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“Politics, Show Biz for Ordinary People”




Scene one, day one

The Inauguration


Scene two, day two



The Response

The largest inauguration protest in American, and world, history

In the words of Bob Dylan

“Something is happening here…”



New Trump-era Definitions

Fact:  a piece of information presented as having objective reality.

Lie: statement that the stating party believes to be false and that is made with the intention to deceive.

Delusion: an idiosyncratic belief or impression that is firmly maintained despite being contradicted by reality or rational argument, typically a symptom of mental disorder:

Alternative facts “When truth is so unfavorable to a pathological liar, that they must invent a whole new category of lies to describe their nakedly intentional acts of deception.”


On a lighter note:

The Spring season is off to a leisurely start with openings of

The Present,

And Jitney this month

Coming up in February:

See Editor’s notes for complete listing

and peruse the ever innovative Off Broadway season

  Recent articles:

The Little Foxes
The American Classical Orchestra: The Ninth Symphony
The Profane
The Play that Goes Wrong
Emperor Jones
Present Laughter
Picnic and Come Back, Little Sheba
City Center Encores! The New Yorkers
Church & State
How to Transcend a Happy Marriage
Chess Match No. 5
The Price
The Glass Menagerie
Come From Away
Wakey, Wakey
The Light Years
Significant Other
Marty's Shadow
The New York Pops: “Life is a Cabaret: The Songs of Kander and Ebb”
The Gravedigger’s Lullaby
The Penitent
Man From Nebraska
Let's Misbehave
Evening at the Talk House
If I Forget
Sunday in the Park with George
The Bikinis
Sunset Boulevard
The Object Lesson
Jonah and Otto
KISMET UPDATE: Winter Wonderland
Mother of Invention
Yours Unfaithfully
The Beauty Queen of Leenane
The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart
Savion Glover at the Blue Note
The Present
Gorey The Secret Lives of Edward Gorey
Editor’s notes: The Spring Season ’17
The Mikado
The Band’s Visit
Conversations with Coward
Dear Evan Hansen
A Bronx Tale
Sweet Charity
Finian's Rainbow
In Transit
Tracy Letts at 92nd Street Y
Christmas Inn
Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes 2016
The Babylon Line
Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812
Women of a Certain Age
A Taste of Things to Come
Dead Poets Society
Tick, Tick…Boom!
Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Two Class Acts
51st Miss Fire Island at the Ice Palace
Anabella Lenzu
The Front Page
Antigone: Lonely Planet
Zora Neal Hurston
A Life
The Cherry Orchard
New York Cabaret Convention: A Salute to Sheldon Harnick and Charles Strouse
Funny Face at The Lion Theatre
The New York Pops: The Musical World of Lerner and Loewe
KISMET KCA ELECTION ‘16: Washington Take Note
Holiday Inn
Oh Hello on Broadway
The Folk Singer
The Encounter
Public Enemy
Hedda (Gabler)
Feds will shoot deer at 2 Maryland Civil War battlefields
On Fire Island, a Scar From Hurricane Sandy Is Seen as a Good Thing
The Trial of an American President
Cirque de Soleil Kurios
Hedda (Gabler)
Dances Patrelle – Macbeth
Nat Turner in Jerusalem
A Taste of Honey
Kim Maresca: It’s My Party and I’ll Belt if I Want to at Feinstein’s/54 Below
Edward Albee…an interview

see you at the theater!!!

Jeanne Lieberman, Publisher


Editor’s notes: The Spring Season ’17
By Jeanne Lieberman on Jan. 09, 2017

…full of divas and diversity, mostly borrowed, seldom new

Editor’s notes: The New Season Fall ‘16
By Jeanne Lieberman on Sept. 22, 2016

After a shaky start the calendar is split between revivals and new shows, plays and musicals,with the BIG shows coming in the Sprng

Editor’s notes: Who will be next year’s HAMILTON?
The race is already on for new musicals (and revivals)

By Jeanne Lieberman on June. 17

Here’s a look at some of next season’s contenders.

Editor’s Notes: June 16: The drama on our national stage would leave most playwrights in the dust!
By Jeanne Lieberman on June. 09

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

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.

Sunset Boulevard
by Eugene Paul On Feb.20

If you love theater, you owe it to yourself to see Glenn Close’s performance.

by Eugene Paul On June.7

A lavishly eye popping musical with a great big cliché story wedded to the thrilling, brilliant circus acts that make Cirque du Soleil adored.

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

A Bronx Tale
By Eugene Paul On Dec. 22, 2016

A big, fat, expert musical sure to please, especially if you hearken back to the ‘60s

In Transit
By Julia Polinsky On Dec. 19, 2016

Splendid acapella vocals weave a counterpoint of ambition and disappointment, love, connection and hope in the New York City subway.

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.

Holiday Inn, The New Broadway Musical
by Michall Jeffers On Oct. 17, 2016

It’s never too early to celebrate

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.

Fiddler On The Roof
by Eugene Paul On Jan.24

One of the greatest musicals in theatre history and one of the most appealing. Bring tissues.

by Michall Jeffers On Jan.13

Handily combines history and hip hop

Color Purple
by Michall Jeffers On Dec.22

"If God ever listened to a poor colored woman, the world would be a different place" states Cynthia Erivo, the show's breakout star.

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.

Something Rotten
by Julia Polinsky on May. 5

Delivers the Three S’s of a great musical – Stars, Story, and Songs -- and adds in Silliness, its own special sauce, in spades. How art thou glorious? Let me count the ways.

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

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.

The Glass Menagerie
By Deirdre Donovan on Mar. 23, 2017
The most unsentimental, stripped-down, and provocative interpretation of the classic ever.

Significant Other
By Ron Cohen on Mar. 20, 2017
An engaging look at straight and gay millennials working through the thorns and thickets of love versus friendship.

By Ron Cohen on Jan. 24, 2017
The last of August Wilson’s 10-play Pittsburgh Cycle makes it to Broadway, again validating the playwright’s genius.

The Present
By Ron Cohen on Jan. 17, 2017
Youthful Chekhov gets a smart updating and a wondrous Cate Blanchett as well for the makings of a theatrical feast.

Les Liaisons Dangereuses
By Julia Polinsky on Nov. 07, 2016
A beautiful, devastating game of oppositions. Light/dark, past/present, innocence/experience in this perfectly postmodern production…a rare treat.

The Front Page
By Eugene Paul on Nov. 03, 2016
Refreshed, reborn, hilarious, a captivating revival of one of the treasures of the American theater.

The Cherry Orchard
By Deirdre Donovan on Oct. 26, 2016
Chekhov’s masterpiece, starring Diane Lane, gets a lukewarm production at the American Airlines Theatre.

By EUGENE PAUL on Oct. 25, 2016
“Are ya havin’ any fun? Whatcha gettin’ outta livin’?” Sometime those old tunes are sooo wise.

Oh, Hello on Broadway
By Ron Cohen on Oct. 17, 2016
The kind of show for which the term “laugh riot” was invented.

The Encounter
By Ron Cohen on Oct. 14, 2016
Simon McBurney recreates an eventful adventure in the Amazon with high-tech sound and vivid acting and fills it with lots of philosophical meaning

The Humans
by Deirdre Donovan on Mar. 28

Stephen Karam’s new play turns a family’s traditional Thanksgiving dinner into a time of reckoning and self-definition.

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

City Center Encores! The New Yorkers
By Deirdre Donovan On Apr. 04, 2017

In Cole Porter’s collision of the underworld and café society, the action is saturatedwith gin, punctuated with bullets, and peppered with romance.

The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart
By Ron Cohen On Jan. 24, 2017

Is Hell really next door to a Costco parking lot?

The Mikado
By Deirdre Donovan On Jan. 03, 2017

How does one stage The Mikado without sparking racial controversy today? The company has pulled off a Herculean feat by retooling and turning it into a work that embraces all ethnic groups.

The Band’s Visit
By Deirdre Donovan On Dec. 29, 2016

What happens in this desert place during one solitary night, under the moonlight, is far from ordinary and tinged with the miraculous.

Sweet Charity
By Marc Miller On Dec. 20, 2016

This vest-pocket version assures the joys of a classic Sixties musical survive.

Finian's Rainbow
By Eugene Paul On Dec. 19, 2016

A charming pastiche of whimsical nonsense lightly covering a much darker America, full of glorious song.

Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes 2016
By Rachel Goddard on Dec. 16,2016

With live animals, fireworks and awe-inspiring sets, plus the thirty-eight dazzling dancers nothing is quite as magical.

A Taste of Things to Come
By Julia Polinsky On Nov. 27, 2016

In this delightful new musical, Mid-Century Modern morphs into Girl Power, with song and dance – and cooking.

Tick, Tick…Boom!
By Eugene Paul On Nov. 14, 2016

As much enjoyment as you will find in a great big splashy musical is all right here in this great big splashy little musical.

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

The Profane
By Eugene Paul on Apr. 20, 2017

Two Muslim families, one secular, the other devout, have to face each other when their children fall in love. A big, topical, controversy filled, heaving, seething knot of subjects.

Emperor Jones
By Julia Polinsky on Apr. 18, 2017

Can be tough to watch, but a knockout performance and superb staging make this journey into the heart of darkness into riveting theater.

Picnic and Come Back, Little Sheba
By Ron Cohen on Apr. 17, 2017

William Inge gets his due in this side-by-side helping of two of his major plays.

Church & State
By Marc Miller on Apr. 03, 2017

Jason Odell Williams's "serious comedy" is reasonably serious, reasonably comedic, and vigorously staged, but it might have ventured a little deeper.

How to Transcend a Happy Marriage
By Marc Miller on Apr. 03, 2017

Ruhl, as she frequently does, pours too much into the mix.

Chess Match No 5
By Eugene Paul on Mar. 28, 2017

Intrigues, exquisitely unfolded by superb performers.

By David Schultz on Mar. 21, 2017

Existential ruminations run rampant in playwright Will Eno’s latest thought provoking play.

The Light Years
By Eugene Paul on Mar. 20, 2017

Captivating. Go with the flow as it carries you along, start to finish.

Marty's Shadow
By Julia Polinsky on Mar. 16, 2017

A great performance brightens Swedish family psychodrama.

The Gravedigger’s Lullaby
By Ron Cohen on Mar. 13, 2017

A laborer’s struggle to provide for his family…pertinent and poetic.

By Eugene Paul on Mar. 07, 2017

Everything old is ghoulishly new again, Everyman is now Everybody and the sting remains.

By Eugene Paul on Mar. 06, 2017

British star Janie Dee is Linda, stunning, successful, now 55. She wants it to mean something.

The Penitent
By Ron Cohen on Mar. 04, 2017

David Mamet asks you to put on your thinking cap rather than pull out your hankie in this tale of a troubled psychiatrist who won’t testify on behalf of his murderous patient.

If I Forget
By Ron Cohen on Feb. 27, 2017

Health crises, finances and conflicting ideologies on Israel consume an American Jewish family …and there are laughs, too.

Man From Nebraska
By Deirdre Donovan on Mar. 02, 2017

Tracy Letts offers theatergoers a glimpse into the soul of a middle-aged Midwestern man who has lost his faith.

Evening at the Talk House
By Ron Cohen on Feb. 27, 2017

When happenings in the outside world invade the conversation, a gathering of theater folk becomes unsettling

Jonah and Otto
By Eugene Paul on Feb. 16, 2017

Things get entertainingly strange when an upper class cleric encounters a lower class hustler. And a baby. And magic tricks.

The Object Lesson
By Ron Cohen on Feb. 16, 2017

Piles of props and a nimble raconteur make for a telling journey through the debris of living.

Yours Unfaithfully
By David Schultz on Feb. 2, 2017

The world premiere of Miles Malleson’s 1933 play is both modern and musty, but a worthwhile addition nonetheless.

The Beauty Queen of Leenane
By Deirdre Donovan on Jan. 25, 2017

Remains a powerful cautionary tale, drawing attention to the poison that can take root in a family.

Gorey The Secret Lives of Edward Gorey
By David Schultz on Jan. 10, 2017

Whimsical bio-play fuses fact and fiction about the author/ illustrator.

By Ron Cohen on Dec. 15, 2016

Daniel Craig, David Oyelowo and Sam Gold make a potent trio in reshaping Shakespeare’s masterwork.

The Babylon Line
By Ron Cohen on Dec. 09, 2016

A lot of stories are told in this Richard Greenberg play about storytelling, some of them arresting, some of them peculiar, but the overall narrative is puzzling.

Women of a Certain Age
By Deirdre Donovan on Dec. 03, 2016

Richard Nelson returns to the Public Theater with the final installment of his three-play cycle about the Gabriel family.

Dead Poets Society
By Rachel Goddard on Nov. 23, 2016

The Dead Poets are brought back to life on the stage with Jason Sudeikis stepping into the shoes of one Robin William’s most memorable film performances.

By Eugene Paul on Nov. 14, 2016

David Hare’s enigmatic play returns starring lovely Rachel Weisz in an overproduced, undernourished production.

By Eugene Paul on Nov. 11, 2016

A hard headed, light hearted love story and war story, told through Vietnamese eyes and universal heart.

Two Class Acts
By Ron Cohen on Nov. 07, 2016

Two one-acts by a celebrated playwright, pitting students against teachers, fail to make the grade.

Antigone: Lonely Planet
By Deirdre Donovan on Nov. 3, 2016

In Lena Kitsopoulou’s new play, guest skiers on a mock reality TV show dissect Sophocles’ Antigone myth and more.

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.

Off-Broadway - Solo Performance

The Mother of Invention
By Ron Cohen on Feb. 10, 2017

This dark comedy could use less invention and more cohesion.


By Deirdre Donovan on Jan. 09, 2017
Actor-playwright Jack Fry brings back the ghost of a famous theoretical physicist  filled with humor, wit, and humanity.

Conversations with Coward

By Eugene Paul on Dec. 29, 2016
Noel Coward’s wit overshadows his wisdom, but not in Simon Green’s polished, knowing performance.


By Eugene Paul on Sept. 29, 2016
If you love Bernstein, if you don’t, this richly emotional, deeply moving solo drama is unmissable for you.

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 .


Tracy Letts at 92nd Street Y

By Deirdre Donovan on Dec. 19,2016

The actor, playwright, screen-writer stated : “I’m a storyteller.  Writing a play and having a play performed is what I cherish.  These are the things I care about.”

Cirque de Soleil, Kurios

By Nicholas Linnehan on Oct. 06,2016

Captivating. Imaginative. This show soars to new heights with creativity beyond compare!

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.


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.

Let’s Misbehave

By Deirdre Donovan on Mar. 01, 2017
Cole Porter was resurrected at the 92 Street Y with some “de-lovely” tunes from The American Songbook.

Savion Glover at the Blue Note
By Deirdre Donovan on Jan. 17, 2017
The legendary hoofer elicited "wows" from audience members as he articulated his rough urban footwork on stage.

New York Cabaret Convention:
A Salute to Sheldon Harnick and Charles Strouse

By Marc Miller on Oct. 25, 2016
To quote a predecessor of Harnick's, “Who could ask for anything more?”

The New York Pops:
The Musical World of Lerner and Loewe

By Julia Polinsky on Oct. 21, 2016
How wonderful to hear the sound of a big orchestra playing these familiar songs, and a full-throated chorus, and terrific soloists.

Kim Maresca: It’s My Party and I’ll Belt if I Want to
at Feinstein’s/54 Below

By Ron Cohen on Sept. 23
A cabaret performance replete with abundant Broadway diva-like talent and winning un-diva-like charm.

Vivian Reed Sings “Standards & More” at the Metropolitan Room

By Marc Miller on July. 29
The cabaret veteran’s standards show reveals a lot of sass and an amazing voice, but not a lot of variance in mood.

Broadway By The Year: The 1950s
By Julia Polinsky on Apr. 4
A short, welcome course in Broadway tidbits enhances a splendid evening of Broadway music.

Soul to Soul
National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene

By R. Pikser on Jan. 23
An uplifting concert in celebration of the Jewish community’s connection to the Black liberation struggle.

A Funny Thing Happened: Songs from the Road to Broadway
By Deirdre Donovan on Jan. 19
Kathleen Marshall hosts the 92 Street Y’s Lyrics and Lyricists series and gives the juice on some of Broadway’s classic songs.

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.


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.

Angela Lansbury

ANGELA LANSBURY To Make Long-Anticipated Star Turn in

A One-Night-Only Benefit

for The Acting Company

Monday, June 19th at 7 PM

The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College

68th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues

The performance will be followed by dinner with the cast at the historic Union Club, 101 East 69th Street. This portion of the evening is only available at certain ticket levels

Donor-level tickets are on sale now exclusively through The Acting Company by calling 212-258-3111. Donor tickets with priority seating without dinner are $500. Tickets with dinner start at $1,000.

The Kaye Playhouse box office will open April 19 for general ticket sales. Show-only tickets may be purchased exclusively through The Kaye online at or by phone, 212-772-4448. General tickets are priced from $95 to $350.


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

A delightful diversion from today’s news.

Million Dollar Quartet
by Ed Lieberman on Aug. 12

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

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

Fire Island Sun Articles

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


By Marija Beqaj on Jan. 31,2017

Provides the perception that it is now acceptable to kill animals with lethal weapons including crossbows.


Photos by Bradlee on Nov. 07,2016

51st Miss Fire Island at the Ice Palace

By Jeannie on Nov. 07,2016
it was so hot each and every contestant deserves an award – just for being there.

Always a treat despite competing events

Photo's By Jeannie on Oct. 28,2016


By Jeannie on Oct. 28,2016
Photos by Joanne’s niece, Alexandra Russell

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.

Feds will shoot deer at 2 Maryland Civil War battlefields

By DAVID DISHNEAU - Associated Press on Oct. 04,2016

Our worst fears are coming true
can Fire Island be far behind?

Now that summer is nearly over, some people are wondering if the National Park Service’s plans for Fire Island deer will be implemented this fall.
by Jeannie on Sept. 19, 2016

Taste of Kismet

by Jeannie, Joanne, Bradlee on Sept. 15, 2016

In Memory of Joel Berkowitz December 19, 1944 - September 8, 2012 re-printed to honor his memorial 2016

By Jeannie on Aug. 31

2016 Kismet Guac Off!
Photos by Beverly Koster
Among all this Guac and chips there were margaritas sweet, salty, sour, smoky and STRONG

By Jeannie on Aug. 31

Kismet: A Community Out of Nothing - a belated tribute.

By Cheryl Dunbar Kahlke on Aug. 31

They Came, They were Seen, They conquered! as the bawdiest of the Grove revisited Kismet for the third time.

By Jeannie on Aug. 26

The Arthur Lem Memorial Snapper Tournament

By Bradlee White on Aug. 25
in memory of one of Kismet's most famous early founder/set

11th Annual Kismet Duck Races

By Bradlee White on Aug. 18


By Jeannie on Aug. 11

Return of a Kismet tradition: Pancake Breakfast at Firehouse

By Jeannie on Aug. 4


By Jeannie on Aug. 4
Nothing will stop us!!!

Fire Island Dance Festival
Shatters Fundraising Record with $560,133

Photos By Whitney Brown & Daniel Roberts on July. 20
Presented by and benefiting Dancers Responding to AIDS,
a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

Too Many Deer on the Road? Let Cougars Return, Study Says
By JAMES GORMAN on July. 20
“The idea of being killed in a car crash with a deer just doesn’t scare people the way the idea of a cougar leaping on your back in the woods does”

Seabay Annual Potluck July 4th on the beach
Good friends and neighbors, Great food!

photos by Gregg & Bradlee on July. 7

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.

by Jeannie on June. 24

Kismetics enriched their minds (books), wardrobes, kitchens and interior decoration. Knowing it was for a good cause made the event even happier.

by Jeannie on June. 3

Arts Project MC Panzi with new Homecoming Queen 2016 - Logan Hardcore

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

Fire Island Dance Festival
Returns to Fire Island Pines
on July 14-16, 2017

Produced by and Benefiting
Dancers Responding to AIDS,
a Program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

Press Release

Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society





Saturday  29         Celebrate Arbor Day

                             In the Art Studio (Follow the boardwalk to the east of the Lighthouse) Learn about Milkweed, create a butterfly and get seeds to take home and plant.



Saturday  13         Early Morning Tower Tour

5:15 am - Come enjoy the scenery from the top of the tower as the sunrises. Tour includes a “Light” breakfast.  Bring a flashlight for your walk to the lighthouse. Come early to enjoy the pre-dawn colors as you walk from Field 5 at Robert Moses State Park. The Lighthouse will remain open until 10am. $20 for FILPS members/ $25 for non-members.  Reservations required.  Sunrise 5:40 am.


Friday &    26-27   Plein Air Art Show

Saturday               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.


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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