Category Archives: Family

Giving Thanks.

Dear Friends,

We wanted to take a moment to wish you and your family a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving.

The tradition was started in the year 1621 when the surviving Pilgrims on the Mayflower celebrated a fruitful harvest and 90 members of a neighboring Wampanoag tribe joined in the celebration and feast. It was first declared a holiday by the Continental Congress in 1777.

While the holiday has changed significantly over the last 400 years, we hope that however you may celebrate, the spirit of thankfulness and love for our neighbors will rule the day.

Imagine how different our country might have been if the Wampanoag had refused to help the Pilgrims that first winter?

It seems today, more than ever, we all could use a little reminding of our history in this country and that apart from a very small minority of Americans, everyone’s ancestors hailed from some place far away. But let us not speak of politics, let us focus on the positive, on the love, and on the spirit of what Thanksgiving means.

 

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You can read more about the details of the first Thanksgiving, including all the names of the Pilgrims in attendance of that first fateful meal by clicking here.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Philip & Marilyn Langner

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The Cat’s Meow

Dear Friends,

After reading an article in the New York Post, today we wanted to set aside the theatre and discuss something even more important in our lives.

Cats.

No, not the musical. But actual cats. We have four of these lovable and amazing creatures, who bring so much joy to our lives. We have often looked at them and wondered how better to communicate with them and now researcher Susanne Schötz is helping us. She is a professor at Lund University in Sweden and her new book, The Secret Language of Cats, will be released on November 6th.

In The Secret Language of Cats, Schötz offers a crash course in the phonetic study of cat sounds. She introduces us to the full range of feline vocalizations and explains what they can mean in different situations, and she gives practical tips to help us understand our cats better.

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It is translated into English by Peter Kuras and is available for pre-order on Amazon right now by clicking here.

And to leave you with a bit of cuteness during all the political ugliness right now, we thought we’d share some pictures of our four cats. Their names are Dorothy Parker (we got her at the Algonquin Hotel), Ondine, Juliet, and McClain Stevenson.

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Best wishes,
Philip & Marilyn Langner

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Summer Update

Dear Friends,

We hope this finds you well and enjoying your summer! We cannot believe how quickly it has passed by—but here we are in mid-August and we wanted to share with you a few updates.

Our new play Adoption Roulette, which we are featuring for our Centennial Celebrations next year, will be having readings in Connecticut in the next few weeks. We are so excited that there has been so much interest and support in this important play about a Connecticut couple trying to adopt a child in Russia. It is good, and we cannot wait to move it forward! In addition to readings, we are actively looking for an actress to play the main character. More details as things progress.

In other news, it’s that time of the year when we pack it up and head down the coast with our family for a bit of r&r before our granddaughters go back to school. During this time, we’ll take the opportunity to resend some past Newsletters of interest.

That’s the news from here!

Happy summer!
Philip & Marilyn

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Spreading The Word of The Musical

Dear Friends,

As our Twitter followers know, last week we braved the cold, rainy New York weather and went to see one of the most popular shows on Broadway: The Book of Mormon.

We won lottery tickets and thought we’d take the opportunity to share our love of musicals with our granddaughters.book of mormon 2

The show was entertaining and kept the audience laughing throughout! Although I (Philip) do have to confess, of all the billions of ideas for a musical—I would have never imagined one about Mormon missionaries to Africa could be so successful!

As Ben Brantley from NY Times explains in his latest review:

But gosh darn it if I didn’t feel born again all over again, ready to spread the word about the faith that this show preaches and, more important, practices. I do not mean the religion of the followers of Joseph Smith, which is so scrupulously disassembled here, but the holy faith of musical comedy, into which my mama baptized me before I could walk.

You can read Mr. Brantley’s full interview here.

The Book of Mormon is currently showing at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre at 230 49th Street. To learn more and/or purchase tickets, click here.

We know that our granddaughters had a marvelous time and could not stop talking about it—so the evening was a success!

Best regards,
Philip & Marilyn

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Summer Vacation!

Dear Friends,

It’s that time of the year—the last weeks of summer when we pack up and head down to the Jersey Shore with our daughter and two granddaughters for 10 days of beachside views and a happy vacation!

As we do every year, we thought we would repost a couple of our favorite newsletters that we have shared with you in the past, so that our newest members can read them as well.  But first we thought we’d leave you with a picture of one of our cats, Undine, who is obviously ready for vacation!

Best regards!
Philip & Marilyn

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Affordable Tickets

Hello Friends!

As our granddaughters finish up the last of their finals, we have been pondering what fun things to do with them this summer.  Of course, we’d love to take them to as many plays/musicals as we can, however, as we’ve mentioned in previous articles—the ticket prices have skyrocketed!

Just the other day, we were looking at tickets for us, our daughter, and granddaughters and the total price was $680!

For that price, the five of us can go to seven movies—including the outrageously priced popcorn and drinks!  It baffles us to think about how crazy these ticket prices have gotten.

In an effort to keep theatre available to everyone, we have been searching for ways to purchase less expensive tickets and wanted to share with you some websites that we found.

Of course, there is always TKTS, if you’re willing to stand in the line.  But there are more.  Did you know that most shows offer rush and lottery tickets?  New York Show Tickets  updates the daily schedule and pricing of these tickets (just click on their name to see the daily schedule).  This seem to be the least expensive way to see any of the Broadway shows.  However, there is no certainty that you will see the show you want on the night you are wanting—so you need patience and flexibility for this option.

We think the best option for you is to find discount codes for the shows that you want to see.  Although don’t tell everyone you’re seeing Hamilton just yet—not all the shows offer these discount codes.  New York Show Tickets has the most up-to-date list.  Click here.  

If you want to purchase tickets with this discount plan, you will need a membership which is $4 for a 30-day period.  Learn more by clicking here.

We’d love to hear from you about your favorite places to get discounted tickets!

Happy Summer!
Philip & Marilyn Langner

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New Additions To Our Home Office!

Dear Friends,

We recently rescued three of the cutest kittens and they are just fantastic!  They are so full of energy and curiosity that it is sometimes hard to focus on work.  And they absolutely love spending time in our work baskets!

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Juliet and Troll “inspecting” the mail

They are such a delight and make everyone so happy that the occasional pause to ohhh and ahhh over any (or all) of the kittens is well worth it.

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Undine fiercely guards the To-Do Box!

Although we would be remiss to mention there is one “person” not happy with our new additions to the family:  our darling cat, Dorothy Parker.  Mostly she just glares at the little whippersnappers with the aloof distain that tends to earn cats their stand-offish demeanor!

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Oi! These kittens wear me out…I need a nap!

Life in a home office!  Isn’t it grand?!?

Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn with Dorothy Parker, Juliet, Undine, and Troll

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The Beach is Calling!

Dear Friends,

It’s that fabulous time of year when summer winds down and we have only a short bit of time before the school year and theatre season starts.  So we do what we always do:  pack our bags and our granddaughters and head down to the beach!

It’s a little spot not too far away, however, it feels like it is a world away from the hustle and bustle of New York City.  We use the time to do a lot of reading, listening to waves, and spending time with the family.

Of course not to leave you without, we will be reposting some of our earlier stuff in case you missed it the first time around.

Until we return—we hope you enjoy these last few weeks of summer!

PL and MC

Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn

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Remembrances

Dear Friends,

We’d like to wish you a Happy Memorial Day!

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Having served during WWII, this day is poignant.  Marilyn and I are very thankful for all the soldiers who have served and fought to protect our freedoms.  While we haven’t always agreed with the politics of war, we have always supported our troops.  Today, we remember them.

Best regards,

Philip (US Navy)

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Dear Friends,

We just wanted to take a quick moment to wish all of our dear Theatre Guild members who are mothers a very Happy Mother’s Day!

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Happy Mother’s Day!

We thank you for being with us!

We also wanted to share with you a darling picture of our beloved Dorothy Parker, who really embodies the spirit of what we like to call “Home Office”!

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Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn Langner

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