Sunday, August 29, 2021

Pandemic Diary August 2021: Misty Watercolor Memories by Nicole Serratore

Me and my freshman dorm  This month marks the 28th anniversary of me moving to NYC. My boss was moving his daughter into the same NYU dorm I lived in yesterday.  While it was probably emo…

SOURCE: Mildly Bitter's Musings at 12:41PM
Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Pandemic Diary July 2021: Sad Stuff and So Much Seo In-guk by Nicole Serratore

I am Mildly Bitter. I feel like Min Yoongi is speaking my language Hello. I am a Min Yoongi stan now. It came fast and furious. I’m sad I did not discover his existence sooner. But I am h…

SOURCE: Mildly Bitter's Musings at 08:39PM
Sunday, July 4, 2021

Pandemic Diary June 2021: Revenge, Grief, and High Jumps by Nicole Serratore

I finally left New York City to visit my family who I had not seen in person since Christmas 2018. It was pretty stressful.  A plane. An airport. Unmasked people. Just so many people. A ran…

SOURCE: Mildly Bitter's Musings at 12:23PM
Sunday, May 30, 2021

Pandemic Diary May 2021: Divorce, Ballerinos, and Ghosts by Nicole Serratore

At what point does this stop being a pandemic diary? At what point does this stop being a pandemic? I started to commute to my office a few days a week. It’s been good for my mental healt…

SOURCE: Mildly Bitter's Musings at 04:50PM
Thursday, April 29, 2021

Pandemic Diary April 2021: Rabies, Vendettas, Murders by Nicole Serratore

  I celebrated reaching “immunity” by taking the subway for the first time in 395 days.  I also ate a muffin outside unmasked.  It is a slow road for me back to public interaction. …

SOURCE: Mildly Bitter's Musings at 05:29PM
Sunday, April 4, 2021

Pandemic Diary March 2021: Team Good Boy by Nicole Serratore

Spring is springing and unlike last year which was a profoundly silent time…this year New York City is full of revving motorcycles.  My dearest friend from college had a baby and despite…

SOURCE: Mildly Bitter's Musings at 03:07PM
Sunday, March 14, 2021

Pandemic Diary February 2021: 12 Months of Blogging by Nicole Serratore

It’s been a fucking year. And I don’t know what I am supposed to tell this pandemic diary…except I didn’t really think when this started, we’d get here. I started counting the days…

SOURCE: Mildly Bitter's Musings at 03:53PM
Sunday, February 7, 2021

Pandemic Diary January 2021: Monsters and Meanies by Nicole Serratore

I felt oddly positive this month despite it getting colder and making it harder to socialize at all. Virus numbers were going up, but the vaccine roll-out began. Sure there was an insurrecti…

SOURCE: Mildly Bitter's Musings at 07:26PM
Sunday, January 3, 2021

Pandemic Diary December: Getting Out of 2020 by Nicole Serratore

While the pandemic is far from over and our lives are not going to magically change as the clock strikes midnight on December 31, 2020, there is still something deeply satisfying with puttin…

SOURCE: Mildly Bitter's Musings at 01:52PM
Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Pandemic Diary November: Happy Birthday To Me by Nicole Serratore

A birthday present to myself In March, I did not think I’d be having my November birthday during the pandemic. And yet, I did. Alone in my apartment. Eating a cupcake. Middle age is for …

SOURCE: Mildly Bitter's Musings at 10:07AM
Monday, November 9, 2020

Pandemic Diary October: History and Gender Roles by Nicole Serratore

What is time anymore? October was a week ago and I cannot even conjure in my mind what it looked it. Looking at my calendar, I packed up my office for an office move. I went to a beer garden…

SOURCE: Mildly Bitter's Musings at 07:23PM
Sunday, October 4, 2020

Pandemic Diary September: Half A Year by Nicole Serratore

The pandemic has changed me. It took away a lot of things I loved—travel, live performance, a writing career, and an overstuffed life. My life got small really quickly. It also got slower,…

SOURCE: Mildly Bitter's Musings at 01:55PM
Saturday, August 29, 2020

Pandemic Diary August: Zombies, Lawyers, and Sexual Tension by Nicole Serratore

August has been heavily defined by suddenly having homework to do. I signed up for a Korean language class and now I make a lot of flashcards and recite them walking down the street. My brai…

SOURCE: Mildly Bitter's Musings at 03:36PM
Sunday, August 2, 2020

My Favorite K-Dramas Ranked by Nicole Serratore

Just to keep a ranking of the shows I've blogged about...all subject to change:  1) Crash Landing On You: Just the perfect blend of comedy, drama, and romance with a narrative that sustain…

SOURCE: Mildly Bitter's Musings at 02:20PM

Pandemic Diary July: Wounded Men, Questionable Healing by Nicole Serratore

In July, I fell into FOUR shows which involved men with traumatic childhoods and the women who patiently put up with their nonsense and fall in love with them so they can heal. The woman may…

SOURCE: Mildly Bitter's Musings at 02:14PM

Pandemic Diary July: Goblins, Kings, and No Zombies by Nicole Serratore

July was packed with personal self-care. I found a new therapist and said goodbye to my old elliptical machine. I hilariously tried to stop the elliptical from squeaking with a series of lub…

SOURCE: Mildly Bitter's Musings at 02:14PM
Sunday, June 28, 2020

Pandemic Diary June: Characters Filled with Fight by Nicole Serratore

I’ve felt quite precious about some of the shows I’ve been watching during the pandemic. Something about the vulnerability of the characters has made me protective of them. Maybe my hea…

SOURCE: Mildly Bitter's Musings at 05:25PM
Friday, June 12, 2020

Pandemic Diary May: Grasping for K-Drama Straws by Nicole Serratore

Things I learned watching K-dramas My TV viewing in May was all over the map. This is probably a sign I'm not doing as well as I think I am doing. My brain pinging from place to place as I…

SOURCE: Mildly Bitter's Musings at 08:51PM
Sunday, May 31, 2020

Pandemic Diary April: Mr. Sunshine by Nicole Serratore

The one day I went for a big walk. If March was a month of bittersweet longing (served up by Crash Landing On You) then April, when I started watching Mr. Sunshine, was more serious and…

SOURCE: Mildly Bitter's Musings at 12:11PM
Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Pandemic Diary March: Crash Landing on You by Nicole Serratore

Talking someone into watching Crash Landing On You March was the hardest month of the pandemic for me. Someone in my building was hospitalized with COVID-19 very early in the month. From …

SOURCE: Mildly Bitter's Musings at 09:27PM
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Top 10 of 2019 by Nicole Serratore

By the numbers for 2019:174 shows seen (down from 203 last year)27% of work seen by artists of color (up from 25% last year) 62% of work seen by underrepresented artists (up from 50% last ye…

SOURCE: Mildly Bitter's Musings at 08:55PM
Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Top 10 of 2018 by Nicole Serratore

This tends to be the place where I've kept track of my yearly theater stats. And this year felt like a lot of work so I counted out what I did.203 shows seen (not counting duplicate visits)2…

SOURCE: Mildly Bitter's Musings at 01:26PM
Sunday, July 15, 2018

Boys in the Band: Still Relevant After All These Years by Nicole Serratore

(Photo: Joan Marcus)Mart Crowley’s 1968 landmark play about gay men in New York does not feel like a 50 year-old play. While the film (from 1970) version is camp and heavy-handed, this pro…

SOURCE: Mildly Bitter's Musings at 09:12PM
Sunday, April 1, 2018

Angels in America: Revisited by Nicole Serratore

Leaving Angels in America, I tingle. I am covered in tears and exhaling joy. The time has passed quickly. None of it has felt laborious. And I carry with me the feeling of religious devotion…

SOURCE: Mildly Bitter's Musings at 06:41PM
Sunday, December 31, 2017

Top 10 of 2016: UK edition by Nicole Serratore

Due to job woes I was not able to get over to the UK much this year.  So really...my list is a Top 10 of Edinburgh.1. Joan2. Lucy McCormick's Triple Threat3. Us/Them4. Letters to Windso…

SOURCE: Mildly Bitter's Musings at 07:18PM

Top 10 of 2017 (US and UK edition) by Nicole Serratore

Since I did not end up going to Edinburgh this year I did not have enough shows in the UK to make a separate top 10 list.  So I'm combining US and UK shows this year because it's my lis…

SOURCE: Mildly Bitter's Musings at 06:27PM
Saturday, August 19, 2017

A Piece of Work: A Text of Hamlet Remixed by Nicole Serratore

Preserving performance is a challenge. How do you document multi-faceted work that involves sound, light, text, bodies, and music? Video may take images of it but rarely captures it. For Ann…

SOURCE: Mildly Bitter's Musings at 02:00PM
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Angels In America: Home Again by Nicole Serratore

Andrew Garfield in Angels in America (Photo: Helen Maybanks)Sometimes a show is a time capsule to another part of your life. I saw Tony Kushner’s Angels in America on Broadway just after I…

SOURCE: Mildly Bitter's Musings at 09:59PM
Sunday, July 9, 2017

Memory and Memorial: Come from Away and Villa by Nicole Serratore

Photo: Play Co.Guillermo Calderón's play Villa is about three women asked to resolve the impossible--how should they treat the remains of General Pinochet's demolished Villa Grimaldi, …

SOURCE: Mildly Bitter's Musings at 06:20PM

The Ferryman: Everything and Nothing by Nicole Serratore

(Photo: Johan Persson)Can a play be both rich and slight?  Jez Butterworth's The Ferryman makes me believe so. Set in Armagh, Northern Ireland in 1981, it is inevitable that The Fe…

SOURCE: Mildly Bitter's Musings at 05:48PM
Thursday, June 29, 2017

My Personal Fake Obie Awards by Nicole Serratore

We ended up not doing this piece for Exeunt...but I had these fake Obie awards that I wanted to give out for work in 2016 so I thought I would share. Best Play About Economic AnxietyDominque…

SOURCE: Mildly Bitter's Musings at 09:50AM

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