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Movie Stars, TV Stars,  Pop Stars, Comedy Stars

join our Broadway stars

to create a diverse and exciting season






The season’s openers (1984, Marvin’s Room, Prince of Broadway and Michael Moore’s Terms of My Surrender)

provided a look back, a look around and a look to the future.

The 25 plus new shows are almost evenly divided between plays and musicals, featuring  7 new plays and 5 revivals, 9 new musicals and 4 revivals.

Starring roles come from all over, from Hollywood:  Elizabeth McGovern (Conways), Uma Thurman (Parisian Woman) Denzel Washington (Iceman) to  megastars from the pop world: Bruce Springsteen in his first Broadway show, Frozen and an array of icons for Spongebob’s score; from TV/Comedy: John Leguizamo and Amy Schumer (Meteor Shower) to  Mark Rylance from the West End (
Farinelli And The King)_

Comedy will be contrasted with drama, and musicals from the Golden Age (Carousel) will play next door to the new (Harry Potter).

In short, something for everyone or plenty for everybody


And Theaterscene will cover it all for you

...see you in the theater

Jeanne Lieberman, Publisher


DRAMA DESK NEWS - 10/02/17


Thomas McMorrow Sr., 14th president of the Drama Desk, died on Thursday, one and a half months shy of his 97th birthday.

Raised in Greenwich, Conn., Tom attended Choate and spent a year at Yale University before becoming a copy boy at the Washington Times. During World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving first in a mechanics division and then in a medical battalion.

After the War, Tom worked as an actor and, in partnership with his wife, Joan Levin McMorrow, founded the Orange County Playhouse in Westtown, NY.

From 1948 until 1962, Tom was sports editor for Movietone News. He then spent 25 years at the New York Daily News, where he covered theater.

After retiring in 1987, Tom wrote Having Fun with Words of Wit and Wisdom, a compendium of quotations issued by Trafford Publishing Co. That book was illustrated by Tom’s Daily News colleague and close friend Sam Norkin (who was also his predecessor as president of the Drama Desk).

Tom is survived by his wife of 70 years, their children Tom Jr., Elizabeth Tuscanes, and Cathy Schaffer, and four grandchildren.

An event honoring Tom will be announced in the near future. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family in care of Tom Jr.,

Tom was one of the first to befriend me when I joined Drama Desk. Always the gentleman, he did not flaunt his great knowledge and experience but wore it gracefully. His down to earth perspective cut through pretence and misuse of poser quietly. Tom’s wit and charm will never be forgotten

 Jeanne Lieberman


Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
It's a Wonderful Life: The Live Radio Play
Farinelli and the King
Meteor Shower
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical
The Children
De Novo
Once On This Island
The Parisian Woman
Hot Mess
Pride and Prejudice
Lawsuit Targets Fire Island National Seashore Park’s Lethal Deer Management Plan
Gambling on Love
The Mad Ones
Katsura Sunshine
Lady Macbeth And Her Lover
The Portuguese Kid
The Band’s Visit
Torch Song
Don’t Feed The Indians
What We're Up Against
Latin History For Morons
Marcel and The Art of Laughter
The Red Shoes
The Last Match
In Love with the Arrow Collar Man
Kismet Community Association September 24, 2017 Fall Meeting
Big Apple Circus
Measure for Measure
Strange Interlude
The Home Place
Annie Get Your Gun
The Honeymooners
Lonely Planet
The Treasurer
Fire Island Then: 1930’s
All About The Monarchs
Book with ‘Fun’ in Its Title Makes Good on Its Promise
A Clockwork Orange
Mary Jane
As You Like It
In & Of Itself
Michael Moore on Broadway: The Terms of My Surrender
Van Gogh’s Ear
Measure for Measure
Miss Saigon
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Hello, Dolly
NY Pops – Something Wonderful
Six Degrees of Separation
The Little Foxes
The American Classical Orchestra: The Ninth Symphony
The Play that Goes Wrong
Present Laughter
City Center Encores! The New Yorkers
The Price
The Glass Menagerie
Come From Away
If I Forget
Sunday in the Park with George
The Bikinis
Dear Evan Hansen


By Jeanne Lieberman on September 29, 2017

Movie Stars, TV Stars, Pop Stars, Comedy Stars will join our Broadway stars to entertain us. Diverse and Exciting

Editor’s notes: TONYS 2017
Conquerors and Casualties

By Jeanne Lieberman on June 15, 2017

It was a long night for some, a memorable night for others.

Editor’s Notes: And the winners are…
By Jeanne Lieberman on May. 23, 2017

Ah! That exciting time when success or failure;
a future on the road or sudden death is determined.

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

Broadway - Musicals

SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical
By Deirdre Donovan on December 18, 2017
Adventure packed musical sends you home with a renewed appreciation for the power of optimism.

Once On This Island
By Julia Polinsky on December 11, 2017
life, death, gods, peasants; family, community; faith, hope, despair; color and the transformative power of love.

The Band’s Visit
By Eugene Paul on November 17, 2017
Shining new star Katrina Lenk and shining stellar Tony Shalhoub head a brilliant cast in a brilliant, loving new show.

Prince of Broadway
By Eugene Paul on September 05, 2017
No one has reveled in the breadth of variety of productions covering a varied palette in taste and temperament, producing and directing for almost 70 years.

Miss Saigon
by Deirdre Donovan On May. 19 2017

This old musical that is best-known for its famous helicopter returns to Broadway as fresh as an orange blossom.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
by Eugene Paul On May. 09 2017

The Candy Man in the person of Christian Borle illuminates the theatre whenever he’s on stage with his assorted wonders.

Hello, Dolly
by Eugene Paul On May. 06 2017

Bette Midler is a phenomenon as a performer but it’s her winning warmth that clinches you in this great, musical classic.

by Eugene Paul On May. 03 2017

Funny, exciting, moving, realistic yet poetic, with show stopping songs. And chemistry? You gotta go.

by Marc Miller On May. 01 2017

Far the most extravagantly beautiful physical production you’ll ever see. Not a masterpiece but breathtakingly competent.

War Paint
by Eugene Paul On Apr. 17 2017

A concocted mash up expertly executed for two of today’s greatest luminaries, Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole giving unstinting performances.

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.

Sunday in the Park with George
by Jeanne Lieberman On Feb. 23 2017

Gyllenhaal Soars on Sondheim Score, a wave of art and artistry.

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

Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812
By Deirdre Donovan On Dec. 7, 2016

Dave Molloy takes a 70-page sliver of Tolstoy’s War and Peace and morphs it into a total-immersion rock musical.

by Eugene Paul On Nov. 15, 2016

Achingly funny, achingly sad, witty, clever, beautiful, nuts, layers and layers of feeling and meaning. Unmissable.

by Michall Jeffers On Sept. 22, 2016

all in all, the show remains the same, cloying to some, purrrfect to others.

by David Schultz On May.4

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

by Michall Jeffers On Jan.13

Handily combines history and hip hop

School of Rock
by Michall Jeffers On Dec.22

Class is in session, and rocking is the lesson.

On Your Feet
by Eugene Paul on Nov. 12

Gloria’s and Emilio’s greatest hit, fresh, lush, endearing, find the Latin in you, sway those hips and warm the cockles of your heart.

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.

‘Phantom of the Opera’
Welcomes Norm Lewis as its First Black Lead on Broadway

by Jeanne Lieberman on June. 18
Lewis brings a sexually intense, almost menacing persona, overpowering in this version and every indication the magic of this opus still works.

After Midnight!
By Jeanne Lieberman on May. 1
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

by Jeannie Lieberman on Mar. 26
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
A feel good evening of special delight to her fans and all those who just want a slick, nostalgic, music-packed evening.

Broadway - Plays


By Deirdre Donovan on Jan. 12, 2018
Actor-playwright Jack Fry brings back the ghost of a famous theoretical physicist  filled with humor, wit, and humanity.

Farinelli and the King
By Ron Cohen on December 22, 2017
Make mine music, says the mad king, and Mark Rylance scores another triumph.

Meteor Shower
By Eugene Paul on December 22, 2017
AmySchumer. Keegan-Michael Key. Laura Benanti. Jeremy Shamos. Steve Martin. Jerry Zaks. What more could you want?

The Children
By David Schultz on December 16, 2017
Brilliant cautionary drama from playwright Lucy Kirkwood makes you think as you shrink in horror. Perfectly calibrated in tone and content.

The Parisian Woman
By Ron Cohen on December 11, 2017
A drawing room comedy for the Trump era, pumped up with movie star power.

By Ron Cohen on November 20, 2017
Junk bonds prove their dramatic value in this exhilarating tale of Wall Street chicanery.

Latin History For Morons
By Edward Medina on November 15, 2017

A fearless entertainer and a masterful wordsmith from the king of one man shows

M. Butterfly
By Edward Medina on November 6, 2017
Butterfly lovers once again find redemption, now more an emotional punch than a shocking blow to the mind.

Michael Moore on Broadway: The Terms of My Surrender
By Julia Polinsky on August 18, 2017
A hugely successful provocateur who can move a despairing audience to be activists.

By Ron Cohen on July. 28, 2017
George Orwell’s seminal novel makes for blistering stage fare, a cautionary political tale with more than a touch of Grand Guignol.

Marvin’s Room
By Ron Cohen on July. 11, 2017
Laughter and sickness cohabit in this Off-Broadway play from the 1990s, now getting a Broadway premiere.

A Doll’s House, Part 2
By Ron Cohen on May. 12, 2017
Nora comes back! Let the talk – entertaining, provocative and stimulating – begin!

By Eugene Paul on May. 05, 2017
Yes, go to admire, to enjoy, to be thrilled, most of all to be touched.

Six Degrees of Separation
By Marc Miller on Apr. 28, 2017
John Guare’s meditation on identity and connection in contemporary New York still reverberates, but with a little less urgency.

The Little Foxes
By Ron Cohen on Apr. 24, 2017
Greed has never been more enthralling.

The Play that Goes Wrong
By Eugene Paul on Apr. 20, 2017
Sometimes you just plain need a mad, crude, hysterically funny whirlwind to blow away the cobwebs. This is it.

Present Laughter
By Ron Cohen on Apr. 17, 2017
Kevin Kline delivers exactly what the title promises – and a lot more – in this Noël Coward romp.

By Marc Miller on Apr. 03, 2017
Lynn Nottage’s Rust Belt elegy is an old-fashioned great American play.

The Price
By Deirdre Donovan on Mar. 28, 2017
Penetrating in its portraits of family members, investing each with a deep humanity.

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

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
By Arney Rosenblat On January 02, 2018

An ambitious, visually beautiful attempt to transport an audience to another time and place.

The Mad Ones
By Eugene Paul On November 22, 2017

It’s not often you find a hit song in a still developing new musical but composers Kerrigan-Lowdermilk have shown us how.

Encores! Off Center: Assassins
By Deirdre Donovan On June 21, 2017

In Stephen Sondheim’s 1990 vaudeville musical good taste is eschewed and the bad boys and girls of American history get thrust into the spotlight to criticize Uncle Sam

1776 at New York City Center Encores!
by Julia Polinsky On Apr.6

A possibly boring history lesson became vibrant and alive, dished up with terrific performances in a timely, humorous, poignant musical.

Lady, Be Good!
New York City Center Encores!
by Joel Benjamin on Feb. 16

Encores! has taken a silly period piece and turned it into an entertaining, if slight, confection. Tommy Tune a plus!

Off-Broadway - Plays

by Eugene Paul On December 27, 2017

A splendid revival of William Nicholson’s elegantly conceived love story about unlikely C.S. Lewis.

It’s a Wonderful Life: The Live Radio Play
by Deirdre Donovan On December 27, 2017

This charming holiday show at the Irish Repertory Theatre company is meant for both the eye and ear.

by R Pikser On December 14, 2017

What would it mean to be truly awake? What would it take to get there?

De Novo
by Deirdre Donovan On December 14, 2017

True story of a Guatemalan teen in the immigration courts in the United States.

Hot Mess
by Ron Cohen On December 06, 2017

A rom-com mixes sweetness with a barrage of descriptive talk about sex acts, and hey, sweetness wins!

Pride and Prejudice
by Julia Polinsky On December 05, 2017

A dizzying transformation of Austen’s work into post-postmodern screwball comedy.

by Arney Rosenblatt On November 22, 2017

"You are Jewish. But we are Israeli."

Lady Macbeth And Her Lover
by Edward Medina On November 20, 2017

Out, damned poet. Out!

The Portuguese Kid
by Eugene Paul On November 20, 2017

A completely expert cast trolls for laughs high and low in John Patrick Shanley’s brash comedy.

Torch Song
by David Schultz On November 17, 2017

A welcome return of a classic early play by Harvey Fierstein, humor and pathos intact.

Don’t Feed The Indians
by Edward Medina On November 17, 2017

A twisted variety show with an in-your-face moral message that’s meant to amuse, but make one squirm in the process.

What We're Up Against
by Arney Rosenblat On November 16, 2017

All about power, whether it means climbing up the ladder, holding tight to its rungs or not getting pushed off from your top perch.

Marcel and The Art of Laughter
by R. Pikser On November 14, 2017

Mr. Magni and Mr. Houben make us fall in love with their work and, because of their work, with them.

The Last Match
by Eugene Paul On November 14, 2017

Gets us into the minds of Tim and Sergei… tennis and life are one.

In Love with the Arrow Collar Man
by Marc Miller On November 14, 2017

The true story of a love that shouldn’t have worked but did, and the compelling cultural history surrounding it.

by Ron Cohen On November 14, 2017

An arresting look back at the early history of the New York Shakespeare Festival and a loving but unsentimental valentine to its revered creator, Joe Papp.

by Julia Polinsky On November 09, 2017

Lipsmacking truths about the American woman’s obsession with weight, sandwiched between hilarious standup and touching stories.

Measure for Measure
by Ron Cohen On October 31, 2017

One of Shakespeare’s classic “problem plays” is no problem for this rambunctious theater company.

The Home Place
by Ron Cohen On October 27, 2017

A solid New York premiere for Brian Friel’s incisive look at the simmering of Anglo-Irish conflict.

Lonely Planet
by Ron Cohen On October 20, 2017

Two gay men face the AIDS epidemic with friendship, conversation – and chairs, lots of them.

The Treasurer
by Eugene Paul On October 17, 2017

Two must see performances, by Deanna Dunagan and Peter Friedman, drive Max Posner’s intriguing play.

A Clockwork Orange
by Edward Medina On October 10, 2017

A lot of beef. Not much cake.

by Eugene Paul On October 03, 2017

The New Yiddish Rep’s newest, most vigorous outing, bound to make you think about yourself.

Mary Jane
by Ron Cohen On October 03, 2017

Amy Herzog explores with arresting detail and artful restraint the plight and the rewards of caring for a systemically ill child.

As You Like It
by Ron Cohen On September 29, 2017

The story’s a little muddy, but director John Doyle and company still fill this trip to Shakespeare’s Forest of Arden with lots of happy sightseeing.

In & Of Itself
by Edward Medina On September 27, 2017

A mysterious and wonder filled production of magic and storytelling.

The Violin
By Eugene Paul on September 26, 2017

Engrossing, touching, funny. It gets under your skin.

Small World
By Eugene Paul on September 26, 2017

The first hit of the new season? Broadway bound? Why not…Funny, witty, insightful. Beautifully produced. Go.

For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday
by Edward Medina On September 20, 2017

Fucking A
by Ron Cohen On September 19, 2017

Suzan-Lori Parks' storytelling is a heady brew of Brecht, Greed tragedy and – oh, yes – Nathaniel Hawthorne

On the Shore of the Wide World
by Ron Cohen On September 18, 2017

Three generations of an English family, viewed under a compassionate microscope

by Marc Miller On September 11, 2017

A man. A woman. A cow. Count the possibilities.

The Suitcase under the Bed
by Marc Miller On September 01, 2017

The Mint continues championing Teresa Deevy with four one-acts, most of them frustratingly slight and passive.

Van Gogh’s Ear
by Ron Cohen On August 17, 2017

Become gloriously immersed in Van Gogh, from psyche to canvas, with great chamber music a bonus.

Midsummer Night's Dream
by Arney Rosenblat On August 2, 2017

The diverse cast of chosen actors are incandescent in their roles making this a must see evening.

by Ron Cohen On July 21, 2017

Dominique Morisseau’s words come at you like machine-gun fire and they are piercing, powerful and well-aimed.

The Crusade of Connor Stephens
by Deirdre Donovan On July 21, 2017

Texan playwright Dewey Moss brings his melodrama about gun violence to Off Broadway but it has nothing particularly new to say on the topic.

The Cost of Living
by Deirdre Donovan On July 19, 2017

Martyna Majok pushes the artistic envelope with her new play that centers on two physically-disabled persons.

The Traveling lady
by Arney Rosenblat On July 11, 2017

A poignant story of longing and remorse set in a rural 1950's Texas town.

Napoli, Brooklyn
by Ron Cohen On June 30 2017

An explosive tragedy lifts a passionate but intimate drama of an Italian-American family.

Measure for Measure
by Eugene Paul On June 30 2017

Director Godwin picks his cues from the Bard and ratchets them up, pleasant or unpleasant, decadence amplified, as today, of course.

In A Word
by Julia Polinsky On June 30 2017

Deeply engrossing, a surprise in a play so short.

by Ron Cohen On June 20 2017

An overcomplicated plot but a wrenching depiction of concentration camp evil.

Julius Caesar
by Arney Rosenblat On June 14 2017

A cautionary contemporary parable for a troubled political age that dramatically illustrates how fragile democracy is.

Building the Wall
by Ron Cohen On May. 26 2017

Trump’s anti-immigration policies get a really dark and angered response from a prize-winning playwright.

The Government Inspector
by Ron Cohen On June. 02 2017

Gogol’s comic classic of bureaucracy and corruption loses none of is pertinence and keeps all of it laughs.

Fashions for Men
by Joel Benjamin on Mar. 4

A lovingly staged period piece about honor, romance and haberdashery.

John & Jen
by Joel Benjamin on Mar. 3

A small show with big emotions, illuminated through the writing of Lippa and Greenwald and given life by Conor Ryan and Kate Baldwin.

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

Katsura Sunshine
By R Pikser on November 22, 2017

An English language practitioner of an ancient Japanese story telling form, is charming and captivating in the practice of his craft.

Strange Interlude
By Deirdre Donovan on October 31, 2017

David Greenspan single-handedly tackles Eugene O’Neill’s nine-act drama at the Irondale Center in Brooklyn.

By Ron Cohen on October 25, 2017

A busy day in a New York taxi covers a lot of territory, from Elizabethan poetry to Wall Street chicanery. Take a ride.

By Edward Medina on October 25, 2017

Blood, bath, and beyond excellent.

Zero Hour
By Arney Rosenblat on June 15, 2017

A complex man that used humor both as a piercing weapon and a protective wall.

The Miracle of Long Johns

By Edward Rubin on Dec. 4
A dizzying array of dance, song, double-entendres, and vaudevillian-type jokes from every conceivable angle—political, social, cultural, sexual, and otherwise.

The Bullpen

By Eric Grunin on Feb. 16
Gives you more truths about the justice system in an hour than any cable drama gives you in a whole season.The Central Park Five, the group falsely arrested in 1989, spoke after the performance .


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.


Gambling on Love

By Deirdre Donovan on November 28, 2017
Robin Kradles new solo show kicked off the holiday season at Don’t Tell Mama in vivacious Vegas style.

That’s Entertainment: Dietz & Schwartz and Friends

By Deirdre Donovan on July 19, 2017
The Mabel Mercer Foundation resurrected the crème de la crème ofthis famed duo -plus a little help from their friends.

Broadway by the Year: 2007 - 2017

By Deirdre Donovan on July 11, 2017
Scott Siegel returned to Town Hall hosting a next-to-perfect evening of Broadway songs performed by some of Broadway’s Big Names.

From Camelot to California: The Worlds of Lerner and Loewe

By Deirdre Donovan on June 15, 2017
A fitting tribute to Lerner and Loewe, who continually wove fantasy, myth, and romance into their art.

NY Pops – Something Wonderful

By Stewart Schulman on May. 03, 2017
An evening celebrating creative collaboration—with a whole lot of heart.

The American Classical Orchestra: The Ninth Symphony (Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125)

By Deirdre Donovan on Apr. 20, 2017
This period presentation offered authenticity that harkened back to its first performance, Vienna, 1824.

The New York Pops: "Life is a Cabaret: The Songs of Kander and Ebb"

By Deirdre Donovan and Jeanne Lieberman on Mar. 13, 2017
The celebrated orchestra created some magical razzle-dazzle under the enthusiastic baton of Steven Reineke at Carnegie Hall.

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.


The Red Shoes
By Edward Medina on November 08, 2017

Without a single word, with only powerful grace, one can truly believe in the transformative powers of a pair of crimson slippers.

Rioult Dance New York
By R. Pikser on June 14, 2017

Two ballets, one old, one new, contrast in how they deal with the forks in life’s road.

The Deborah Zall Project:  In the Company of Women
By R. Pikser on May. 31, 2017

A look back at where we have come from helps us understand where we might go.

By R. Pikser on Mar. 08, 2017

An hour and a half of drumming could just be a lot of noise, but the 14 young men of Kodo bring the audience into a meditative space.

Anabella Lenzu
By R. Pikser on Nov. 07, 2016

The Argentinian of Italian extraction brings us back to dance charged with emotion.

Dances Patrelle – Macbeth
By Roberta Pikser on Sept. 29, 2016

This reinterpretation of Macbeth could do with a bit more power, but had some interesting moments.

Thorns of the Crown
By Roberta Pikser on Sept. 22, 2016

Takes Shakespeare as its inspiration, but needs to learn something about specificity from the poet.

Ballet Inc. THE SERIES: Vol. 1
By Roberta Pikser on Aug. 27

Two evening samplers, comprising 34 choreographers, demonstrate the necessity for clarity in organization and in creativity and performance.

Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games
By Julia Polinsky on Dec. 11

Big, bold, spectacle wrapped around a simple storyline in Michael Flatley’s fabulous flambuoyant farewell tour

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
By Joel Benjamin on Dec. 30

Three new works expand the techniques and expressive power of this exciting troupe’s dancers.


Annie Get Your Gun
by Ed Lieberman on October, 25, 2017

WBT once aqain proves There’s No Business Like Show Business.

The Honeymooners
by David Schultz on October, 23, 2017

An undercooked rehash of the beloved television series for the 55-Plus Set.

by David Schultz on September, 28, 2017

Familiar themes with a touch of noir make lots of noise, and ends on a whimper.

by Ed Lieberman on August. 03, 2017

Bring the family to see the perfect summer entertainment for adults and (as they used to say at the circus) children of all ages!

Mamma Mia
by Ed Lieberman on May. 15, 2017

The Westchester Broadway Theater has its mojo back!

The Bikinis
by Ed Lieberman on Feb. 20, 2017

Jukebox musical an antidote for winter.

by David Schultz on Feb. 10, 2017

Mesmerizing production of playwright Annie Baker’s haunted tale perfectly rendered.

Christmas Inn
by Ed Lieberman on Dec. 19, 2016

A pleasant Holiday diversion, complete with repast!

Bye Bye Birdie
by Ed Lieberman on Aug. 18, 2016

A delightful diversion from today’s news.

Million Dollar Quartet
by Ed Lieberman on Aug. 12, 2016

A nostalgic visit to a seminal event in the history of music, involving major talents who were to become legends of rock ‘n’ roll.

Happy Days, A New Musical
by Ed Lieberman on May. 31, 2016

Happy Days, A New Musical . . . a spirited but rare miss at WBT.

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Kismet’s 10th annual Burger Cookoff 17

Photos & text by Bradlee and Chef John on July 12,2017

a great night of burgers, friends and laughs to showcase what it is to be a community.

Chris Memorial

By Andrea Wikso and Erin Wahlberg on July 12,2017

Beloved friend and Kismet Inn Bartender

Kismet’s July 4th ‘17 parade

text and photos by Bradlee on July 12,2017

The 52nd Kismet 4th of July Parade, dedicated to Joyce Cole, and led by the Kismet Fire Department Color Guard, kicked off Sunday at 11 a.m.

Kismet’s 15 Minutes of Fame, A Formal Red Carpet Event

photos and text by Bradlee on June. 29,2017


By Jeannie on June. 08,2017

KFD open house

By Bradlee on June. 08,2017

Kismet KCA Spring Meeting ‘17

By Jeannie on June. 08,2017

Even a larger space at the Firehouse overflowed.

A Bench for Binnie

By Jeannie on June. 08,2017

Kismet’s best friend and Fair Harbor’s cherished citizen, known as “Binnie”

old friends, new season

Photos by Myrna and Jeannie on May. 15,2017

Piping Plover in Peril or Fire Island residents?

By Nicole Allegrezza on May. 12,2017
Long Island Advance

FWS must relax regulations so that beach goers can enjoy a less-limited season

KISMET UPDATE: Winter Wonderland

By Jeannie Lieberman on Feb. 12,2017

Fire Island Deer Dodge The Bullet
…for now

By Jeannie Lieberman on Feb. 12,2017

KISMET KCA ELECTION ‘16: Washington Take Note

By Jeannie on Oct. 18,2016

On Fire Island, a Scar From Hurricane Sandy Is Seen as a Good Thing

By LISA W. FODERARO on Oct. 03,2016

The breach that cuts through is increasingly, seen as something of a good thing.


By Jeannie on Aug. 11

Kismet’s Annual July 4th (3rd) Parade
A merry mix of military and madcap creativity

Photos by Bradlee and Jeannie on July. 7

The 41st Annual Fire Island Invasion!!
an ecstatic melding of the Grove and Pines "sisterhood"

by Jeannie on July. 7

Gay Pride in Cherry Grove
an extraordinary day of Remembrance and Celebration

photos by James Belzer, Jerry Ferreira and Just Lorraine
text by Jeannie on June. 24

“Hate will never win, together we celebrate that principle”.

The 9th Annual, Kismet Burger Cook Off
by Gregg Weisser on June. 24

Everyone who was there were winners because what's better than getting friends together having burgers on the beach.

Memorial For Paul Whitney On Father’s Day
A Fitting Tribute To One Kismet’s Favorite Fathers

by Jeannie on June. 24

Paul would have enjoyed the tribute; short, sentimental but not too mushy, with smiles instead of tears.

It May Be 2016, But Straight Parents Still Need Advice
Raising LGBT Children

by Wesley C. Davidson & Jonathan L. Tobkes, M.D. on June. 3

A Six-Minute Plan to Rid Clothes of Ticks
By ANN LUKITS on June. 1

New study alters old protocol

by Jeannie on Jan. 3

Fire Island National Seashore has announced their plan to shoot Fire Island’s deer They are giving us 30 days to try to change their minds

Press Release

Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society






Sunday 3

Evening Tower Tour

4 pm- Experience the sunset on the first day of winter.  View the sunset from the top of the Lighthouse.  Bring a flashlight for your walk back to the parking field. - $15 for FILPS members/$20 for non-members. Reservations Required.  Sunset 4:26 pm.

Saturday 9

Light Keepers Behind the Scenes Tour

9 am – Follow one of our present day Lighthouse Keepers on his rounds.  This bottom to top tour takes you from the auxiliary generator and the Light Keepers workshop in the basement of the Keeper’s Quarters to the beacon in the lantern room of the lighthouse tower. Learn how lighthouse Keepers in the 1860’s to 2017 maintained the light.  Includes a tour of the Lens Building, which houses our original first order Fresnel Lens, and the Boat House.  Tour takes approximately 2 ½ hours.    $15 for FILPS Members/$20 for non-members – Reservations required. Limit 12 people.

Saturday 9

15th Annual Reenactment of the Flying Santa

11:30 am to 12:30 pm– Relive this historic event with us.  Santa arrives at the Lighthouse.  Great photo opportunity!  Come early.  Free


Call (631) 661-4876 to make all reservations


The Lighthouse and museum is open all year round.  Winter hours are 10am – 4pm daily until December 15-then 10 am to 4pm weekdays and 11am to 4pm weekends.  All parking is in Field #5 of the Robert Moses State Park. Tower tours are $7 adults, $4 seniors & Children under 12 (children must be 42” tall to climb).  Foot ware is required to climb. Call for tower availability.

The Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society

4640 Captree Island, Captree Island, New York 11702  (631) 661-4876     
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**Programs and times are subject to change.  Please visit our web site for updated information.**



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