Sunday, February 13, 2005

Golda's Balcony

I saw this one-woman show in New York City on Broadway last May and again today in Los Angeles at the Wadsworth Theatre on Wilshire Boulevard. Tovah Feldshuh knocked it out of the park once again in her Tony nominated performance as Golda Meir. What was an added bonus this time was the sale of a DVD documentary (could be signed by Tovah) on the making of the play, including the extensive research Tovah did (interviews with key figures, the author, backstage preparing, etc.). Yes, I bought it. Can't wait to see it! Anyway, they've added more performances, so if you live in the area, I highly recommend you call right away and try to see it. The show will be touring eventually but not with Tovah -- instead it will have Patty Duke in the lead role.


At 9:16 PM, Blogger American On Line said...

DVD sounds so interesting that I checked it out at Amazon only to learn that Journey to Golda's Balcony usually ships within 2 to 4 weeks!!

Know of any other place to order it from?

At 9:17 PM, Blogger American On Line said...

At 9:48 PM, Blogger Esther said...

Don't you rock for even finding the name of it! I'm feeling unbelievably flaccid this evening and couldn't even drag my ass off the couch to look at the DVD and write the exact name of it. I'm pathetic. But it's Sunday. Not that it's a great excuse but... ;) OK, I'll stop now. Thanks for finding that Marty!

At 8:58 AM, Blogger RomanWanderer said...

I would like to see it. Can't right now though. And I'm endlessly jealous of Marty! "Good book? Ok, I'll order it. Good DVD? Here's my Amazon account!"
Oh well, like I said on gindy's blog, someone spiked my coffee.

At 9:04 AM, Blogger Esther said...

Maybe Marty can put us on his account! ;)

RW... awwwww, you okay today? I relate to coffee problems but mine is I'm going cold turkey this week -- to see if I feel any better. I'm going to miss it though.

At 11:42 AM, Blogger American On Line said...

oy vey, ok, email me for info!!

Caffeine and your Health
Important: This information was excerpted from several sources, no claims are made to its accuracy. The FAQ mantainer is not a medical doctor and cannot vouch for the accuracy of this information.

Caffeine Withdrawal: Procedures and Symptoms.

How to cut caffeine intake?
Most people report a very good success ratio by cutting down caffeine intake at the rate of 1/2 cup of coffee a day. This is known as Caffeine Fading. Alternatively you might try reducing coffee intake in discrete steps of two-five cups of coffee less per week (depending on how high is your initial intake). If you are drinking more than 10 cups of coffee a day, you should seriously consider cutting down.
The best way to proceed is to consume caffeine regularly for a week, while keeping a precise log of the times and amounts of caffeine intake (remember that chocolate, tea, soda beverages and many headache pills contain caffeine as well as coffee). At the end of the week proceed to reduce your coffee intake at the rate recommended above. Remember to have substitutes available for drinking: if you are not going to have a hot cup of coffee at your 10 minute break, you might consider having hot chocolate or herbal tea, but NOT decaff, since decaff has also been shown to be addictive. This should take you through the works without much problem.

Some other people quit cold turkey. Withdrawal symptoms are quite nasty this way (see section below) but they can usually be countered with lots of sleep and exercise. Many people report being able to stop drinking caffeine almost cold-turkey while on holidays on the beach. If quitting cold turkey is proving too hard even in the beach, drinking a coke might help.

What are the symptoms of caffeine withdrawal?
Regular caffeine consumption reduces sensitivity to caffeine. When caffeine intake is reduced, the body becomes oversensitive to adenosine. In response to this oversensitiveness, blood pressure drops dramatically, causing an excess of blood in the head (though not necessarily on the brain), leading to a headache.

This headache, well known among coffee drinkers, usually lasts from one to five days, and can be alleviated with analgesics such as aspirin. It is also alleviated with caffeine intake (in fact several analgesics contain caffeine dosages).

Often, people who are reducing caffeine intake report being irritable, unable to work, nervous, restless, and feeling sleepy, as well as having a headache. In extreme cases, nausea and vomiting has also been reported.


Caffeine and Health. J. E. James, Academic Press, 1991. Progress in Clinical and Biological Research Volume 158. G. A. Spiller, Ed. Alan R. Liss Inc, 1984.

At 11:43 AM, Blogger American On Line said...

Caffeine Addiction and Withdrawal

Even small amounts may produce symptoms

At 11:46 AM, Blogger RomanWanderer said...

Lol Marty. I've already cut down on coffee but I'm nervous about an upcoming date so I've had 4 mugs in a row so far today. Or maybe 5.

At 11:54 AM, Blogger Esther said...

Hope the date goes well, RW!! Fingers crossed!

Marty, you are so sweet. I was kidding that I wanted you to bankroll my dvd/book purchases, lol.

And thanks for the coffee info. I'm really not a heavy drinker. I have one cup of espresso (with hazelnut coffeemate!--which is really what i love) every morning. That's it. But (and this might be more info that most of you need), I have acid issues and am not supposed to have caffeine. My boyfriend thinks decaf is a sacrilege and won't allow his precious machine to be contaminated (tho he did ask that I point out that he bought my favorite dessert for tonight, lest you all think he's a horrible person). Anyway, so that's the long way of saying why I have to go cold turkey. If I don't feel any different in a week, I'm putting the coffee back in!


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