The Muppet Show," that we encounter the drama of our dating lives.

Click here to read the whole article.

7 Comments:

At 12:08 AM, February 03, 2005, Blogger PetiteDov said...

Did you meet Molly Ringwald?

 
At 1:04 AM, February 03, 2005, Blogger Esther Kustanowitz said...

Unfortunately, I didn't meet her. I meant to write up my reflections on the play, but the article had to come first.

In short, I thought she was great in that role (same old Molly voice we remember, but with a maturity that was kind of nice to see--kind of like knowing someone since you were a kid and seeing them come into their own as an adult, a bat mitzvah gets married, so to speak).

The play as a whole--not so good. And even more painful was the Q&A afterwards. Jason Biggs is a really good improviser, so he was good. Molly looked like she couldn't WAIT to get out of there. And who could blame her...people were asking idiotic questions and non-questions. I'll definitely write my account after this next deadline is over...

 
At 9:38 AM, February 03, 2005, Blogger melinama said...

I think the reason there are only females going to these shows is that guys don't want to advertise their singleness.

 
At 10:02 AM, February 03, 2005, Blogger Esther Kustanowitz said...

Melinama, you really think so? I don't think that this culture makes women particularly proud to proclaim their singlehood.

I don't remember where you're writing from, but in NYC, there seem to be thousands of us milling about, but not connecting...

 
At 2:52 PM, February 03, 2005, Blogger Coelecanth said...

Wonderful article. An great conceit well executed. Love the phrase: "we highlight the cheekbones of our personalities".

What's wrong with single Jewish guys!? I would've killed to be in a situation where the single women outnumbered me like that. The M/F ratio in the alternative music community was almost exactly the opposite. Many was the time in my bachelorhood where I'd look around a gig and say "Where are the women?"

 
At 8:02 PM, February 03, 2005, Blogger Lyss said...

Brilliantly put. I often think of drama rituals when out in a restaurant watching 2 people who you just know are on a first date.

 
At 11:36 AM, March 01, 2005, Anonymous BKLYNjewishBOY said...

an answer to the m/f ratio issue is events at Makor on the UWS. Most of the events are pretty evenly matched. It's also less the stuffy pressure of singles events. ITs really more like events attended by single people, which is nice. I've been to a couple events there this winter and had a great time, met some great people...just thought I'd throw that out to everyone...

 

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