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THE "FABULOUS INVALID" ON ITS FEET AGAIN

 

Beloved theater icons  Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman coined the phrase to define theater the "fabulous invalid" as the title of their 1938 play and the phrase stuck as characterization of all theater. For Hart and Kaufman, the theatre was both fabulous and an invalid because it had managed to limp along for more than a few millennia amid predictions of its imminent demise in almost every century of its existence

 

My apologies to my readers on my staff the past two months I have been trying to compose an up-to-date newsletter but the theater scene has been so turbulent that any news was obsolete before the ink dried as shows opened, closed and opened again with startling alacrity and the ubiquitous virus attacked theater companies seemingly at random.
(i.e. Aladdin had a spirited gala opening and shut down the very next day when someone in the company tested positive)

 

Our intrepid reviewer’s rushed to cover shows as they open, write and submit their reviews and get them posted;  how many times has the show has already closed leaving us in a quandary "can we post a review of a show that’s already closed?"

 

Before the Christmas season 16 shows closed due to the pandemic temporarily and six shows closed permanently.

 

Tourist friendly shows that usually thrive during the holiday season, died during the holiday season.

 

When “Mrs. Doutbfire” went dark for 11 shows, from Dec. 12 to Dec. 21, the production lost $1.5 million, in what would typically be a high-grossing holiday period.

 

By Sunday, jan 16  only 19 shows were running in the 41 Broadway theaters. Cast and crew members from shuttered productions are trying to figure out whether they even worked enough weeks to qualify for unemployment

 

“This is the worst I have ever experienced,” said Jack Viertel, a longtime executive at Jujamcyn Theaters, which operates five Broadway houses. In December, so many theater workers tested positive for the coronavirus that, on some nights, half of all shows were canceled —"

 

Even understudies, the unsung heroes of many productions, were in short supply: one leaving a starring role on tour to fill in last minute on Broadway.

 

 

Final bow of  Ain't Too Proud


Prognosis Good

 

But suddenly I realized that in the past few weeks I have been privileged to attend some of the best shows I’ve ever seen:

 

Including MJ an inside-out musical on Michael Jackson which focuses on the backstage journey to produce those incredible iconic videos and reminders of what a genius he was.

And I was lucky enough to see a great revival of Music Man fueled by immaculate performances of Broadway treasures Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster and an equally dynamic cast.

The total effect was an exhilaration that I had despaired of ever feeling again during that long theater shut down.

 

In contrast and by coincidence I saw two timely shows about anti-Semitism: one in Italy, the other in Paris when Hitler came into power.

 

A prayer for the French Republic offered a gripping portrayal of the rise of anti-Semitism in Paris where love of their country sometimes blinded Jews to the incumbent horrors about to befall them.

 

The other The Garden of the Finzi-Continis is about an affluent socially secure Italian family in which the Jews thought they were above the law until they weren’t.

Both shows were eerily current as anti-Semitism is once again on the rise in Europe and our very own country.

 

And those epitomize theater's other mission: to reflect the dark side of human nature.

 

And so I can happily predict that the "magnificent invalid" seems no longer faltering but, as you peruse the magnificent cornucopia of spring offerings and the willingness of audiences to come back, the theatrical trauma may be coming to an end.

 

Kudos to the Theater League for refusing to shut down again and

I must commend my writers who, despite health warnings, fed their passion, masked up and attended Theater no matter the risk.

And, dear readers, I encourage you to support this wonderful world to which we have dedicated ourselves

                           ....and enjoy with us the coming season!

 

Jeanne Lieberman, Editor

 


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2022: Complete List of What’s Open, Closed & COVID Requirements

                                    last updated  January 18, 2022

Broadway was dark for 18 months and just reopened in September with a host of new COVID regulations, including vaccination and mask-wearing for patrons, rigorous personal testing for cast and crew members and theaters installed portable air fans and filters to ventilate the historic theaters. But that hasn’t stopped breakthrough COVID cases from disappointing theatergoers with COVID-caused Broadway closures. Below is a full list of Broadway shows that are currently open, coming back soon, on hiatus or canceled due to COVID.

What Broadway shows are currently open in 2022?

Aladdin (2022)

Chicago (2022)

Come From Away (2022)

Company (2022): Starring Patti LuPone

David Byrne’s American Utopia (Until Apr 3, 2022)

Dear Evan Hansen (2022)

Hadestown (2022)

Hamilton (2022)

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (2022)

MJ The Musical (2022)

Moulin Rouge! The Musical (2022)

Six the Musical (2022)

Skeleton Crew (2022): Starring Phylicia Rashad

Slave Play (2022)

The Book of Mormon (2022)

The Lion King (2022)

The Music Man (2022): Starring Hugh Jackman (opens Feb 10)

The Phantom of the Opera (2022)

Tina-The Tina Turner Musical (2022)

Wicked (2022)

What Broadway shows will be open later in 2022?

American Buffalo (Mar 22-Jul 10, 2022): Starring Laurence Fishburne and Sam Rockwell

Beetlejuice (Apr 8-Dec 31, 2022)  

Birthday Candles (Mar 19-May 29): Starring Debra Messing

Funny Girl (Mar 26-Dec 31, 2022): Starring Beanie Feldstein

Girl from the North Country (TBA: Spring 2022)

Macbeth (Mar 29-Jul 10, 2022): Starring Daniel Craig

Mrs. Doubtfire (Mar 14-Dec 31, 2022)

Mr. Saturday Night (Mar 29-Dec 31, 2022): Starring Billy Crystal

Plaza Suite (Feb 25-Jun 12, 2022)

The Little Prince (Mar 4-Dec 31, 2022): Starring Greg Kinnear

To Kill a Mockingbird (Jun 1-Dec, 2022)

 


Due to the expansive nature of Off-Broadway, this list is not comprehensive.

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BAROCOCO
• 59E59 Theater B
• Opening: February 9, 2022

ARDEN - A RITUAL FOR LOVE AND LIBERATION
• The Flea Theatre
• First Preview: February 6, 2022
• Opening: February 11, 2022

SPACE DOGS
• MCC Theater
• First Preview: January 25, 2022
• Opening: February 13, 2022

BLACK NO MORE
• The New Group
• First Preview: January 2, 2022
• Opening: February 15, 2022

ENGLISH
• Atlantic Theater Company @ Linda Gross Theater
• First Preview: February 5, 2022
• Opening: February 22, 2022.

THIS SPACE BETWEEN US
• Theatre Five @ Theatre Row
• Opening: February 22, 2022.

CONFEDERATES
• Signature Center/Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre
• Opening: March 8, 2022


ON SUGARLAND
• New York Theatre Workshop
• First Preview: February 2, 2022
• Opening: February 23, 2022.

OUT OF TIME
• The Public Theater
• First Preview: February 15, 2022
• Opening: March 1, 2022

NOTES FROM NOW
• 59E59 Theater A
• Opening: March 2, 2022
Musical theater writers.

THE CHINESE LADY
• The Public Theater
• First Preview: February 23, 2022
• Opening: March 9, 2022

COAL COUNTRY
• Cherry Lane Theatre
• First Preview: March 4, 2022
• Opening: March 10, 2022

RAGS PARKLAND SINGS THE SONGS OF THE FUTURE
• The Space At Irondale
• First Preview: March 2, 2022
• Opening: March 14, 2022.

LITTLE GIRL BLUE
• New World Stages: Stage V
• First Preview: March 5, 2022
• Opening: March 14, 2022

HEARTLAND
• 59E59 Theater B
• Opening: March 15, 2022

THE LIFE
• New York City Center
• Opening: March 16, 2022

DORY FANTASMAGORY
• Theatre Four @ Theatre Row
• Opening: March 20, 2022

AT THE WEDDING
• Lincoln Center Theater/LCT3
• First Preview: March 5, 2022

TO MY GIRLS
• Second Stage Theatre/Tony Kiser Theatre
• First Preview: March 22, 2022
• Opening: TBA

...WHAT THE END WILL BE
• Roundabout Theatre Company - Laura Pels Theatre
• First Preview: March 24, 2022
• Opening: TBA

SUFFS
• The Public Theater
• First Preview: March 10, 2022
• Opening: April 6, 2022

WEDDING BAND
• Theatre For A New Audience/Polonsky Shakespeare Center
• Opening: April 23, 2022

THE LUCKY STAR
• 59E59 Theater A
• Opening: April 26, 2022.

EXCEPTION TO THE RULE
• Roundabout Theatre Company - Black Box Theatre
• First Preview: April 7, 2022
• Opening: TBA?

NEW GOLDEN AGE
• 59E59 Theater B
• Opening: April 28, 2022.

THE BEDWETTER
• Atlantic Theater Company @ Linda Gross Theater
• Opening: April 30, 2022

A CASE FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD
• Signature Center/Irene Diamond Stage
• First Preview: April 12, 2022
• Opening: TBA

HARMONY
• Museum Of Jewish Heritage
• First Preview: March 23, 2022
• Opening: April 14, 2022

WISH YOU WERE HERE
• Playwrights Horizons/Peter Jay Sharp Theater
• First Preview: April 13, 2022
• Opening: TBA

GOLDIE, MAX AND MILK
• 59E59 Theater C
• Opening: May 1, 2022

INTO THE WOODS
• New York City Center
• Opening: May 4, 2022

ROMEO & BERNADETTE
• Theatre 5555
• First Preview: May 3, 2022
• Opening: May 16, 2022

GOLDEN SHIELD
• Manhattan Theatre Club Stage I
• First Preview: April 26, 2022
• Opening: May 17, 2022

BETWEEN THE LINES
• Tony Kiser Theater
• First Preview: June 14, 2022
• Opening: TBA

CORSICANA
• Playwrights Horizons/Mainstage Theater
• First Preview: June 2, 2022
• Opening: TBA.

THE WANDERERS
• Roundabout Theatre Company - Laura Pels Theatre
• First Preview: June 23, 2022
• Opening: TBA





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Editor’s Notes: Grappling with the virus, “social distancing” has become a buzzword of these strange times

ImageThe fashionable history of social distancing
By Einav Rabinovitch-Fox
Visiting Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University


Editor’s Notes: Pandemic!!!
Greek Tales
Plagues follow bad leadership in ancient Greek tales

by Joel Christensen, Associate Professor of Classical Studies, Brandeis University

Editor’s Notes: April 16: Social Injustice
North Carolina "bathroom" law inspires the entertainment community to protest.

Once again the arts have proved to be first responders to social injustice.

By Jeanne Lieberman on Apr. 29

Editor’s Notes: Immigration:
Broadway Sings while the world Debates

By Jeanne Lieberman on Nov. 23

Obits

Broadway Vocal Coach Barbara Maier Gustern Dies of Injuries Following Street Attack

The beloved voice teacher was on her way to Joe's Pub when she was shoved to the ground by an unknown assailant.

Author    Zachary Stewart 

March 15, 2022

Barbara Maier Gustern was a Broadway vocal coach.
Barbara Maier Gustern was a Broadway vocal coach.
(© Susie Lang Photo)

Barbara Maier Gustern, vocal coach to some of the biggest names in cabaret, has died from injuries she sustained after a seemingly random assailant shoved her to the ground in front of her apartment building on West 28th Street last week. She was 87 years old.

In addition to serving as vocal coach on the last Broadway revival of Oklahoma!, Gustern had worked with Taylor Mac, Justin Vivian Bond, and Debbie Harry. She was a regular in the downtown cabaret scene and kept up a busy schedule of voice lessons until the very end.

According to reporting in Deadline, she had been rehearsing with Barbara Bleier, Paul Greenwood, and the actor-director Austin Pendleton at her apartment on West 28th Street before leaving for a Thursday evening performance at Joe's Pub. She didn't make it very far before she was shoved to the ground by an unknown assailant, hitting her head on the pavement. She was taken to a nearby hospital and transferred to Bellevue Medical Center, where emergency surgery was performed to alleviate brain swelling. Gustern died of her injuries Tuesday morning.

The NYPD has released video of the suspect, a female with long auburn hair. No arrests have been made.

EUGENE (EUGENE PAUL) POLINSKY: THEATER CRITIC, ACTOR, WRITER, PRODUCER, DIRECTOR, JOURNALIST, WORLD WAR II HERO, DEAD AT 101

By Jeanne Lieberman


As his editor, his reviews were sacrosanct. One would not dare his wrath by changing anything but his work was always unique, witty, sometimes startling, and beautifully crafted

Cicely Tyson Dies at Age 96
By Tanay Hudson

Tony and Oscar Winner Christopher Plummer, Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, Dies at 91

Tony Winner Hal Holbrook Dies at 95
BY ROBERT VIAGAS
FEB 02, 2021

Broadway star Rebecca Luker dead at 59 after battle with ALS

ANN REINKING, Tony Award Winning dancer, choreographer, actress, director, dead at 71.

Former Drama Desk President William Wolf Passes Away Saturday March 28

Internet

JUDGMENT DAY
By Marc Miller on July 31, 2021

Tiny Beautiiful Things
(Other People’s Problems)

by Edward Rubin June 7, 2021

A collection of Strayed’s columns beautifully brought to life by actress Laiona Michelle

Fatal Weakness
by Marc Miller May 28, 2021

Examination of the consequences of adultery among the mid-century gentry provides a bright setting for that invaluable preserver of fallen-by-the-wayside theater history, the Mint Theater Company.

John Cullum: An Accidental Star
by Marc Miller April 13, 2021

The Broadway actor-singer has some swell stories to tell about his 60-years-plus career, but maybe he should have gone easier on the vocalizing.

Katie Roche
by Marc Miller March 05, 2021

Teresa Deevy’s little-remembered comedy-drama is a reminder of why the Mint Theater is indispensable.

The Melancholy Soul of ‘Tchaikovsky’: A Cinematic Journey
by Edward Rubin February 23, 2021

Canadian born Hershey Felder, writer, actor, playwright, composer, and musician is known for creating historically accurate, and exquisitely nuanced portrayals of world-famous composers.

Little Wars
by Deirdre Donovan February 11, 2021

An imaginative dinner party with six exceptional women in the French Alps at the brink of World War II.

Have an Online Mint
by Marc Miller January 28, 2021

Till we’re all in theaters again, the Mint is helping us cross the desert with a string of compelling past productions.

Meet Me in St. Louis
by Deirdre Donovan January 6, 2021

The Irish Repertory Theatre helped theatergoers shed their pandemic holiday blues with a virtual production, deftly adapted and directed by the company’s Artistic Director and Co-founder Charlotte Moore

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DON'T WORRY! ENTERTAINMENT IS BUT A LINK AWAY

Broadway's June 7 Reopening Postponed
Broadway openings possibly not till September

by Jeanne Lieberman

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Broadway - Musicals

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Paradise Square
by Marc Miller on May, 10, 2022

A great big musical about a singular time and place in American history, and for much of the way, a damn entertaining one. A big, bracing musical epic with more talent on one stage than you’ll find practically anywhere

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The Little Prince
by Deirdre Donovan on April, 26, 2022

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s immortal novella arrives on Broadway as an immersive epic theatrical experience, but its pyrotechnics overshadows the simple beauty of the original.

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The Music Man
by Fern Siegel on February, 25, 2022

Hugh Jackman carries The Music Man with charm and agility, proving hope never goes out of style.

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MJ
by Deirdre Donovan on February, 18, 2022

The new dance musical on the King of Pop is raising the roof nightly at the Neil Simon Theater with a show-stopping performance by Myles Frost.

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Intimate Apparel
Off-Broadway Opera by Marc Miller on February, 03, 2022

Lynn Nottage’s tale of missed opportunities and misguided affections is still evocative and enormously touching, but the addition of music proves a mixed blessing.

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FLYING OVER SUNSET
by Marc Miller on January, 10, 2021

James Lapine’s excursion into hallucinogens among the mid-’50s Hollywood elite doesn’t always make sense, but it’s an aural and visual wonder.

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Mrs. Doubtfire
by Julia Polinsky on December, 21, 2021

Part farce, part sweet family drama, part down-market imitation of Robin Williams’s genius, Mrs. Doubtfire works damn hard to make you like it, and succeeds.

Company

Company
        by Fern Siegel on December 20 2021

The revival of Sondheim’s Company boasts the same great score, but by switching the lead’s gender, the societal focus goes off-key. 

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Diana - The Musical
by Deirdre Donovan on December, 13, 2021

The much-anticipated bio-musical about an iconic British Princess, though artistically flawed, may well leave you in tears.

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Caroline, or Change/Lackawana Blues
by Julia Polinsky on November, 09, 2021

Caroline, or Change and Lackawanna Blues. Two shows with music about strong Black women; one with all the Broadway razzle dazzle you could desire; one with all the heart you can use.

West Side Story
by Fern Siegel on March, 08, 2020

Director Ivo van Hove has re-imagined West Side Story for a 2020 audience. Tribalism is gone, but the electric score remains.

Jagged Little Pill
by Eugene Paul on December, 19, 2019

Outstanding.

Moulin Rouge!
by Eugene Paul on August, 22, 2019

An outrageously overstuffed feast of spectacle and song.

Come From Away
by Eugene Paul On Mar. 21 2017

Its rousing, inspiring book, music and lyrics and a soaring concept is something of a miracle.

Dear Evan Hansen
By Rachel Goddard On Dec. 23, 2016

An exposed look at what life is really like for an anxious teenager in the midst of tragedy

Waitress
by David Schultz On May.4, 2016

A tart treat mixed with gobs of sweetness, meld together into perfection.

Hamilton
by Michall Jeffers On Jan.13, 2016

Handily combines history and hip hop

Honeymoon In Vegas
by joel Benjamin on Jan. 27

A totally delightful escapist old-fashioned musical with a witty book, funny songs and an energetic cast of oddball characters.

Side Show
by Eugene Paul on Nov. 28

You’ll be happy you saw the show and better yet, you’ll be happier you’re you.

After Midnight!
By Jeanne Lieberman on May. 1, 2014
The performances are a series of gems that shine brightly alone but blaze in unison until your heartbeat echoes the music’s rhythm, cardiologists take note! Artistic director Wynton Marsalis, and his Jazz at Lincoln Center All-Stars, launch you on a magical musical carpet ride that will eventually carry you on out to the street

Aladdin
by Jeannie Lieberman on Mar. 26, 2016
A true Disney magic carpet ride of opulent costumes, dazzling sets, creative choreography, savvy showbiz shtick and a Genie for all time.

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
by Jeannie Lieberman on Jan. 29, 2014
A feel good evening of special delight to her fans and all those who just want a slick, nostalgic, music-packed evening.

Broadway - Plays

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The Minutes
A review by Fern Siegel on May 10, 2022

a seemingly innocuous small town council meeting proves fertile ground for lethal intent.

How-I-Learned-To-Drive

How I Learned To Drive
A review by David Schultz on April 28, 2022

The meticulous revival of Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer Prize winning play is ageless

Take Me Out

Take Me Out
A review by Fern Siegel on April 19, 2022

The revival of Richard Greenberg’s baseball drama Take Me Out, scores with a star-studded cast

Plaza-Suite

Plaza Suite
A review by Julia Polinsky on April 08, 2022

A perfectly preserved period piece, Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite reminds you of how enjoyable it is to have masters of their art make it look easy.

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Skeleton Crew
A review by Deirdre Donovan on February 03, 2022

Dominique Morisseau’s drama about a tight-knit working family in a small automotive stamping factory is altogether real.

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The Lehman Trilogy
A review by Deirdre Donovan on December, 03, 2021

Stefano Massini’s epic play about western capitalism is seen through the lens of one immigrant family who traveled to America in search of their dream.

Trouble In Mind

Trouble In Mind
by Julia Polinsky on December, 02, 2021

Alice Childress’ Trouble in Mind is a thought provoking, uncomfortable, challenging, look at how racism in the theatre has changed in 60 years -- or hasn’t.

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Clyde's
by Julia Polinsky on December, 02, 2021

Lynn Nottage’s Clyde’s is laugh-out-loud funny, with a hefty serving of anger and manipulation and a side of redemption.

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Chicken & Biscuits
by Deirdre Donovan on November, 17, 2021

Douglas Lyons’ comedy, though overly long, is a theatrical dish that’s uproariously funny and downright delicious.

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Caroline, or Change/Lackawana Blues
by Julia Polinsky on November, 09, 2021

Caroline, or Change and Lackawanna Blues. Two shows with music about strong Black women; one with all the Broadway razzle dazzle you could desire; one with all the heart you can use.

Six
by Fern Siegel on October, 13, 2021

The pop reality show Six gives the wives of Henry VIII a royal sendoff.

Pass Over
        by Deirdre Donovan on September 20, 2021

speaks to anybody who has ever been outraged by injustice in our world today

To Kill a Mockingbird
        by Ron Cohen on January 23, 2019

Harper Lee can rest peacefully, knowing that her Mockingbird sings beautifully on Broadway.

Constellations
by Joel Benjamin on Jan. 20

The exquisitely detailed performances by Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson cannot hide the dearth of material.

Off-Broadway - Musicals

Harmony

Harmony
by Fern Siegel on April 19, 2022

Harmony tells the story of The Comedian Harmonists, a 1930s global singing sensation destroyed by the Nazis.

Penelope

Penelope
by Deirdre Donovan on April 19, 2022

Peter Kellogg, the author of Desperate Measures, returns with a new female-centric musical that lies somewhere between Ithaca and the imagination

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Encores! The Life
by Jeanne Lieberman & David Schultz on March 29, 2022

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Anyone Can Whistle
by David Schultz on March 28, 2022

Rare one night revival sets off sparks of adulation.

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Garden of the Finzi-Continis
by Edward Rubin on February 25, 2022

A beloved book, a classic film, and now an opera.

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The Tap Dance Kid
by Deirdre Donovan on February 10, 2022

New York City Center’s Encores! concert series disappoints with a dance musical that doesn’t keep step with the times.

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Disney's Winnie the Pooh
by Deirdre Donovan on January 19, 2022

This new Off Broadway musical “bears” its heart to kids of all ages.

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The Streets of New York
by Deirdre Donovan on January 18, 2022

Irish Rep’s artistic director Charlotte Moore musicalizes Dion Boucicault’s 19th Century melodrama and the results are delicious.

Off-Broadway - Plays

The-Patsy

The Patsy
A review by Deirdre Donovan on April 22, 2022

The ever-amazing David Greenspan resurrects a forgotten 1925 comedy, performing it as a one-man show in the Transport Group’s production at the Abrons Arts Center.

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To My Girls
A review by David Schultz on April 19, 2022

A Boys in The Band Redux post-covid gay rom-com.

The Space Between Us

A Touch of the Poet
A review by Deirdre Donovan on March 28, 2022

Robert Cuccioli stars in a vigorous revival of a Eugene O’Neill drama at the Irish Repertory Company.

The Space Between Us

Coal Country
A review by Fern Siegel on March 28, 2022

The power of personal remembrance and the pain of worker exploitation sustain the moving Coal Country.

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The Space Between Us
A review by David Schultz on March 21, 2022

Enjoyable dysfunctional dramedy with an excellent ensemble cast in a worthwhile entertainment..

Jane-Anger

Jane Anger
A review by Fern Siegel on March 16, 2022

It’s 1606 and William Shakespeare is stuck in quarantine with writer’s block. Then the cunning woman appears and changes everything.

English

English
A review by Deirdre Donovan on March 14, 2022

Sanaz Toosi’s new play reminds us how much the soul of a people is manifest in its language.

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The Merchant of Venice
        by Deirdre Donovan on February 25, 2022

The jury is still out when it comes to deciding what The Merchant of Venice is—and isn’t. John Douglas Thompson sets precedent, becoming the first black actor to play Shylock in America

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The Daughter-in-Law
        by Marc Miller on February 22, 2022

It’s great to have the Mint Theater Company back in business, but D.H. Lawrence’s 1913 drama is a definite head-scratcher.

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Prayer for the French Republic
        by David Schultz on February 10, 2022

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Autumn Royal
        by Deirdre Donovan on January 07, 2022

Kevin Barry’s first stage work re-opens the doors of the Irish Repertory Theatre.

Morning-Sun

Morning Sun
        by Fern Siegel on December 16, 2021

An ordinary life is given its sad due in Morning Sun, thanks to an extraordinary trio.

Mornings at Seven

MORNING’S AT SEVEN
        by Marc Miller on November 16, 2021

Paul Osborn’s gentle 1939 comedy is comfort food—honest, familiar, and satisfying, and it sticks to your bones.

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Tammany Hall
        by Fern Siegel on November 09, 2021

It’s the end of the Roaring Twenties and celebrity Mayor J.J Walker revels in showgirls, backroom deals and Prohibition booze.

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Mrs. Warren’s Profession
        by Deirdre Donovan on November 01, 2021

George Bernard Shaw’s classic play resurfaces at Theater Row’s Theatre 2 with two fine actresses inhabiting the mother-daughter roles.

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Repulsing the Monkey
        by Marc Miller on September 23, 2021

An imperfect meditation on trendiness and family, lifted considerably by being performed in a 380-year-old tavern.

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Fruma-Sarah (Waiting In The Wings)

        by Edward Rubin on July 28 2021

a series of wit and wisdom monologues, many of which rely heavily for their effectiveness, on Hoffman’s sure-fire delivery

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Tennessee Rising: The Dawn of Tennessee Williams

        by Edward Rubin on June 30 2021

This heavily fact-filled script gifts us with Williams’ innermost feelings and thoughts, his friendships and love affairs, the people and books that influenced him and his relationship with his parents, and his beloved Glass Menagerie spawning sister Rose

Between Riverside and Crazy
by Joel Benjamin on Feb. 25

A complex, riveting, if oddly constructed, comedy-drama from a brilliant young playwright.

Solo Performance

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The Patsy
A review by Deirdre Donovan on April 22, 2022

The ever-amazing David Greenspan resurrects a forgotten 1925 comedy, performing it as a one-man show in the Transport Group’s production at the Abrons Arts Center.

The Miracle of Long Johns
By Edward Rubin on December 4, 2017

A dizzying array of dance, song, double-entendres, and vaudevillian-type jokes from every conceivable angle, political, social, cultural, sexual, and otherwise.

FEATURES

We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert
By Jeannie Lieberman on August 24, 2021
photos by Phil McAuliffe

And so as the battle against the virus continues,  we hope the concert will eventually.

“I dream my painting and I paint my dream.” Van Gogh
By Jeannie Lieberman on June 14, 2021

The Immersive Van Gogh exhibit at pier 36 a carefully thought out respectful audio/visual extravaganza, an homage assuring that Van Gogh's legacy lives on for the many young people and races at the exhibit

Funny Girl: Trafalgar's Preview Screening of West End production
By Deirdre Donovan on October 22, 2018

Michael Mayer's new West End production released in cinemas on October 24th coincides with the 50th anniversary of the film that catapulted Barbra Streisand to stardom.

Big Apple Circus

By Edward Medina on November 09, 2017

Our circus has returned in glorious fashion.

Edward Albee'an interview

By David Schultz on Sept. 30,2016

Everything was bad until I wrote "The Zoo Story".

Ira Biloiwt

on Sept. 22, 2016

Everybody Rise! A celebration of Elaine Stritch

By Jeanne Lieberman on Nov. 24

Not the tender hearted, tear inspiring tribute of most memorials, the event was like its subject: over the top, irreverent and raucous.

John Lahr and Tony Kushner on Tennessee Williams
by Joel Benjamin on Oct. 8

Lahr's biography Mad Pilgrimage focuses on the interdependence of Williams’ mental and emotional health and the quality of his writing.

Cabaret/Concerts/Opera's

Garden-of-the-Finzi-Continis

Anyone Can Whistle
by David Schultz on March 28, 2022

Rare one night revival sets off sparks of adulation.

Sutton Foster in Conversation with Amy Sherman-Palladino
Hooked: How Crafting Saved My Life

By Deirdre Donovan on October 20, 2021

Two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster chatted with Amy Sherman-Palladino at the 92nd Street Y about her new memoir that explains how crafting has been a true life-saver for her.

92Y Lyrics & Lyricists: Jerry Herman, You I Like
By Deirdre Donovan on March 04, 2020
An aural feast celebrating a legendary lyricist-composer who was an eternal optimist in spite of our troubled times.

Richard Tucker Gala at Carnegie Hall
By Barry Bassis on November 07, 2019
Opera Stars Come Out for this prestigious annual concert.

Trio da Paz

By Barry Bassis on August 29, 2019
Brazilian Jazz comes to Dizzy’s Club.

The Django Reinhardt NY Festival Makes a Triumphant Return to Birdland

By Barry Bassis on July 29, 2019
Gypsy jazz will put a smile on your face.

John Bayless – One Hand One Heart – My Life and My Music

By Mary L Smith on May 07, 2019
This unique theatrical experience will inspire everyone to fulfill their destiny whatever it may be.

Rigoletto

By Barry Bassis on May 06, 2019
What’s the Duke of Mantua doing in Las Vegas in the Metropolitan Opera’s production? Chasing chicks.

92 Street Y: Lenny's Lyricists/Bernstein & Song

By Deirdre Donovan on March 05, 2018
A celebration the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein birth with a musical montage of his beloved theater works.

Our Time: Sullivan & Harnar Sing Sondheim
54 Below

By Joel Benjamin on Feb. 12

Two cabaret greats at the top of their game.

A Good Thing Going: The Stephen Sondheim and Harold Prince Collaboration
Lyrics & Lyricists , 92Y

By Joel Benjamin on Jan. 20

An evening of Sondheim songs, personal memories and great singing, what more do you need?

A Maestro’s Memoirs
by Deirdre Donovan on May. 22
Musician Donald Pippin time-travels back through star-dusted moments in his long-and-winding career.

David Ostwald and his Louis Armstrong Eternity Band at Birdland
by Jeanne Lieberman on May. 1
David Ostwald, who sets the pace and chooses the songs as he goes, leads a magic meld of multigenerational music meisters that varies slightly from week to week.

Dance

Twyla Now

Twyla Now
By Deirdre Donovan on November 23, 2021

Twyla Tharp is still going strong at 80—and her four-part show at New York City Center proves that an expansive attitude trumps advancing age

Nederlands Dans Theater
By R. Pikser on March 10, 2020

Three choreographers offer critiques of the modern world in ultra-theatrical settings.

Women in Motion: Gilbey Dance Theater
By R. Pikser on February 19, 2020

Gibney Dance is doing extremely supportive work for the dance community and this program is an example of that support.

Regionals

Unmasked: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber
By David Schultz on March 13, 2020

A musical cornucopia of new interpretations of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s massive catalog.

FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE
By Edward Lieberman on February 14, 2020

an ode to the music of famed composer and saxophonist Louis Jordan, whose up tempo rhythm and blues creations are widely considered to be forerunners of rock ‘n roll and rap.

Lend Me A Tenor At the Westchester Broadway Theatre
By Eugene Paul on January 22, 2020

No subtleties, no holding back, just bright, brash, hilarious farce. Pure entertainment.


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Lifeguards

The Kismet crew of lifeguards for the handicapped:

By Jeannie

What they have in common is the desire to be helpful no matter how heavy the cart or how hot the sand and you cannot tip them to show your appreciation and so I am writing this article to thank them

thank you guys, thank you Kismet!

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On a nasty night Dive was faced with a challenge.

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Tender, open and honest memoir of the impact on her life of her younger brother's suicide.

Mooney

Arthur Lem Snapper Derby

One of the purist, most joyous, wholesome and equitable, gender neutral annual events in Kismet. Welcome Back!!

By Jeanne Lieberman

photos by Bradlee and Jeannie

Mooney

Over The Piano

an evening of hope and optimism with the return of the Broadway Musical just weeks away

By Jeanne Lieberman

Mooney

Over The Moon With Mooney

they give new meaning to " blow the roof off (or tent in this case)”

By Jeanne

The Dive Owner

Kismet Salutes July 4th

the marching band came alive with their insistent drum beat and hearts beat quicker spirits soared, and all were reminded of why they were here.

God Bless America

By Jeannie

The Dive Owner

Bartenders Admit Which Drinks They Can't Stand To See People Order

By Alicia Therese

The Dive Owner

Pizza Place to reopen as
SLICE 'N ICE
under new ownership of Brian Mahoney

by Jeanne Lieberman

The Dive Owner

MEET THE NEW OWNER OF THE OUT

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kismet update

KISMET UPDATE:  NEW YEAR, NEW PRESIDENT, NEW VACCINES

KISMET UPDATE: ENDLESS (NON) SEASON

Plethora of Pulchritudinous Pumpkins
At Jakes Carving Contest
Kismet’s got Talent

80 years later, vivid memories of historic Long Island Express hurricane

By Patricia Kitchen patricia.kitchen@newsday.com @patriciakitchen Updated September 21, 2018 10:34 AM

First Annual Kismet Surf Casting Contest

by Mark Ketcham

KISMET UPDATE: Life Goes On.......

Kismet Coastal Clean up

Notes from organizer Sam Wood

TRIUMVIRATE TRIUMPHS IN PURCHASE OF BOATEL

By Jeanne Lieberman

KISMET UPDATE 2:
ELECTED & ENGAGED

KISMET UPDATE:
NOT OVER YET

KISMET'S KLAW FUNDRAISER at Carolines
photos AZ
text Jeannie

KISMET UPDATE:
THE SUMMER THAT WASN’T

KISMET UPDATE:
LIFE & DEATH & VOTING RIGHTS

KISMET CREATIVITY GOES FROM CUTE TO COSMIC
for JULY 4 CELEBRATION

KISMET'S NEW ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

KISMET'S NEW FASHION STATEMENT

Grace's design melding Grateful Dead with KFD Logos


LETTER OF REMEMBRANCE
Memorial Day
Cherry Grove
May 25, 2020


KISMET UPDATE: MAY 15th
BEACHES,MARINA OPEN


photos by Dennis & Wendy

Fire Island dredging halted for ‘emergency’ beach project near Mar-a-Lago

by Jon Levine

Bill Poindexter tribute

by Jeannie

LATEST ON FIRE ISLAND DEER HUNT

by Marija Beqaj, Pat Hackett

Appeals court upholds plan to cull white-tailed deer population on Fire Island

by Vera Chinese

Kismet Historical Society Fundraiser

by Cheryl Dunbar Kahlke



Nat Halpern, Susan Welt         

Though separated by time, gender, and circumstance, what unites both Susan and Nat is that everyone loved them and they always left good feelings in their wake.

        

International Coastal Clean up: Keep Kismet Clean Day

We were the first community on the west end of FI to participate in this international coastal clean up         



Lydon & Kai's great adventure         



        

INTERVIEW: FINS SUPERINTENDENT ALEXCY ROMERO

        by Laura Schmidt (FIN) - August 17, 2019

East Lighthouse Walk Annual Luau

East Lighthouse and guests had a good showing and many people stayed well into the night socializing and playing corn hole by cell phone light!!

        

Suzanne Westenhoefer

"Fearless, Bold, Unapologetic—and Freaking Hilarious"

        by Jeannie

MOONEY MAGIC at the INN

This is but a taste of what Mooney nights are about
 Two more chances to experience them
        at the INN Aug 22 and AUG 29th

Comedy Night
Turns Firehouse into a Naughty Nightclub
by Jeannie


Laughter filled the street during the hilarious show and smiles lasted long afterward

RECOLLECTIONS OF WOODSTOCK + 50

by Tom Licari


Fifty years later we still fondly look back at the Woodstock experience
... the most memorable time of my life.

Maggie Fischer Memorial Cross Bay Swim

pictures and text by Wendy Schou

Kismet Festival Results

KISMET FESTIVAL by the BAY
thrives in the heat!!!

Recently Sam Woods was featured in a TV Ad

Now Tim Mooney is on the cover of a trade publication

LICA Road Warriors Magazine

who's next for stardom?

Invasion 19

           by Jeannie

KLAW Digs for the Dough!

The often beleaguered Kismet Animal Welfare organization once again tantalized and delighted customers with incredible bargains, from cookware to chotchke's. One person's discards are another's interior design.
At supremely bargain prices everyone walks away happy - if not you'll see it for sale next year!

          pix by Jeannie

KFD SALTAIRE DRILL June 7 '19

Early on a Friday morning the combined fire departments of Kismet
and Saltaire met at the old firehouse for their annual
Mutual Aid drill, where they practiced search and rescue, ladder drills,
EMS and radio coordination.
Pictures by Ken show it is potentially grueling. We thank them all.

Piro Propels Paws Applause
in stunning return to Cherry Grove Stage


pix & text by Jeannie on June 08, 2019

Kismet Homeowners Meeting June '19
Pedi Cabs, Port o Potties & Puddles

CHERRY GROVE'S ARTS PROJECT 2019
Busy schedule includes lots of cabaret divas,
a show about sex, and ends with a Stonewall Riot!!
(take a look)

KISMET’S DERBY WINNERS (no replay) HERE:
DERBY HATS GRACE THE RACE

Carol Thomas, citizen of Kismet

a “tough cookie”
the end came with surprising and merciful swiftness
A shock to us all
R I P

Study says going to the beach is good for your mental well-being
By POSITIVE OUTLOOKS on April 25, 2019

The Producers
By Karen Wahlberg and Denise Gibson on March 26, 2019

Opening Night in Babylon’s new Argyle theater was a non-stop laugh-fest.

Kismet Halloween, '18
A hallowed Halloween tradition hampered by a storm
Pix by Wendy on November 21, 2018

Kismet Community Association Fall Meeting
September 30 '18
By Jeannie Lieberman on October 09, 2018

On a beautiful Fall morning many Kismet citizens demonstrated their loyalty by convening in the Firehouse for the semi annual Fall homeowners' meeting.

53rd Miss Fire Island Pageant
A truly eclectic, extravagant, elegant event!
By Jeannie Lieberman on September 17, 2018

Remembering Joel
December 19, 1944 - September 8, 2012

Taste of Kismet ‘18
Pix by Bradlee & Wendy on September 12, 2018

Merry Musicmakers Keep Kismet Kickin'
By Jeannie on September 07, 2018

Drag Queens Conquer the Out
Titillating Trio returns for most $successful $how ever

By Jeannie on August 24, 2018

East Lighthouse Annual Luau Moves Indoors
By Ginny Butler on August 24, 2018

Judy Gold's Smashing Grove Debut!
By Jeanne Lieberman on August 23, 2018

The packed Community House rocked with laughter

A New Tick Is Here'but just how dangerous is it?
USA TODAY NETWORK Jim Hook, Scott Fallon, Nick Muscavage and Joseph Spector, USA TODAY NETWORK Published on August 07, 2018

Health officials sound alarm as invasive tick, new to US, spreads

Pine Walk Block Party-Saturday, July 28th
Text and pictures by Wendy Schou post, on August 02, 2018

Pine Walk did it up!

KISMET COMMUNITY DAY A HUGE $UCCE$$
by Jeannie on July 26, 2018

It was a grand event truly, and I believe everyone in the community who attended or participated was tired but happy? specially the winners.

All About the Monarchs

by Jeanne Lieberman
By Joshua Jelly-Schapito
by Trish Minogue Collins on October 11,2017

CYNTHIA NIXON at CLUB CUMMING, CHERRY GROVE
Introduced by Alan Cumming at the Community House July 8
by Jeannie on July 12, 2018

'We are now the most unequal state in the entire country, with both incredible wealth and extreme poverty'

THE 43RD ANNUAL CHERRY GROVE/PINES INVASION

by Jeannie on July 12, 2018

MOONEY MADNESS AT THE INN

by Jeannie on July 12, 2018

THE WOMEN OF CLUB CUMMING:
A PUNGENT POTPOURRI OF PERFORMERS

HOSTED BY ALAN CUMMING
by Jeannie on July 12, 2018

KISMET's JULY 4 PARADE '18

by Jeannie on July 10, 2018

Started by Jean Wood 54 years ago son Sam continues the tradition with tributes to our service men: current and past

KISMET KOMEDY KLUB a KNOCKOUT SUCCESS A FIREHOUSE FULL OF SURPRISES.



by Jeannie on June 29, 2018

PAWS PAUSE for a CAUSE



by Jeannie on June 22, 2018

A MOVING TRIBUTE TO PAIGE KEELY

'She was truly a child of Fire Island'

by Jeannie on June 21, 2018

AMY'S AUCTION ROCKS THE OUT

The KCA returned to its time honored fundraising tradition.

by Jeannie on June 21, 2018

Kismet's Annual KLAW Auction & Flea market

proved some 'fleas' are good

by Jeannie on June 21, 2018

Annual Spring KCA (Kismet Community Association) Meeting

by Jeannie on June 06, 2018

Meeting was entirely amicable. Homeowners obviously enjoying each other's company.

MUGS FOR MUGSY

Photos by Wendy Schou, Gary Leone, Bradlee on June 06, 2018

If money and love will speed his recovery we will all benefit.

Jeannie

New Jersey Governor signs bill preventing Offshore Drilling
Cuomo lags behind


by Reuters Staff on April 25, 2018

Remains of old Tappan Zee Bridge will be made into reef


by Shari Logan & Max Jaeger on April 19, 2018

Kismet Halloween17


by Jeanne Lieberman on March 07, 2018

Kismet Kandids - A look back Summer 17

by Jeanne Lieberman on March 07, 2018

Fed plan to drill for oil off LI draws bipartisan protest

Posted on March 03, 2018

MOONEY'S MAGIC AGAIN MANUFACTURES MIDWEEK MUSICAL MERRIMENT AT THE INN

Posted on February 08, 2018

CARTOON ALLEY END OF SEASON
BLACK & WHITE PARTY


Posted on February 08, 2018

Memorial for Kismet's "Mayor" Brian Crawford



Memorial for Fred "Dutch" Rosenberg




 

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The Patsy
A review by Deirdre Donovan on April 22, 2022

The ever-amazing David Greenspan resurrects a forgotten 1925 comedy, performing it as a one-man show in the Transport Group’s production at the Abrons Arts Center.