theater reviews


New York has put its stamp on the most
theatrical presidential race in recent history
by delivering a huge victory to its native son and adopted daughter,
jump starting their race to the finish
“if you can make it here you can make it anywhere”

The 2016 Race for the Whitehouse

BEST SHOW: Politics trump theater in dizzying twists.
You know the plot, and the cast, but not the outcome
Audience: Global!
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(you can’t make this stuff up)
BEST ENSEMBLE: The Greek Chorus of MSNBC, CNN, FOX News
commentators´ political palaver, endlessly analyzing, non-stop 24/7
BEST LINE: Chris Mathews´ remark to a fellow talking head “Iowa is flat,
New Hampshire is hilly. Do you think that influenced the voters?”
LIMITED RUN: Election Day, Tuesday Nov 8th
(Possible sequel depending on who wins)

Once again the arts have proved to be first responders to social injustice
(see Editor’s notes below)

See you at the polls, er, theater

Recent articles:

Editor’s Notes: April 16: Social Injustice
The School for Scandal
Dearly Beloved - A Concert Tribute to Purple Rain
A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing
Nathan The Wise
The Family
Richard II
Antlia Pneumatica
The Crucible
1776 at New York City Center Encores!
Dry Powder
Broadway By The Year: The 1950s
Red Speedo
The Effect
She Loves Me
Buried Child
The Humans
Widowers Houses
The Czechoslovak American Marionette
Shear Madness

see you at the theater!!!

Jeanne Lieberman, Publisher


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

Hamilton heralded a spectacular Fall Season;
Can the new season match it?
Click here for a complete listing of the new shows

By Jeanne Lieberman on Feb. 1

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

By Jeanne Lieberman on Nov. 23

Editor’s notes: Broadway’s Fall forecast ‘15
Few musicals, many revivals in the most diverse season in 10 years
- plus list of Broadway openings by date and location

By Jeanne Lieberman on Oct. 23

Broadway - Musicals

Ruthless, The Musical
by Edward Rubin On May.2

Lying, deceit, hidden identities, along with murder, mystery, and mayhem, all served up with song, dance, and a great many laughs.

She Loves Me
by Eugene Paul On Mar.31

There’s no getting around it. You are going to enjoy the show. Everyone’s determined. So what are you waiting for?

by Michall Jeffers On Mar.20

This spoof is a triumph for the players and a “laff riot” for the audience.

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.

The King and I
by Michall Jeffers on May. 5

Director Bartlett Sher has once again brought to life a classic of the musical theater. “Shall We Dance”? Absolutely!

Fun Home
by David Schultz on May. 5

Alison Bechdel’s graphic, haunting musical memoir is one of the finest this season. Don’t miss it.

An American in Paris
by Eugene Paul on Apr. 21

You’ve been waiting and waiting for this simply wonderful show. See it for the first time as soon as you can. You’ll be back.

Finding Neverland
by Russell Bouthiller on Apr. 20

Though the plot holds no surprises, it works magically and proves a pirate’s treasure for the whole family.

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.

A Gentleman’s Guide To Love & Murder
By Michall Jeffers on May. 8
Lunacy abounds in a gleeful Gilbert-and-Sullivan-meets-music-hall delight featuring the incomparable Jefferson Mays.

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 Father
by Michall Jeffers on Apr. 20

A rare look at a terrifying disease from the inside out, through the eyes of a master.

The Crucible
by Rachel Goddard on Apr. 7

Arthur Miller’s 1953 historical drama comes back to Broadway in this spine-chilling re-telling directed by the genius Ivo van Hove.

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 Ron Cohen on Mar. 15

You can almost smell the blood lust, as well as the sexual one, as two celebrated combatants, Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams, duke it out.

by Ron Cohen on Mar. 16

This superb drama of Liberian women in wartime is harrowing, sometimes funny, and most of all, breathtakingly human.

by Eugene Paul on Mar. 7

Beautifully produced, exquisitely acted, handsomely directed, Hughie, is nevertheless minor Eugene O’Neill.

Our Mothers Brief Affair
by David Schultz on Feb. 2

Expertly acted memory play grapples with an aging parent with a dark secret, revealed in hushed tones.

Noises Off
by Michall Jeffers on Jan. 24

Andrea Martin leads a rollicking troupe in a laugh filled romp.

Therese Raquin
by Deirdre Donovan on Dec. 31

Keira Knightley makes a steamy Broadway debut in Helen Edmundson’s new adaptation of Emile Zola’s 1867 novel

A View From The Bridge
by Eugene Paul on Dec. 15

Director Van Hove has distilled the ingredients of Arthur Miller’s play to an emotional simplicity which is so complex, we are never at ease.

by Joel Benjamin on Jan. 20

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

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time
By Eugene Paul on Oct. 21

Be prepared for jolt after jolt in one of the most inventive, immersive, exciting evenings you will spend in the theatre.

Off-Broadway - Musicals

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.

Angel Reapers
by Eugene Paul On Mar.1

Ravishing, rapturous retelling of the fated Shaker Community through their music, their worshipful dancing, with more to come.

Cabin In The Sky
Encores! At City Center

by Julia Polinsky On Feb.17

Done with love and care and treated like art, this old-school historical artifact warms the heart.

Snow White
by Edward Rubin On Feb.10

An adult version of the Grimm fairy tale as you have never seen it before.

Maurice Hines: Tappin’ Thru Life
by Julia Polinsky On Jan.21

Saucy, suave, sentimental and stylish, a totally irresistible tap through memory lane.

by David Shultz on Dec. 22

Inscrutable, incomprehensible sci-fi yarn based on David Bowie film arrives DOA.

Invisible Thread
by Julia Polinsky on Dec. 15

Engaging, tuneful, exuberant, and happy.

Trip of Love
by Michall Jeffers on Nov. 4

Meant for sheer entertainment, it’s also reflects on the tempestuous time period. As the saying goes, if you remember the ‘60s, you weren’t really there.

Daddy Long Legs
by Michall Jeffers on Oct. 7

A beautiful duet for two talented performers

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 School For Scandal
by Deirdre Donovan on Apr. 29

A wickedly delicious revival of Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s classic comedy is staged by the Red Bull Theater Company.

by Rachel Goddard on Apr. 29

Joining 59E59 Theater’s, “Brits Off-Broadway” Richard Bean’s Toast engrosses audiences following the night shift of seven men working in a bread factory.

A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing
by Eugene Paul on Apr. 26

Extraordinary actress Aoife Duffin brings harrowing insight to the inner life of a much abused Irish girl.

Nathan the Wise
by Deirdre Donovan on Apr. 20

F. Murray Abraham shines in Gotthold Ephraim Lessing’s timely 1787 dramatic poem involving Muslims, Christians, and Jews and religious toleration.

Richard II
by Judd Hollander on Apr. 11

Shakespeare´s Great Cycle of Kings off to a rousing and very impressive start.

Antlia Pneumatica
by Michall Jeffers on Apr. 7

Is there a ghost of a chance that these friends can come to terms with the mysteries in their lives?

Dry Powder
by Ron Cohen on Apr. 6

Bickering colleagues played by a starry cast make for an engrossing look at the world of high finance.

by Eugene Paul on Apr. 6

Hannah’s team has to come up with ideas on how to dispose of 2.000.000 bodies. Is this a test? Or is it real?

Red Speedo
by Rachel Goddard on Apr. 4

Olympic-bound swimmer wrestles with questions of competitive ethics at the risk of his most important relationships.

The Effect
by Deirdre Donovan on Mar. 31

Lucy Prebble’s provocative new play is a brain-teaser with a heart.

The Royale
by Ron Cohen on Mar. 28

A taut, sometimes harrowing depiction of racism in America circa 1900, directed with élan and acted with incandescent fury.

Buried Child
by Michall Jeffers on Mar. 27

A not so normal family shares mysteries, nightmares, and one big secret.

Widowers´ Houses
by Deirdre Donovan on Mar. 28

Slum landlords are under investigation in Shaw’s maiden play, a comedy about sex, greed, and real estate.

Shear Madness
by Judd Hollander on Mar. 23

Where sharp quips and scissors fly

Southern Comfort
by Eugene Paul on Mar. 16

In so many ways, one of the best shows you’ll ever see.

The Goodbye Room
by Eugene Paul on Mar. 10

The new Happy Few Theatre Company – rich in acting talent, promising in writing talent, and still searching for an artistic direction.

Verona Walls
by Julia Polinsky on Mar. 7

A back story for Romeo and Juliet turns out to be charming, largely due to excellent direction of an engaging and talented cast.

by Michall Jeffers on Mar. 7

Tradition is at odds with assimilation in a Zimbabwean-American family.

Women Without Men
by Marc Miller on Feb. 24

The Mint Theater's resurrection of Hazel Ellis's girls'-school drama is a faultless production of a not-so-faultless play.

The Woodsman
by Julia Polinsky on Feb. 10

How a woodchopper turned into tin, an unflinching staging of terror and pain comes as a bit of a shock. In a good way.

Chatting With the Tea Party
by Marc Miller on Jan. 31

Rich Orloff’s docu-drama of his journey to the other political side employs minimal theatricality, but does offer compelling insights.

I and You
by Julia Polinsky on Jan. 28

Starts with a shriek and a threat, and ends with hope, love, and a huge, heartbreaking surprise.

Mother Courage and Her Children
by Deirdre Donovan on Jan. 24

Kecia Lewis resurrects Brecht’s iconic character with gutsiness and daring at the Classic Stage Company.

The Changeling
by Deirdre Donovan on Jan. 21

Thomas Middleton and William Rowley’s wild and wooly tragedy is helmed by Red Bull’s artistic director Jesse Berger.

Neil LaBute New Theater Festival at 59E59 Theaters
by Julia Polinsky on Jan. 21

Six one-act plays that focus on Love and Death.

Marjorie Prime
by Michall Jeffers on Dec. 18

A series of ephemeral memories that both illuminate and, at times, confound in this work of great delicacy.

by Julia Polinsky on Dec. 17

Nothing insignificant about of the role of women in the history of astronomy.

by David Schultz on Dec. 4

Jazzy Show Biz riff on middle aged gay New Yorkers settling down, and raising children.

Incident at Vichy
by Eugene Paul on Nov. 30

A decent, respectful mounting of a Miller play that holds undiscovered fire and brimstone in its thinking, in its bones.

Dear Elizabeth
by Julia Polinsky on Nov. 30

Two poets pour out their hearts and inner lives in letters to each other. Their correspondence tells a poignant tale of intimacy at a distance.

Dada Woof Papa Hot
by David Schultz on Nov. 30

Middle-aged gay white parents get their comeuppance in this new dramedy. A singular take on the travails of Dada Hood writ large.

Alison’s House
by Marc Miller on Nov. 20

Susan Glaspell’s Pulitzer-winning drama, rife with family intrigue, gets a solid rendering at the Metropolitan Playhouse.

by Eugene Paul on Nov. 12

Two old ladies in a retired living facility make a bet that they can drive the other one from their shared quarters. And they try.

The Humans
by David Schultz on Nov. 4

Playwright Stephen Karam hits a home run with this perfectly cast chamber piece.

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

Pappy on da Underground Railroad

By R. Pikser on Feb. 23
This earnest performance should be touring public schools and libraries to remind us all of our true history.

Broadway and the Bard

By Julia Polinsky on Feb. 18
Cariou has polished each word, every note, until it telegraphs meaning as the show matches song to Shakespeare.


By Deirdre Donovan on Jan. 18
Susanne Sulby’s meditation on the horrors of war across the centuries brings the audience on a soul-searching journey.

Phalaris' Bull : Solving the Riddle of the Great Big World

By Julia Polinsky on Dec. 22
This one-man show is basically a philosophy lecture on steroids, enhancing or annoying, 80 minutes of dazzling tour de talk


By Deirdre Donovan on Dec. 7
Kathleen Chalfant resurrects the famous Kennedy matriarch in this one-woman bio-drama.

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.


By R. Pikser on Nov. 30
Combines the best of two worlds: education and the transformative power of theatre. What an honor to have seen this piece and to have seen this level of work.

Colin Quinn The New York Story

By Michall Jeffers on Nov. 23
Unencumbered by political correctness. effortless charm, that ability to make us laugh in spite of ourselves, is Quinn’s super power.

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 .


By Eugene Paul on Nov. 17
Actor/playwright Tom Dugan gives a remarkable performance as remarkable Simon Wiesenthal, unexpectedly warm, uplifting, insightful.


Dearly Beloved - A Concert Tribute to Purple Rain,
in honor of the late pop star Prince.
to benefit Arts for All.

on Apr. 27

The Czechoslovak American Marionette Theatre
Dvorák in America

By R. Pikser on Mar. 28

The well crafted Czech marionettes and the music of Dvorák is not mirrored by the production supposedly featuring them.

By R. Pikser on Mar. 16

Imminent catastrophe threatens our lives every day. May we deal with it with half the grace and excellent execution shown by these performers.

An Evening On Parade
By Rachel Goddard on Mar. 11

A night of story and song proved that theatre can bring a historical story, about the 1915 trial of Leo Frank, the only man of Jewish faith to be lynched unjustly for murder, back to life in the most emotionally gripping way.

92Y Talks: Gloria and Emilio Estefan in Conversation with Rita Moreno
By Dierdre Donovan on Nov. 9

They recounted anecdotes from their personal and public lives besides the opening of the bio-musical On Your Feet

Chita Rivera Receives Distinguished Performance Award
from Drama League at Star Studded Ceremony

By Jeanne Lieberman
photos by John Barrett, Jeanne Lieberman and MLO on May. 14

The most elegant of the many Awards celebrations.

Words on Dance: Ballet to Broadway
By R. Pikser on May. 14

Christopher Wheeldon’s generous and intelligent soul was gently brought into view by a no less generous Rita Moreno.

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.



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.

Jason Graae: Opera New York at the Metropolitan Room
By Marc Miller on Mar. 11
An odd melding of high and low blends just fine, with antics amid a surfeit of Puccini and Bizet.

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.

NY Pops – It’s Christmas Time in the City
By Stewart Schulman on Jan. 3
“A concert engendering feelings of love, good cheer, and awe.”

Handel’s Messiah: The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys with Concert Royal
By Deirdre Donovan on Dec. 15
An exquisite presentation of the master’s most celebrated composition.

I’ve Got a Little Twist
By Deirdre Donovan on Dec. 10
The New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players make their debut at Feinstein’s / 54 Below and gave their hallmark patter songs a sparkling neon glow.

Saint Thomas Choir Of Men And Boys and orchestra present Mozart’s Requiem and Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis (Nelson Mass)
By Deirdre Donovan on Nov. 23
A great pairing of works for a soul-stirring concert with at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue.

Cirque De La Symphonie: with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
By Deirdre Donovan on Oct. 29
The best cirque artists of the world team up with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra for a magical evening in Newark.

The Pirates of Penzance (or The Slave of Duty)
By Deirdre Donovan on Oct. 27
MasterVoices (formerly the Collegiate Chorale) lighted down for two evenings in mid-October, and wowed the audience with this charming work.

The Cy Walter Centennial Celebration And CD Release Party at The Cutting Room
By Linda Amiel Burns on Oct. 5
photos by Maryann Lopinto

“His creative style was unique, largely defied stereotyped definition, and set it’s own standard.”

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.


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

By R. Pikser on Nov. 30

The TuTu Trilogy
By R. Pikser on Nov. 19

Some witty words, some in-jokes, and a few interesting, comments on dancers and dance.

Donald Byrd/Spectrum Dance Theater
The Minstrel Show Revisited

By R. Pikser on Nov. 11

Using the stereotypes of the 19th century minstrel show and updating them offers us a chance to reflect upon ourselves.

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.


Man Of La Mancha
by Eugene Paul on Mar. 16

The best dinner/entertainment value in the metropolitan region, topped by the splendid Man of La Mancha.

Always... Patsy Cline
by Ed Lieberman on Feb. 24

An emotional connection with a performer whose tragic life ended too soon and a pleasant way to become acquainted with country music.

Tim and Scrooge
by Ed Lieberman on Dec. 15

A heartwarming story of love, loyalty and family, enthusiasticly performed by a talented cast.

A Wonderful Life
by Ed Lieberman on Oct. 27

Lackluster production still offers a very pleasant holiday diversion that left some in the audience weeping in the end.

Show Boat
by Ed Lieberman on Oct. 22

One of the truly ground breaking Broadway musicals of all time in a gorgeous must-see production.

Fire Island Sun Articles

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

by Jeannie on Dec. 31

A series of photos from beginning to end

A Farewell to Paul Whitney
by Jeannie on Dec. 29

It is with sadness and regret that we have learned Paul Whitney passed away on November 10th. He was 82 years young. Paul had "landmark" standing in this community. He was the proprietor of the Kismet Market for many decades and his son, Andy, succeeded him.

Halloween at the Kismet INN
A great send off to a great summer!
by Jeannie on Nov. 24

See you next year…


by Jeannie on Oct. 22

Bravi to Joanne and her culinary team: Carrie, Helen, Pam, et al for this truly “Gemütlichkeit“ affair.

Fire Island Sun publisher featured in Newsday Article

by EMILY C. DOOLEY on Oct. 11
Photos by Steve Pfost

La Cage Aux Folles, a perfect fit for Pines Art Project’s grand finale for the season!
by Jeannie on Oct. 6
Photos by Parker Sargent

Cherry Grove (APCG) end-of-season gala ball: Return to Studio 54
by Jeannie on Oct. 6
Photos By James Belzer & Jerry Jakson

Panzi was very much the Grande Dame as she welcomed 100 plus revelers to the Gala.

Legends VI: A Musical Celebration of Cherry Grove’s Homecoming Queens: Hullabaloo: A ’60s Musical Flashback
by Jeannie on Oct. 6
Photos by Ray Bagnuolo

What the Grove does best is its spectacular array of Drag Queen as a fitting send off of the season.

Miss Fire Island celebrates its 50th “Golden” Anniversary contest at the Ice Palace in Cherry Grove
by Jeannie on Oct. 5
Photos by James Belzer & Jerry Jakson

Though sudden downpour caused some chaos at closing crowning ceremonies it didn't rain on the winners' parade as the wearing of the crown for a year and righteously earned life long bragging rights are priceless.

by Jeannie on Oct. 1

“He was a guy’s guy and the love of his life was his daughter Shannon, her husband Joe and his three grandchildren. It was a perfect ceremony bringing laughs as well as the sentiment”

2015 Kismet Kaye Mixed Up Unisex Doubles Tournament
Text by Barbosa, photos by Jeannie on Sep. 17

“Kismet or Fair Harbor…its all Fire Island” said new tennis star, Danielle.

Kismet’s Annual Arthur Lem Memorial Snapper Tournament
Photos & text by Bradlee White on Aug. 27

The children had one of the most exciting fishing adventures in years.

Photos by Bradlee White & Joanne Padavano on Aug. 27

The venerable Fire Department fundraiser remains a crowd favorite for both moms and dads and their kids.

Fashion On Fire, Benefit For Rosie O’Donnell’s Theater Kids
at The Ice Palace

by Jeannie on Aug. 27
Photos by Parker Sargent

by Parker Sargent on Aug. 21

Barebones first run of this energetic and endearing story of love is proof that David Auxier’s new musical is destined for a bigger stage.

by Jeannie on Aug. 21

Introducing a New Drag Queen and the simultaneous execution of three perfect splits made show history.

by Parker Sargent on Aug. 20

Her ability to effortlessly take you on the twisting journey through her mind makes you feel safe that she is at the wheel.


Dear Friends,
Recently, we were all saddened by the news that BILL PEREZ had passed away. Bill was a fellow Grovite for many, many years and quite the performer on the Community House Stage. I am sure you can all remember him sitting on the dock, taking in all the sights, with comment of course!

A Tribute to “Brooklyn” Phil
by Jeanne Lieberman on Aug. 14

Everybody liked him."He had no enemies”, more than one person said.

by Jeanne Lieberman on Aug. 13

A festive event on the beach, astounding in the creativity and fervor to enter, compete, eat, drink and judge.

Margaret Cho at Ice Palace: The Psycho Tour
by Jeanne Lieberman on Aug. 13

Covering the territory from lesbians to fag hags to gays each group responded with roars of recognition.

Lorraine Michels book signing:
“The Invasion of The Pines, 40 years of Fun, Frolic and Fantasy”

by Parker Sargent on Aug. 13

Captures the drama of drag, the passion of performance and the electricity of the Invasion.

Hedda Lettuce: Big Queen Small Throne
by Parker Sargent on Aug. 13

From the moment the show starts until the very end, she captivates the crowd.

by Jeannie on July. 24
photos by Jeannie, Myrna, Wendy, Bradlee

Tim: Kismet was starved for a good old fashioned block party and that's exactly what we got.

Cherry Grove is on Fire
by Parker Sargent on July. 17
Photos by Sean P Hargrove

Benefit for the Cherry Grove Fire Department paid off in talent…and money!

by Jeannie on July. 17
Photo by Sean Hargrove

In a benefit performance for APGC the prodigal Grovite proved to a delighted audience she has only improved with age!

INVASION ’15: 40 & Fabulous!
by Jeannie Lieberman on July. 10
Photos by Just Lorraine & Joyce Rogers

The record breaking crowd an astounding welcome befitting this momentous 40th anniversary of the Invasion.

Parade, Sam’s tribute slide show, the houses, Seabay Annual Potluck dinner

on July. 10
Photos by Bradlee

Seabay Annual Holiday Potluck Dinner
Text and photos by Bradlee on July. 10

3 stung on Fire Island by Portuguese man-of-wars

By Stacey Sager on July. 10

These sad stories raise many questions

on July. 10

If sharks, whales, and stingrays were not enough –
6 More Hazards to Beware of at Long Island Beaches This Summer

on July. 10

by Jeannie Lieberman on June. 25

The good news, it was a rainy weekend! The bad news, it was a rainy weekend!

Grove Remembers Lois McIntosh in Touching Tribute
by Jeannie Lieberman on June. 25

In the midst of a busy day there was a genuine moment of truth and emotion for a beloved Grove Icon, Lois McIntosh.

Kismet Fire Department Installation Dinner June, 2015
by Jeannie Lieberman on June. 19

The prestigious but peripatetic tradition has traveled from The Out, to a party boat, to the bay area of the Firehouse and now to the Out Courtyard.

by Jeannie Lieberman on June. 12

Despite somewhat less than the 90 people expected co-chair Bobbi Baker was very happy about the $22,780 netted before expenses.

by Jeannie Lieberman on June. 1

Demi Tasse an overwhelming favorite



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