Author: Ilona Quasha

MoMA’s Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait

In my enthusiasm to respond to an invitation to visit MoMA’s new Louise Bourgeois show in early hours last month, I didn’t check the fine print. I expected to be admiring large sculptural spiders in solitude, but instead realized this …Read More

Torch Song

We didn’t see the original “Torch Song,” so I was tempted by 2nd Stage’s current production, especially with Michael Urie. This story seemed like a big part of NYC history and theater and, once we heard it is now quite …Read More

The Golden Apple

We’d heard that New York City Center’s Encores! production of “The Golden Apple” was a cult musical — a critical success in 1954, a commercial flop. Not sure any of that matters today, six decades later. It is fun, funky, …Read More

Kips Bay Decorator Show House

We spun quickly through this year’s Kips Bay Decorator Show House in a wide building (the former China Institute) at 125 E 65th St. It is probably worth seeing for the soignée dining room alone, which is a sensory overload …Read More


This small restaurant, Bessou, in NoHo offers Japanese food with modern twists, all served up with excellent service and barley tea. We enjoyed miso-marinated chicken (weekends only, and the “whole bird” option is quite a hefty serving) and fried chicken …Read More

How To Transcend a Happy Marriage

“How to Transcend a Happy Marriage,” at the Lincoln Center Theater for a few more days, reminds some people of the movie “The Big Chill.” As I was never able to make it through that entire movie, I suppose that …Read More

Why Pictures Now — Louise Lawler at MoMA

Photographer Louise Lawler has her first NY museum retrospective, at MoMA currently. The exhibit is up through the end of July, so you have time to see this wryly witty show. The retrospective is entitled “Why Pictures Now” (which is …Read More


Is it fair to judge a new restaurant after just one dinner there, on one of their first evenings after their “soft” opening? I thought that Majorelle deserved at least a second look, so we returned recently after they’ve had …Read More

The Hairy Ape

We just saw the current production of Eugene O’Neill’s prize-winning play “The Hairy Ape” at the Park Avenue Armory. Bobby Cannavale is absolutely perfectly cast as Yank. His performance alone may be reason enough to see this. Paddy is also …Read More

Franschhoek Motor Museum

Alongside all the delicious food and wine, and gorgeous views, in the Cape Winelands in South Africa, you could add in a little motoring culture to your visit. Situated in the midst of a gorgeous estate is the Franschhoek Motor …Read More

Francis Picabia

The fabulous subtitle of this MoMA exhibit is apparently a quote of the artist’s: “Our Heads are Round so Our Thoughts Can Change Direction” – and indeed, walking through this show will have your thoughts changing direction frequently. The exhibit …Read More

Letter from Stellenbosch

      Some notes from our trip to South Africa’s wine country: *Uva Mira winery, in Stellenbosch, South Africa: this is a gem of a winery to visit in the Cape Winelands. Their wines are not well-known (and not …Read More

Beauty Queen of Leenane

                      Much of the audience probably walks into “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” at BAM knowing that they’re about to witness the dark workings of a dysfunctional Irish mother-daughter relationship. …Read More