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The New Spring Season ‘19

Lots Borrowed; Few New


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Borrowed: From the movies: Beetlejuice, Tootsie; Magic Mike (prequel to Magic Mike film)

From Off bway: Be More Chill, The Other Josh Cohen, What the Constitution means to me, Hadestown (musical of Orpheus and Eurydice)

Revivals: King Lear, Kiss me kate, Oklahoma, Burn This,
Merrily we Roll Along, True West, All My Sons

A Few New:

 Sadly, the three new musicals are all jukebox

Don’t Stop (Michael Jackson), Ain’t Too Proud (Temptations) Tina (Ms Turner)

New plays: Alice by Heart, Gary, (a sequel to Shakespeare's first tragedy, Titus Andronicus)

and a tantalizing tidbit, Hillary & Clinton, starring John Lithgow and Laurie Metcalf

It is Theaterscene’s pleasure to bring all these productions

including Off & Off Off Broadway to you

And we invite you to continue with us as we cover the ever active

New Season


Current season week ending 2/10/2019                                                Resource:


Few shows have survived winter, some prematurely, some by design.

MIA: Getting the Band Back, Head Over Heels, The Nap, Straight White Men, Torch Song, Waverly Gallery, Lifespan of a fact, American Son,

Also Missing:


1988. Photograph: Rex/Shutterstock


Carol Elaine Channing, singer and actor, born 31 January 1921; died 15 January 2019                              Ronald Bergan

With her huge, saucer eyes, elastic smile, gravelly voice and buttercup hairdo, Carol Channing, who has died aged 97, was a favorite of caricaturists, impersonators and drag acts. However, behind the flamboyant facade was a real stage trouper who missed only one performance out of almost 5,000 during her original stint on Broadway (1964-65) and years on the road and in revivals as the matchmaker Dolly Levi in the Jerry Herman hit musical Hello, Dolly! She used to tell her understudies: “Don’t worry about learning the part. You’ll never have to go on.”

Although Hello, Dolly! was originally written for Ethel Merman, who turned it down, and was played subsequently by dozens of celebrated performers, including Merman, none of them was better than Channing. (Barbra Streisand in the 1969 film version was far too young in the role.) The show won 10 Tony awards, including one for Channing, who gained rave reviews. The New York Daily News proclaimed her “the most outgoing woman on the musical stage today – big and warm, all eyes and smiles, in love with everybody in the theatre and possessing a unique voice ranging somewhat upward from a basso profundo”.  From her big break in the Broadway revue Lend An Ear (1948), in which, according to one critic, “the wide-eyed beauty displayed her fabulous comic talents and vocal abilities”, Channing was hardly ever out of the spotlight on stage, television and film until well into her 90s.


Carol Channing as Muzzy Van Hossmere in Thoroughly Modern Millie, 1967.

Carol Channing as Muzzy Van Hossmere in Thoroughly Modern Millie, 1967. Photograph: Allstar/Cinetext

She was born in Seattle, Washington, the only child of George Channing, a newspaper editor, and his wife, Adelaide (nee Glaser), who were both active in the Christian Science movement. After attending high school in San Francisco and Bennington College, Vermont, where she majored in drama and dance, Channing landed a job understudying Eve Arden in the Cole Porter musical Let’s Face It! (1941) on Broadway.   After touring on the nightclub circuit, she returned to Broadway in Lend An Ear, playing several parts, most notably as an over-energetic chorus girl in a spoof of 1920s musicals.

This led to the musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1949-51), set in the 20s. As the gleefully scheming Lorelei Lee, who wants to marry a sugar daddy, Channing stopped the show with Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend. Brooks Atkinson said in the New York Times: “She goes through the play like a crazed automaton – husky enough to kick in the teeth of any gentleman on the stage, but mincing coyly in high-heel shoes and looking at the confused world through big, wide starry eyes. There has never been anything like this in human society.” Channing was much closer to the character in the novel by Anita Loos than the guileless and vulnerable performance of Marilyn Monroe in the updated 1953 movie version. After a long run as Lorelei, Channing toured in a summer stock before being back in her element (replacing Rosalind Russell), singing and dancing, on Broadway in Leonard Bernstein’s Wonderful Town (1953-54). In 1959, she starred in Show Business, an extended version of her one-woman nightclub act, in which she did a hilarious impersonation of Marlene Dietrich.

Carol Channing, right, with Ginger Rogers in First Traveling Saleslady, 1956.

Carol Channing, right, with Ginger Rogers in First Traveling Saleslady, 1956. Photograph: Rex/Shutterstock

Channing embodied the role with which she would always be associated, Dolly, at the St James theatre, New York, in January 1964.

She had started a parallel career on television, making guest appearances. However, she made very few feature films, perhaps because her exuberant personality was unsuited to the cinema. Nevertheless, she made an impression in her first screen role in The First Traveling Saleslady (1956) set in 1897 Texas. As the friend of the eponymous saleswoman (Ginger Rogers), Channing got to belt out A Corset Can Do a Lot for a Lady and to seduce a cavalry lieutenant (the young Clint Eastwood).  Some years later, now even more famous in the US for Dolly Levi, Channing landed her best film role in the 20s flapper-era lampoon Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967) for which she was nominated for an Oscar as best supporting actress. As the eccentric socialite widow Muzzy Van Hossmere, shrieking “Raspberries!” at odd moments, singing I’m a Jazz Baby and doing a tap dance on a xylophone, Channing stole the picture from Julie Andrews (in the title role), Mary Tyler Moore and Bea Lillie.  In Skidoo (1968), Otto Preminger’s curious attempt to satirize the 60s psychedelic culture, Channing sang the title song – a hippy anthem – and did a wild LSD-fueled striptease for the faded pop star Angie, played by Frankie Avalon.

Carol Channing in Hello, Dolly! at the St James theatre, New York, circa 1964.

Carol Channing in Hello, Dolly! at the St James theatre, New York, circa 1964. Photograph: Getty Images

Back on Broadway she revisited her two signature roles, in Lorelei (1974), a slightly rewritten version of Gentleman Prefer Blondes, and in Hello, Dolly! in New York (1978) and at the Drury Lane theatre, London (1979). When she returned once more to the show in 1995, at the age of 74, Variety wrote: “Certain products of western civilization exist beyond criticism and the ravages of time: Grant’s Tomb, the Hollywood sign, Carol Channing in Hello, Dolly!” She received a Tony lifetime achievement award that year.

Channing was married four times and twice divorced. She is survived by a son, Channing Carson (who works as a cartoonist under the name Chan Lowe), from her second marriage, to Alexander Carson, which ended in divorce. Her third husband, Charles Lowe, whom she married in 1956, and who adopted her son, died in 1999. In 2003, she married Harry Kullijian, her childhood sweetheart. Their relationship was chronicled in the documentary Carol Channing: Larger than Life, which was released in 2012, the year after Harry’s death. Channing’s memoir, Just Lucky I Guess, was published in 2002.

Arlene Epstein


Arlene, right                                            Photo Barry Gordon

ARLENE Cohen Epstein, most recently of Atlantic Beach, NY, passed away on January 6, 2019, at the age of 82. She was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Harvey, and by her sister Lydia Saiger, in 1986.  Eldest daughter of Harry Cohen and Sally Firetag Cohen of Manhattan Beach, NY, she was a loving mother to Jolie Epstein Kapelus and her husband Jerome of New York City, and Adam Epstein and his wife Ilene of Hewlett, NY. Arlene graduated from Lincoln High School, attended Brandeis University, graduated from Barnard College and later received a Masters Degree in Humanities from Hofstra University. She was an accomplished golfer and achieved Life Master status with the American Contract Bridge League. She served on the Boards of several charitable organizations, including The Laura Rosenberg Foundation for Pediatric Leukemia, Israel Tennis Centers, the Peninsula Counseling Center, Five Towns Community Chest SESD and South Shore Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. A prolific writer, her crowning professional achievement was as a theatre critic. In addition to a 30-year career writing her weekly “Critic-at-Leisure“ column for the South Shore Record, and later, the Nassau Herald, she was a Member and Board Member of the prestigious Drama Desk since 1982, and a Tony Award voter for many years. She was also a member of the Outer Critics Circle, the American Theatre Critics Association and the League of Professional Theater Women. She will be missed sorely by her six grandchildren, Samantha, Casey and Brett Epstein, and Liza, Sydney and Griffin Kapelus; by her special niece, Aimee Saiger; sister Patricia Caesar and her husband, Vince Stehle; brother Jeffrey Cohen and his wife Kathy; and, her extended Epstein, Hyman & Firetag families.

On Mon, Jan 7, 2019 at 3:04 PM David Gordon wrote:

Dear Outer Critics Circle Members,

It is with great sadness that we must let you know of the passing of longtime Outer Critics Circle member Arlene Epstein. An official obituary and additional info is forthcoming, but please see below for service and shiva information, should you wish to attend or send flowers.


David G.

Editor’s note:

I haven’t realized till now how much Arlene meant to me,

though we rarely saw each other except on press nights (when she would blithely waltz in just nano seconds before the curtain went up, very visible because she always had front row seats (“so I could hear”),or at Drama Desk and OCC functions.

Arlene was special to me because of our shared backgrounds; we were briefly schoolmates at Brandeis university, both Brooklyn born, our shared ethnicity was a bond and shortcut to each other.

I shall always remember her unique humor and her signature scarves. And her mock concern when her husband was about to retire  ”I want a man in my house but not in my kitchen”.

Although extremely thin I was unaware of any frailty as her energy and spirit seemed undiminished.

She will be missed.

                                       Jeanne Lieberman


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Winners & Wannabes
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Race to the Finish

Having cleared the hurdles of the runner up prestigious awards the most coveted, The Tony Award, is upon us Here's a recap of the 2017-2018 season winners so far and the Tony Nominations
Please note the Editor's Picks at each category and match your opinions with mine

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Broadway - Musicals

Ainít Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations
by Deirdre Donovan on April, 18, 2019

Literally puts the soul back into the jukebox genre, and thatís no easy accomplishment, in telling the story of a Motown group who beat a path to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

by Eugene Paul on April, 16, 2019

If youíre the right generation, youíll be amazed at what has happened to your favorite score.

Kiss Me, Kate
by Deirdre Donovan on March, 28, 2019

Scott Ellis helms a classic musical comedy with a terrific cast of which Cole Porter and even Me,Too-ers would approve.

The Cher Show
by Eugene Paul on December, 31, 2018

The sheer energy of those knockout, toned dancers, those magnificent girls, those magnificent men, is pure Broadway bliss

King Kong
by Eugene Paul on November, 27, 2018

We are children again, captured by irresistible spectacle, captured by story. If that isn't theater what is?

The Prom
by Marc Miller on November, 20, 2018

A new Golden Age musical comedy, or the closest thing we'll get to one.

Head Over Heels
by Deirdre Donovan on August, 16, 2018

The Elizabethan and contemporary world collide in this new jukebox musical that is fueled by the Go Go's songs and spiced by Peppermint.

Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
by Julia Polinsky on April, 30, 2018

Like watching a glitzy, glossy Vegas tribute. But it's got a beat, and you can dance to it. (People do. And sing along.)

Mean Girls The Musical
By Deirdre Donovan on April 25, 2018
Tina Fey's a fond look back at the tribal rites of high school.

By Marc Miller on April 16, 2018
What happens when you tamper with a classic.

Frozen: The Broadway Musical
By Julia Polinsky on April 09, 2018
Take a kid, and see the magic through a child's eyes. Disney Does Fun. Let it go, and let 'em.

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
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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.

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

by Marc Miller On May. 01 2017

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

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

Sunday in the Park with George
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Gyllenhaal Soars on Sondheim Score, a wave of art and artistry.

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

by David Schultz On May.4

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

by Michall Jeffers On Jan.13

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by Michall Jeffers On Dec.22

Class is in session, and rocking is the lesson.

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.

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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’
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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!
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Broadway - Plays

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A behind-the-scenes look at the 2008 election, and the twisted dynamic between Hillary and Bill Clinton.

Burn This
        by Ron Cohen on April 19, 2019

Adam Driver and Keri Russell supply more than sufficient heat for this Lanford Wilson revival.

True West
        by Fern Siegel on February 08, 2019

Two brothers fight for survival in their motherís California home, a stand-in for the frontier.

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

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

Choir Boy
        by Ron Cohen on January 18, 2019

A masterful work exploring young blacks moving into manhood at a prep school and especially, the gay and exceptional fellow student in their midst.

The Waverly Gallery
By Deirdre Donovan on December 28, 2018

The legendary Elaine May is making waves on Broadway in Kenneth Lonergan's 1999 play about a gutsy left-wing grandmother suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

By Fern Siegel on December 14, 2018

We're "mad as hell" and we're not going to take it anymore!

The Lifespan Of A Fact
By Eugene Paul on December 05, 2018

There's a reason or two everyone's talking about this play. See for yourself.

The Ferryman
By Eugene Paul on November 14, 2018

One of the outstanding bounties of this or any other season.

American Son
By Eugene Paul on November 12, 2018

You'll be glad you saw it as you discuss the play all the way home.

The Nap
By Ron Cohen on October 10, 2018

Lots of snooker and lots of laughs make for a happy combination.

By Ron Cohen on October 01, 2018

Rebeck, McTeer, Shakespeare and Bernhardt: It's a love letter to theater and a feminist manifesto.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 and 2
By Julia Polinsky on May 4, 2018

Enough theater magic to fill the eyes, story to satisfy the mind, and character to touch the heart.

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.

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

Sondheim: Wordplay
By Deirdre Donovan on April 12, 2019

The 92nd Street Yís Lyrics & Lyricists series takes a closer look at Sondheimís preternatural gift for wordplay.

I Married an Angel
Encores! At New York City Center

By Julia Polinsky on March 29, 2019

Encores! Does a terrific job, the dancing is magnificent, but the story falls short, in Rodgers and Hartís I Married an Angel at City Center.

The Other Josh Cohen
By Julia Polinsky on March 26, 2019

Fun songs, frenetic pacing, and a terrific cast tell the tale of a pathetic-but-charming shlub who wins out in the end.

Yes I Can: The Sammy Davis, Jr. Songbook
By Deirdre Donovan on March 05, 2019

The 92nd Street Yís ďLyrics & LyricistsĒ series celebrates Black History Month with the genius of Sammy Davis, Jr.

Merrily We Roll Along
By David Schultz on March 05, 2019

Fiasco Theaterís shortened One Act is neither a fiasco nor a hit, its somewhere in-between.

Encores! Call Me Madam
By Arney Rosenblat on February 20, 2019

City Center celebrates its 75th Anniversary Season.

Betty and the Belrays
By Julia Polinsky on February 14, 2019

Sometimes a fun show is just a fun show. And sometimes, itís got a Message and is Making A Point. This comes with all three: message, point, and fun.

Frankenstein: A New Musical
By Deirdre Donovan on Janurary 29, 2018

Mary Shelley’s classic horror novel is now humming a ghoulish tune at St. Luke’s Theatre.

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.

Clueless, The Musical
By Edward Rubin on January 07, 2019

Clueless is back, this time as a two and a half hour, acrobatically dance-heavy, in-your-face, over the top, teenage hormonal-exploding, fun-filled, six-piece band-backed musical.

All is Calm
By Jeanne and Edward Lieberman on December 18, 2018

“For one day, no man's land became everyman's land.”
This should be a perennial for Christmas, Easter and/or anytime your faith in humanity needs healing

A Chorus Line
by Julia Polinsky on November 20, 2018

It's still singular. And it's still a sensation.

Midnight at the Never Get
by Deirdre Donovan on October 22, 2018

The new musical at the York Theatre about a young gay couple in the 60s has some good moments but lacks magic.

Girl From The North Country
by Fern Siegel on October 16, 2018

Bob Dylan's wistful tunes embrace an elegiac musical that captures the melancholy of Depression-era Midwesterners.

by Julia Polinsky on October 10, 2018

This is not your mother's Oklahoma! It's a brilliant theatrical re-imagining of the show you think you know, with a staggering impact.

Fiddler on the Roof
by Fern Siegel on September 25, 2018

Tevye, Golde and the residents of Anetevka are back ? and more authentic than ever.

by Fern Siegel on September 05, 2018

Mental illness strictly for and about the worried well employs wordplay and the occasionally zingy one-liner.

Smokey Joe's Cafť
by Jeanne Lieberman on August 03, 2018

Is it alright to enjoy a musical without message? Yes!!!

The Sting
by Jeannie Lieberman on April 20, 2018

Brace yourself Broadway! A Big Brawny Musical may be heading your way led by Harry Connick, Jr. and a tireless troupe of terpsichorean tap dancers.

Encores! Hey, Look Me Over
By Jeanne Lieberman On February 16, 2018

Bouncy Box of Musical Bon Bons, Some tastier than others but ultimately satisfying.

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

Juno and the Paycock
        by Fern Siegel on April 22, 2019

Revolution ó political and familial ó is in the air as the Boyle family battles economic and social unrest.

The Lehman Trilogy
        by Arney Rosenblat on April 16, 2019

A mesmerizing odyssey of how an American Dream can devolve into an American Debacle

Do You Feel Anger?
        by Fern Siegel on April 12, 2019

Harassing women is an issue that should be confronted on stage. But the template is drama, not a sexist swing at absurdity.

Nantucket Sleigh Ride
        by Eugene Paul on April 10, 2019

Quite beyond being amused, Guareís tour de force wrapped in director Zaksís showbiz trappings is a feast become fast food.

The Cradle Will Rock
        by Eugene Paul on April 10, 2019

The Cool, attractive, more an homage than a fiery presentation of Blitzsteinís original fury.

The Mother
        by David Schultz on April 08, 2019

Acclaimed actress Isabelle Huppert is the reason, and Only reason to see this overwrought drama.

Smart Blonde
        by Ron Cohen on March 29, 2019

A brisk, sympathetic and cluttered journey through the life of a memorable star, Judy Holliday.

        by Julia Polinsky on March 28, 2019

The huge, terrible story of the 1930s mass execution of 80,000 Jewish residents, pregnant with horror and rage, somehow does not deliver the drama.

Surely Goodness and Mercy
        by Ron Cohen on March 18, 2019

A play of such buoyant spirit, it may well move you deeply and happily.

“Daddy” A Melodrama
        by David Schultz on March 15, 2019

This phantasmagoric treatise on fame, art, daddy issues, sex, and desire is a heady mix. More a mashup

Seawall/A Life
        by Arney Rosenblat on March 15, 2019

Tom Sturridge and Jake Gyllennhaal in two haunting visual memories explore life, death and their often random intersection

The Cake
        by Ron Cohen on March 11, 2019

The frosting is piled high on this mix of problem play and heart-warming comedy.

        by R. Pikser on March 08, 2019

This tribute to the late Imamu Amiri Baraka, Black theater icon, poses problems that all thinking people must confront.

Twelfth Night: Frog and Peach
        by R. Pikser on March 05, 2019

A wonderful romp, this production reminds us how wonderful Shakespeare is.

The Price of Thomas Scott
        by Marc Miller on February 25, 2019

The Mint Theater Company does well by Elizabeth Bakerís antique, but itís hard not to feel youíre being lectured to.

        by Julia Polinsky on February 25, 2019

Cat and mouse, suspense, turning the tables: Switzerland makes this old-fashioned scenario really interesting and surprising.

God Shows Up
        by Deirdre Donovan on February 15, 2019

Notable journalist-playwright Peter Filichia has penned a comedy that gives us a fresh new take on God in the new millennial.

Two Strindbergs in Repertory: The Dance of Death & Mies Julie
        by Deirdre Donovan on February 10, 2019

The Classic Stage Company gives these provocative classics fresh definition and bite.

On Blueberry Hill
        by Ron Cohen on January 24, 2019

An absorbing tale, brilliantly related by two supreme actors, makes this Irish drama a mesmerizer.

Maestro Ensemble for the Romantic Century
        by Julia Polinsky on January 18, 2019

The music, passion, and personality of conductor Arturo Toscanini, his mistress, and his resistance to fascism.

Blue Ridge
        by Ron Cohen on January 15, 2019

The inmates of a half-way house interact, climaxed by an eruption of furious emotion

Waiting for Godot in Yiddish
        by Julia Polinsky on January 10, 2019

the most likable Waiting for Godot imaginable

Tevye Served Raw, Garnished with Jews
    From the writings of Sholem Aleichem

        by Julia Polinsky on July 19, 2018

Terrific performances by wonderful actors, and funny, touching stories from Sholem Aleichem. Do yourself a favor. Don’t miss it.

Thom Pain (based on nothing)
By Deirdre Donovan on December 12, 2018

Michael C. Hall does a star turn in an Off-Broadway revival of Will Eno's one-man play.

By Fern Siegel on December 05, 2018

The basement hides all sorts of family secrets.

Two by Friel
By Ron Cohen on December 03, 2018

Two romantic and fateful dramas are movingly mounted by Irish Repertory Theatre.

Life X 3
By Eugene Paul on November 27, 2018

Handsomely mounted, directed, acted, insightfully clever, incitefully mean.

By Jeannie Lieberman on November 20, 2018

One of a kind immersive dinner/theater experience.

Eve's Song
By Ron Cohen on November 20, 2018

A domestic drama with poetic overtones throws a piercing spotlight on the violence, inequities and indignities faced by black women ? straight and gay ? in America today.

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui
By Ron Cohen on November 16, 2018

Let Raķl Esparza scare the hell out of you. You'll enjoy it and be instructed as well.

I'm Not a Comedian. . . I'm Lenny Bruce
By Deirdre Donovan on November 12, 2018

Ronnie Marmo writes and performs at the Cutting Room in Murray Hill.


By Deirdre Donovan on November 05, 2018

The sublime Stockard Channing returns to the New York boards in Alexi Kaye Campbell's new play that stirs up old memories and creates new ones.

Gloria - A Life

By Fern Siegel on November 05, 2018

Chronicles the life and times of feminist icon Gloria Steinem and the movement she championed.

Emma and Max

By David Schultz on November 05, 2018

Filmmaker Todd Solondz makes a mild splash with this morbid, moribund work.

Mother of the Maid

By Ron Cohen on October 30, 2018

Glenn Close takes us deep into the soul of the mother of Joan of Arc. It's a wrenching but uplifting journey.


By Edward Medina on October 30, 2018

A dynamic play that reminds us of Civil Rights lessons we have yet to learn.


By Fern Siegel on October 30, 2018

This powerful two-hander reveals the searing story of civil-rights activists and the desires that consume them.

The Winning Side

By Ron Cohen on October 18, 2018

A searing examination of the moral conundrum behind Wernher Von Braun and his role in America's space program.

Final Follies

By Ron Cohen on October 16, 2018

A collection of three one-act plays by the late A.R. Gurney travels a bumpy road from slight to satisfying.

Uncle Vanya: Scenes from Country Life in Four Acts

By Arney Rosenblat on October 16, 2018

The initial offering of the Hunter Theater Project, and a Richard Nelson imprint production, brings Chekhov to life for contemporary audiences.

Kurt Vonnegut's Mother Night

By Julia Polinsky on October 16, 2018

A sad and terrible commentary on how we betray ourselves, better on the page than on the stage.

What the Constitution Means to Me

By Ron Cohen on October 12, 2018

The U.S. Constitution ? warts and all -- gets it closeup in this smart, entertaining and all-too-pertinent piece of theater.

Popcorn Falls

by Julia Polinsky on October 10, 2018

A mile-a-minute silly experiment in loopy absurdity, with some laughs, some wincing, and the hardest working two-man cast ever.

Spin Off

by R. Pikser on October 01, 2018

An interesting idea about whether we can fight the limits that our reality seems to impose.

I was Most Alive With You

by David Schultz on September 28, 2018

Electrifying modern riff on The Book of Job proves a devastating evening of theater.

The True

by Ron Cohen on September 24, 2018

Eddie Falco illuminates Sharr White's sometimes awkward mix of the machinery of politics and the ways of the heart.

Heartbreak House

by Deirdre Donovan on September 24, 2018

The Gingold Theatrical Group gives new legs to George Bernard Shaw's classic with an original framing device.


by Barry Bassis on September 17, 2018

Informative with a highly talented cast, though the script needs more work

Private Peaceful

by Ron Cohen on September 11, 2018

A compelling depiction of the brutality of World War I as seen through the eyes of a young English soldier.

Days to Come

by Marc Miller on September 06, 2018

Lillian Hellman's flop labor drama, while no hidden masterpiece, gets an exemplary dusting off by the Mint.

Be More Chill

by Eugene Paul on August 17, 2018

Wanna see a Broadway show before it becomes a Broadway show? Right this way.

Tevye Served Raw, Garnished with Jews
    From the writings of Sholem Aleichem

        by Julia Polinsky on July 19, 2018

Terrific performances by wonderful actors, and funny, touching stories from Sholem Aleichem. Do yourself a favor. Don't miss it.

The Stone Witch
By Arney Rosenblat on April 25, 2018

Through a stunningly rendered production and compelling performances, The Stone Witch movingly explores the price of greatness.

By Edward Medina On March 23, 2018

Everything you wanted to know about porn addiction but were afraid to ask: a confused attempt to entertain ultimately proves flaccid.

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

I'm Not a Comedian. . . I'm Lenny Bruce
By Deirdre Donovan on November 12, 2018

Ronnie Marmo writes and performs at the Cutting Room in Murray Hill.

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.


Come From Away: A Broadway 2nd Anniversary Celebration
By Deirdre Donovan on March 08, 2019

A rare opportunity at the 92Y to get up-close and personal with the creators and performers of this award winning musical.

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.


We'll Have Manhattan: Rodgers & Hart in New York

By Julia Polinsky on February 04, 2019
The quality, simplicity, and charm of Lorenz Hart's lyrics can touch your heart.

New York Cabaret Convention:
You and the Night and the Music
The Night They Invented Champagne: The Lyrics of Alan Jay Lerner

By Barry Bassis on October 24, 2018
Stars of cabaret sing the Great American Songbook

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.


Lori Belilove
The Isadora Duncan Dance Company

By R. Pikser on April 12, 2019

A warm and inspiring exposure to one of the great dance revolutionaries of the 20th century.

Ballet Contemporáneo de Camagüey
By R. Pikser on March 18, 2019

Excellent technique and easy execution of demanding choreography mark this Cuban company which should be welcomed to the U.S.

Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company: Intersections
By R. Pikser on March 05, 2019

A retrospective that offered some imaginative moments and an opportunity for an experienced and a younger dancer to move us profoundly.

Gravity and Other Myths:
A Simple Space

By R. Pikser on February 14, 2019

A living example of the beauty that cooperative effort, on the part of creators and performers, can produce.

Asase Yaa
Drum Love

By R. Pikser on February 13, 2019

A living reminder of the vitality of music, dance, and the power of community.

By Julia Polinsky on January 29, 2019

Broken Box Mime Theater has crafted an evening of terrific stories out of nothing but their bodies, their mime-mask faces, and a couple of boxes.

By R. Pikser on December 11, 2018

A provocative idea with problems, but dancing that catches your throat.

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.


Benny & Joon
By David Schultz on April 18, 2019

This film to musical incarnation is infused with whimsy, heartfelt emotion and a graceful warmth. Going crazy never looked so good.

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

Opening Night in Babylonís new Argyle theater was a non-stop laugh-fest.

Menopause The Musical
by Edward Lieberman on March 18, 2019

BEWARE THE CHANGE! Thatís the message of the current production at the Westchester Broadway Theatre

Ainít Misbehaviní
The Fats Waller Musical Show

by Julia Polinsky on February 14, 2019

The songs are the thing, here, the band gets a real chance to shine.

The Foreigner
by Edward and Jeanne Lieberman on December 06, 2018

The Armonk Players' current production of The Foreigner features an outstanding cast in a madcap comedy that is arguably more timely today than when it was first written in 1984.

Holiday Inn
by David Schultz on November 29, 2018

The holidays are gloriously brought back to life with the invigorating revival at The Paper Mill Playhouse

PHANTOM at Westchester Broadway Theatre
by Edward Lieberman on October 18, 2018

A worthy counterpoint to Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera by Maury Yeston and Arthur Kopit illuminating the character's back stories and motivations.

Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies
by David Schultz on October 16, 2018

Extravagant production values give this wan sequel a lift as it ends its North American tour.

by Edward Lieberman on August 22, 2018

Goodspeed's "joyous" version of Dickens' "Oliver Twist," with a classic score and outstanding performances.

Anything Goes
by Edward Lieberman on July 26, 2018

Fascination with opulence and celebrity provides a welcome diversion from the news of today, as it did when it opened during the depths of the Depression!

Clever Little Lies
by Eugene Paul on July 03, 2018

Playwright Joe Di Pietro's frothy summer lite comedy has a kicker. Watch out.

by David Schultz on June 20, 2018

Hip-hop dancing seniors move to center court in this Broadway Bound tuner.

Will Rogers Follies: Goodspeed Opera House
by Edward Lieberman on June 15, 2018

Goodspeed theatergoers are fortunate to have the great Will portrayed by the equally great David M. Lutken, well worth the price of admission all by himself!

The Sting
by Jeannie Lieberman on April, 20, 2018

Brace yourself Broadway! A Big Brawny Musical may be heading your way led by Harry Connick, Jr. and a tireless troupe of terpsichorean tap dancers.

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Fire Island Sun Articles

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

Opening Night in Babylonís 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!

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

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'


by Jeannie on July 12, 2018


by Jeannie on July 12, 2018


by Jeannie on July 12, 2018


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


by Jeannie on June 29, 2018


by Jeannie on June 22, 2018


'She was truly a child of Fire Island'

by Jeannie on June 21, 2018


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.


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

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


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


Posted on February 08, 2018


Posted on February 08, 2018

Memorial for Kismet's "Mayor" Brian Crawford

Memorial for Fred "Dutch" Rosenberg

Press Release

Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society



May 2019    
Saturday 5 Trees, Bees and Butterflies
Celebrate Arbor Day in the Art Studio (Follow the boardwalk to the east  of the Lighthouse) Learn how our actions impact the butterflies and bees.  Learn about Milkweed, create a butterfly and get seeds to take home and plant. Crafts: some free/some at a minimal cost.  11am to 3pm
Friday & Saturday 25-26 Plein Air Art Show
Artists from Wet Paints Studio Group will be painting on site in the Lighthouse area.  All art work will be on display until June 11th and for sale with 30% of the proceeds being donated to the Preservation Society by the Artist.
June 2019    
Saturday 2 Horseshoe Crab Program
7 pm – Learn about Horseshoe Crabs and watch them come ashore to lay their eggs while reveling in the beauty of the evening on a June beach. Suggested donation $2 per person.
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 2018 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.
Friday 22 17th Annual Benefit Art Show-through July 15
Local artists display their nautical artwork in the Keepers Quarters at the Lighthouse.  Opening reception will be held on June 21- 6pm8 pm (take a shuttle bus from Field #5 RMSP).  All artwork is for sale with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the Lighthouse by the artist.  Admission free.
Saturday 30 Evening Tower Tour
8 pm- Experience the sunset from a new perspective.  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 8:28 pm.

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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