When we lived in London, I made a point of going to the theater as often as possible.  Most of the time I went alone, but when we learned about Punchdrunk's presentation of Goethe's Faust, Rob was finally as excited as I was about theater.  

Theater in the hands of Punchdrunk is like nothing I had ever seen before.  Rather than sitting and watching a performance, you are part of it ("immersive theater" as described by Punchdrunk) - you enter a formerly abandoned space that has been transformed into the world of the performance.  Rather than watching the show chronologically, you wander around to view pieces of the story and to investigate and discover the story for yourself.  You are encouraged to read letters, eavesdrop on conversations, look in drawers... and the end result is a bit unnerving and much more interesting than normal theater.  Oh, you also are asked not to speak and you must wear a mask.  The anonymity truly makes the experience.  

I will confess that I was reminded about Punchdrunk after watching last week's episode of Gossip Girl where the cast goes to see Sleep No More, which is currently showing at the formerly-abandoned McKittrick Hotel in New York City.  You can read the NY Times review here.  If you live in or near Manhattan, this is not to be missed!

C. Wonder


Oh, New York City.  There isn't much that I miss about life in a real city, but I do miss the shopping.  It isn't that you can't buy things here, but I miss walking from one store to the next and being able to wander all day into cute boutiques with breaks for delicious pastries and coffee.  On Saturday, I spent a wonderful afternoon in SoHo with my dear friend B.  We always carve out time for a shopping excursion when we see each other and this time I was determined to hit a few spots that were new to me in New York.  I will confess that I even created a Google Map of places to visit (embarrassing, I know).

One stop was at a store that just opened in SoHo called C. Wonder.  There online boutique is not yet up and running, but if you find yourself in SoHo (72 Spring Street @ Crosby) you should definitely check out this brightly-decorated, reasonably-priced new store.  In my opinion, it is a little bit Tory Burch, Kate Spade and J.Crew all rolled into one -- and less expensive (miraculous).  They have fun accessories, great classic pieces (I emerged with a nice black cardigan) and fun housewares.  Soon all of their products will be available online!

You can read more about C. Wonder in this month's Lonny Mag and see additional images on this Sneak Peek provided by Kevin Sharkey at Martha Stewart.  Image credits to Kevin Sharkey and C. Wonder.

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