by Rob Taub Eugene O’Neill knew my grandfather.  He didn’t know him personally, but when I saw my first production of The Iceman Cometh 45 years ago, as soon as the character Hugo spoke, I turned to my grandmother and said, “Grandpa.” My grandfather was a successful businessman who came to America from Russia in the early 1900’s and – like Hugo — routinely subjected me to all kinds of socialist and anarchist rants, which he insisted I record on an old fashioned Webcor reel to reel machine.  This was in the 1960’s when I was in grade school and I spent a great dealRead More →

photo: David Andrako by Rob Taub I don’t like to be one of those people that launches a sentence with the phrase, “Years ago,” but years ago, finding great live music in New York City was about as simple as finding – well – a shoe shine stand. I can easily recall a Monday night in 1978 when I was fresh out of college and walking down Seventh Avenue right below 23rd Street with a group of friends, going from one jazz club to another and seeing great artists play my favorite music. Today those venues are about as rare as an oasis in the desert,Read More →

by Rob Taub It’s appropriate that I interviewed Ute Lemper on the phone, because her new show at the Café Carlyle began thirty years ago with a phone call. “The show I’ve created is based on a phone conversation I had with Marlene Dietrich in 1988, when we were both living in Paris,” said Lemper. At the time, Lemper was starring in the Paris production of Cabaret, and had just won a Molière — the French equivalent of a Tony Award. She was receiving a tremendous amount of attention for her performance and was being heralded as the “new Dietrich” by the press. Lemper wasRead More →

Harvey and Stemms may sound like the name of a catalogue selling products for the affluent, but they are a pair of deadly assassins and the first characters we meet in Robert Crais’s gripping new novel, The Wanted. Harvey and Stemms are hunting Tyson Connor, an awkward teenager who has robbed thousands of dollars in cash and jewelry from some very wealthy and dangerous people. His mother Devon sees a stolen $40,000 dollar watch in his room, figures out that Tyson is in trouble and hires private detective Elvis Cole (the self-proclaimed World’s Greatest Detective) to find him, as he’s suddenly disappeared. Harvey and StemmsRead More →

(Benny Madrigal – Type I Diabetic) Diabetes doesn’t care if you are young or old, rich or poor, happy or sad, short or tall, weak or strong. It doesn’t make any difference. No matter who you are, diabetes can take you down. What’s important is how you deal with it once you’ve been diagnosed. Benny Madrigal was 22 years old when he learned he had Type I diabetes. “Being diagnosed with diabetes at that point in my life was the last thing I ever expected to hear,” said Benny. “I had been an athlete since I was in the third grade and the diet IRead More →

(John O’Connor (left) at a ceremony conducted at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Virginia) Most of us have a story about September 11, 2001 and John O’Connor is no different.  “It was a life altering day,” said O’Connor.  “I was sitting at my desk at J.P. Morgan on Sixth Avenue and we had a direct southern view of the towers when it happened.  Not only did I lose friends, but I was serving on the lay board of St. Patrick’s and saw the sacrifices made by too many police and firefighters at their memorial services.”  Mr. O’Connor reached out to then Secretary RumsfeldRead More →

My Huffington Post piece about how I live with and manage diabetes:    Read More →

Middle Age Crisis: A website for men over 40 and the women who love them: www.middleagecrisis.comRead More →