The Cosmopolitan Review

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 4/17/2014, 3:38 p.m.

If you want to explore the exotic yet poignant, then check out “Tough Titty,” a light-hearted exploration of what comes next for a Brooklyn mother diagnosed with breast cancer. Written by the late award-winning playwright Oni Faida Lampley, the production will run from April 23 to May 11 at the Paradise Factory, located at 64 East Fourth Street. The play is produced by Emmy and Obie Award-winning actor Andre Braugher (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Homicide: Life on the Street,” “Law & Order,” “Glory,” “City of Angels”), along with his wife, actress and producer, Ami Brabson (“Homicide: Life on the Street,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Damages”). I love these husband and wife teams.

The play premiered at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and made Lampley a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award. Directed by Awoye Timpo, the cast features Christine Toy Johnson (“The Music Man,” “Grease”), Antoinette LaVecchia (“A View from the Bridge”) and Richard Topol (“The Normal Heart,” “The Merchant of Venice”).

All of you Dr. Oz fans will be happy to know that he, along with his wife, Liza Oz, was honored at the ninth annual Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. National Physician of the Year Awards Dinner. The humble Dr. Oz graciously accepted his award, stating, “I’m surprised to get the award. I was really honored to get it with my wife. We spent a lot of our lives building Health Corp, which is a children’s health education program. So it’s not for the show or being a heart surgeon. It’s for what I’ve done to try to get kids to look at their bodies differently.”

Also honored were five other physicians, with grateful thanks going out to many thousands of other excellent physicians practicing in communities throughout the United States.

There is still time to run and get your ticket for the 2014 Eastside House Settlement Gala Preview of the New York International Auto Show. Cocktails begin at 6 p.m., followed by the Benefactor Dinner at 8:30 p.m. There is plenty of time in between to pick out your new Cadillac or Ferrai and support a good cause. For more ticket information, call 718-292-7392 or visit

The hats, the hats, the hats! Everyone had one at the Baltimore, Maryland Chapter of the Links, Inc., Annual Empowering Women in Leadership Luncheon. Looking lovely in her chapeau was Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. Also in attendance were U.S. Sen., Ben Cardin, Baltimore Links President Patricia Jessamy, Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, and Maryland L.T.Gov., Anthony D. Brown. Need I tell you that a grand time was had by all? No, I didn’t think so. Have a wonderful holiday.

Until next week … kisses.