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Metropolitan Opera delivers death blow to hopes for theater
return 20/21 season

With 3800 seats, the nation’s largest performing arts organization's cancellation of it entire 2021 season may well prove to be the trendsetter that impacts all live theater: Broadway theaters, symphony halls, rock venues, comedy clubs, dance spaces and other live arts institutions across the  country.
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THE AWARDS MUST GO ON - EVEN IF THE SHOWS DON'T

 

             Broadway openings possibly not till September

 

                        plus more entertainment links

 

Charlotte St. Martin, president of the Broadway League recently clarified her comments about  reopening "the current closure date (through June 7) was not meant to imply that shows would resume immediately after that.

We said we were exchanging and refunding tickets up to June 7. I mean, every couple of days our guesstimates go further out. As late as two weeks ago we were thinking that with any luck we might be up by July and that a worst case scenario might be September. Now, the best guesses are that unless there’s serious testing and information that we don’t have now, we’re probably looking at September or later."

 

However the 2019-20 season ended when 21 theaters shut down, making that practical end. Some annual end of season theater awards organizations bravely stuck to their original dates, albeit virtually and virally.

We thank them for a sense of normalcy.

 

2015 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award Winners ...

Drama League

This year’s award for Best Play of the curtailed 2019-20 season went to Heroes of the Fourth Turning by Will Arbery. Directed by Danya Taymor, the new work had its world premiere Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons, where it played a limited engagement from October 7 to November 17, 2019. The recipient will receive, along with the critics’ recognition, a cash prize of $2500, funded by a Lucille Lortel Foundation grant.In addition to the main prize for the best new play of the year, the NYDCC also recognized A Strange Loop, with book, music, and lyrics by Michael R. Jackson, as Best Musical. Another world-premiere production at Playwrights Horizons, the show, directed by Stephen Brackett, ran June 17 to July 28, 2019. Special Citations were given to David Byrne and the Broadway production of American Utopia; Deirdre O’Connell for career excellence, including her performance in Lucas Hnath’s Dana H. and the New York theater community for perseverance in the face of loss during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The announcement will be followed by a live online broadcast of the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards presentation ceremony on Tuesday, April 28, at 8pm.  www.dramacritics.org


April 8, 2020: "New York theater is caught in a moment of exceptional uncertainty. In the face of this, the mission of the Drama Desk Awards – recognizing the thousands of artists and craftspeople who make up our community – has never been more urgent. Our organization is committed to honoring the outstanding work of this season as best we can, with safety the highest priority. The Drama Desk Awards nominating committee will regard Wednesday, March 11, 2020, as the conclusion of the 2019-20 theater season, and move forward with determination of award nominees. The nominations will be announced on April 21. We anticipate announcing the awards online on Sunday, May 31, 2020, but all dates, as well as the form of the awards announcement, remain subject to change as events unfold in a region profoundly affected by the coronavirus pandemic"

 Among the 200 productions eligible:

Nominations for the 2020 Drama Desk Awards were revealed April 21 on the afternoon edition of Stars in the House, the daily live stream benefit for The Actors Fund hosted by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley. The series itself was named an honorary recipient during the announcement.

The 65th annual ceremony will take place as scheduled May 31, albeit

With 11 nominations, including Outstanding Musical, Soft Power led the pack. Following it, in terms of total noms, were musicals The Wrong Man (9) and Octet (8), and the play Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven (also 8). Then came The Secret Life of Bees and The Unsinkable Molly Brown (7 each).

As the Drama Desk Awards recognize Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off-Broadway works each year, two productions—the Broadway transfers of Slave Play and Girl From the North Country—were only deemed eligible for elements considered "new work" to the show. Similarly, the new engagements of Sea Wall/A LifeDerren Brown: SecretSlava’s Snowshow, and Pip’s Island were not considered as they had been deemed eligible

for the full list of nominations. https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Breaking-2020-Drama-Desk-Awards-Nominations--The-Full-List-20200421

 

THE WRONG MAN, A STRANGE LOOP & More Nominated for Lucille Lortel Awards -

Nominations for the 35th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway were announced today by theatre veterans Jeremy Jordan and Ashley Spencer. The Awards will be presented during a special online event on Sunday, May 3, broadcast on the official website - www.LortelAwards.org - beginning at 7:00pm ET

Leading the nominations this year with seven is Michael R. Jackson's A Strange Loop, produced by Playwrights Horizons in association with Page 73 Productions. The Outstanding Musical nominee also earned nominations for Stephen Brackett as Outstanding Director, as well as three acting nominations, Costume Design, and Choreographer.

Just behind with six nominations each - Will Arbery's Heroes of the Fourth Turning, produced by Playwrights Horizons, received nominations for Outstanding Play and Outstanding Director Danya Taymor; and Lincoln Center Theater/LCT3's In The Green earned a nomination for Outstanding Musical for writer Grace McLean, who was also nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical.
As previously announced, special honorees this year include Playwrights Horizons' Tim Sanford, who will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award; and Anna Deavere Smith, who will be inducted onto the famed Playwrights' Sidewalk in front of the historic Lucille Lortel Theatre.

 

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Dates for the Other Awards Ceremonies

The Drama League Awards
The 2020 Drama League Awards have been "re-envisioned" as the Gratitude Awards, acting instead as a fundraiser for members of the theatre community affected by the pandemic. Nominations will be announced April 23, with winners unveiled April 30 in an online broadcast.
The Drama League will replace its annual award luncheon on May 15 with a digital fundraiser

The Obie Awards
The 2020 ceremony has been delayed and will eventually take place virtually. The American Theater Wing (a co-presenter of the awards with The Village Voice) has established a relief fund for artists impacted by canceled productions, which will distribute grants of $500 to Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway artists.

The Olivier Awards
Though the April 5 U.K. ceremony was canceled, a television special highlighting Olivier moments from past years aired on ITV that day instead. The network intends to broadcast a new ceremony announcing the winners this fall.

The Outer Critics Circle Awards
The April 20 nominations announcement and May 21 gala have been put on hold, with rescheduling details to follow.

The Pulitzer Prizes
Originally scheduled to be announced April 20, the annual awards for journalism, literature, drama, and music will now be revealed via live stream May 4.

The Theatre World Awards
The 76th annual ceremony highlighting Broadway and Off-Broadway newcomers, originally scheduled for June 1, has been postponed and will likely take place in the fall.

The Tony Awards
The 74th annual ceremony, originally slated for June 7, has been put on hold indefinitely. Rescheduling and new eligibility details will be announced once the industry has a better sense of when productions will resume.

Notes: 

Broadway industry contributed $14.7 billion to the economy of New York City and supported 96,900 jobs.

Virus Victims

The virus has also claimed many lives in the theater world including four-time Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally, critic and former president of the Drama Desk William Wolf, actors Mark Blum (numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway credits, Obie winner for Gus and Al) and David Schramm (Finian’s Rainbow, Wings), composer Adam Schlesinger (Cry-Baby, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), musician Bucky Pizzarelli, and Hilary Teachout, wife of Terry Teachout, the theater critic for the Wall Street Journal. Among those who have tested positive for the virus and appear to be doing well are Moulin Rouge co-stars Danny Burstein and Aaron Tveit, Tony winner Brian Stokes Mitchell, Laura Bell Bundy (Legally Blonde, Hairspray), Chad Kimball (Come from Away), singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles (Waitress), composer David Bryan (Diana the Musical), TV personality Andy Cohen, opera legend Placido Domingo, and CNN anchor Chris Cuomo. According to People magazine and Deadline.

Broadway actor Nick Cordero Bullets Over Broadway, A Bronx Tale)  is recovering after having his right leg amputated following complications with coronavirus, Their friends have started a GoFundMe campaign 

As previously promised:

 Updated List of Entertainment links

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At-Home Gala, featuring more than 40 leading artists performing in a live stream from their homes all around the world. The event will take place Saturday, April 25, at 1 p.m. EDT, and will be available for free on the Met’s website MetOpera.org

 

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Sondheim 90 Birthday 

 

Broadway.com/youtube

 

starsinthehouse.com.

 

https://www.metopera.org/user-information/nightly-met-opera-streams/

 

www.metropolitanplayhouse.org/virtualplayhouse

 

Stratford Festival website

 

https://www.youtube.com/user/thefleatheater

 

https://www.nycitycenter.org/About/our-programs/encores-archives-project/

 

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www.timeout.com/newyork/theater/the-best-theater-to-watch-online-april-24

 

www.wlky.com/article/stage-one-theater-offering-free-online-content-for-kids/...

 

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www.lamplightertheatre.com/listen-online

 


Metropolitan Opera delivers death blow to hopes for theater return 20/21 season

by BY RYAN MCPHEE
SEP 23, 2020

DON'T WORRY! ENTERTAINMENT IS BUT A LINK AWAY

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

by Jeanne Lieberman

plus more entertainment links

Confinement, from Sophocles to Sartre
Dramatists have long focused on the agonies and irritations of self-imposed or enforced isolation

By Michael Billington on April 08, 2020

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

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


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

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


Bernard Gersten Public Theater 2010 Gala

Bernard Gersten, a pioneering force in New York City’s nonprofit theater movement, died today at his home in Manhattan of pancreatic cancer. He was 97.

His death was announced by daughter Jenny Gersten.

Lincoln Center Theater mourns our cherished Bernard Gersten who died this morning peacefully in his sleep at the astounding age of 97,” the theater company said in a statement. “Bernie’s intelligence, innate sense of goodness, bravery, wisdom, generosity, elegance and wit, and most important, deep knowledge and love of the theater, made him a giant in our profession and a beloved friend to many…LCT would not be here today were it not for the talent and love of this extraordinary man.”

Gersten worked alongside Joseph Papp in establishing both the Public Theater in the East Village and the New York Shakespeare Festival, housed at Central Park’s Delacorte Theater, into signature New York City cultural touchstones. He followed that work in 1985 with nearly 30 years as executive producer of Lincoln Center Theater, a tenure that saw the nonprofit company emerge as one of the nation’s premiere producers of theater.

At the Public, Gersten was the primary deputy to founder Papp: As Papp’s associate producer from 1960 to 1978, Gersten helped to bring to the stage such seminal theatrical works as Hair, A Chorus Line, Streamers, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When The Rainbow Is Enuf, and That Championship Season, among numerous others. Shakespeare in the Park, under the aegis of the Public Theater, would provide early career spotlights for generations of rising talent, including Raul Julia, Meryl Streep and James Earl Jones.

Gersten and Papp ended their partnership in 1978 in a very public disagreement over Papp’s decision not to produce Michael Bennett’s Ballroom, the follow-up to what is arguably the Public’s signature achievement:  A Chorus Line. In a show of loyalty to Bennett, Gersten himself co-produced Ballroom on Broadway, though the musical was not well-received and failed within months.

Gersten’s tenure at Lincoln Center Theater restored the producer to his previous high-profile success, though, with nearly three decades of ground-breaking plays, musicals and revivals: John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation, Tom Stoppard’s The Coast of Utopia, a 1995 revival of The Heiress starring Cherry Jones, the 1994 Carousel revival starring Audra McDonald, Christopher Durang’s 2012 Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, to name a very few.

In all, Gersten received 14 Tony Awards throughout his career, and was given the Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2013.

Between his roles at the Public and LCT, Gersten was an executive vice president at Francis Ford Coppola’s Zoetrope Studios, and was a vice president at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.

Born in Newark, New Jersey, Gersten is survived by wife Cora Cahan, the founding president of the nonprofit development agency the New 42nd Street and current president of New York’s Baryshnikov Arts Center; daughters Jenny Gersten and Jilian Cahan Gersten; and grandchildren.

Editor's note: Our paths crossed many times at theater functions.

Bernie possessed that unique theater person's ability to memorize faces. He always smiled in recognition of me, which so impressed me, while making my pulse quicken at the compliment.

He never hogged the spotlight letting his cohorts bask in its glow.

He was a  true gentleman.

                   Jeanne Lieberman


Former Drama Desk President William Wolf Passes Away

by Broadway World News Desk  (3/31/2020)

 

Broadway World is saddened to report that William Wolf, former President of the Drama Desk, passed away from virus complications on Saturday, March 28. He is survived by his wife, Lillian Kramer Wolf.

Photos by Ed Rubin

William Wolf, critic, author, educator and lecturer, served two years as Chairman of the New York Film Critics Circle and was a member of the National Society of Film Critics, the New York Film Critics Online, the Online Film Critics Society, P. E. N., the American Theatre Critics Association, the International Association of Theatre Critics, and the American Association of University Professors.
 

He served as President of the Drama Desk, an organization of critics and writers on the theater, and previously served for two years on its nominating committee for the Drama Desk Awards and is on the Drama Desk Executive Board.

 

In 1998 he founded and began publishing the Wolf Entertainment Guide on the Internet

At New York University, he was an Adjunct Professor and taught Film as Literature in the English Department and Cinema and Literature in the French Department.

Wolf was for many years film critic and film editor for Cue Magazine (1964-1980), and when Cue was merged into New York Magazine, he became a critic and contributing editor, writing the magazine's On Film column (1980-1983).

He subsequently became the syndicated film critic and columnist for the Gannett newspaper chain (1984-1988).

 

Wolf's articles have appeared in newspapers throughout the United States, publications abroad, and various national and international magazines and prestigious annuals.

Wolf is the author of Landmark Films: The Cinema and Our Century , which he wrote in collaboration with his wife, Lillian Kramer Wolf, and of The Marx Brothers. He has contributed chapters on "Easy Rider" and "Duck Soup" to "The A List: 100 Essential Films" a collection of reviews by members of the National Society of Film Critics, and "The Eroticism of Words" and "Kinsey" chapters in the National Society's sequel, "The X List."


As yet, no funeral or memorial plans are being announced, and Bill’s family hasn’t designated a preferred recipient or recipients of memorial gifts.

 

Editor's note: Wherever a Drama Desk function or on press nights I always shared time with Bill and Lillian, They were inseparable and my heart goes out to Lillian. I used to call Bill "Mr. President".  He was the ultimate nice guy, clever caring and coherent.

I am deeply shocked and saddened at the sudden loss.

He shall be greatly missed.

                                             Jeanne Lieberman, Publisher




Columns

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

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

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

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

Outstanding.

The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical
by Rachel Pacelli on November, 08, 2019

Lightning doesn’t strike twice in this musical adaptation of a beloved series.

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

An outrageously overstuffed feast of spectacle and song.

Tootsie
by Marc Miller on May, 07, 2019

A big, funny old-new musical comedy, with a breakout turn by Santino Fontana and a loose thread or two.

Beetlejuice
by David Schultz on May, 03, 2019

Wildly inventive, overly caffeinated reboot is strictly for the fanbase.

Ain’t 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 that’s no easy accomplishment, in telling the story of a Motown group who beat a path to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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.

Anastasia
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
by Eugene Paul On Mar. 21 2017

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

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

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

Waitress
by David Schultz On May.4, 2016

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

Hamilton
by Michall Jeffers On Jan.13, 2016

Handily combines history and hip hop

Honeymoon In Vegas
by joel Benjamin on Jan. 27

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

Side Show
by Eugene Paul on Nov. 28

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

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

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

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

Broadway - Plays

Grand Horizons
        by Eugene Paul on February 25, 2020

One of the brightest delights in town, hilarious, shocking, touching.

A Soldier's Play
        by Eugene Paul on February 25, 2020

Top notch performances, top notch production, riveting and relevant.

My Name Is Lucy Barton
        by Fern Siegel on January 20, 2020

The adaptation of Elizabeth Strout’s acclaimed novel explores the practicality of suffering in a mesmerizing way.

The Great Society
        by Deirdre Donovan on December 16, 2019

Robert Schenkkan’s companion piece to All the Way settles in with a star-studded cast and a ton of testosterone.

The Inheritance
        by David Schultz on December 08, 2019

A modern gay intergenerational riff on Howard’s End, operatic in scope.

The Rose Tattoo
        by Fern Siegel on October 24, 2019

Set in 1950 along the Gulf Coast, tells the story of Serafina Delle Rose, a bereft but lusty Sicilian woman.

Linda Vista
        by Eugene Paul on October 22, 2019

Playwright Tracy Letts and the Steppenwolf Company at their scathing best.

The Height Of The Storm
        by Ron Cohen on October 03, 2019

Majestic performances illuminate the interplay of love, death and memory.

Betrayal
        by Ron Cohen on September 12, 2019

A trio of terrific actors and little else make for potent Pinter.

Sea Wall/A Life
        by Fern Siegel on August 15, 2019

A searing look at life and death.

Frankie & Johnny In The Clair De Lune
        by Eugene Paul on June 13, 2019

Audra McDonald. Michael Shannon. Terrence McNally. Arin Arbus. Pure gold.

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

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

The Ferryman
By Eugene Paul on November 14, 2018

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

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.

Constellations
by Joel Benjamin on Jan. 20

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

Off-Broadway - Musicals

The Unsinkable Molly Brown
by Eugene Paul on March 12, 2020

Beth Malone is the wonderful warm heart at the center of Molly Brown’s saga, bumpkin to grande dame.

City Center Encores! Mack & Mabel
by Jeanne Lieberman and David Schultz on March 04, 2020

Back in town after 46 years, this time it very well may become the fully-fledged classic that eluded Jerry Herman in his lifetime.

E.Y. “Yip” Harburg: Follow the Fellow Who Follows a Dream
By Deirdre Donovan on Feruary 03, 2020

The 92nd Street Y’s “Lyrics & Lyricists” honors a lyricist whose iconic songs still make us laugh, cry, and think.

Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation!
By Julia Polinsky on January 22, 2020

There’s too much terrific to list, so just go see it. It’s among the best 90 minutes/no intermission in town.

Evita New York City Center Annual Gala Presentation
By Deirdre Donovan on November 27, 2019

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s 1979 rock-opera about politics, passion, and glamour gives new psychological depths to the eponymous character.

Cyrano - A New Group Musical Starring Peter Dinklage
By Arney Rosenblat on November 19, 2019

A worthwhile addition to the cache of Cyrano de Bergerac adaptations.

Little Shop of Horrors
By David Schultz on November 11, 2019

Returning to its roots, this joyfully demented revival thrills.

Fifty Million Frenchmen
By Rachel Pacelli on October 14, 2019

A showcase of Cole Porter’s hits - is as light and frothy as a French meringue

Love, Noel: The Songs and Letters of Noel Coward
By Deirdre Donovan on September 03, 2019

A portrait of Coward with his feet up and wit intact

Bat Out of Hell
By Arney Rosenblat on August 22, 2019

"If you don't go over the top, how are you going to see what's on the other side?"

The Secret Life of Bees
By Fern Siegel on July 17, 2019

The musical adaptation of Sue Monk Kidd’s novel is beautifully realized, championing female empowerment.

Working: The Musical
By Deirdre Donovan on July 10, 2019

Encores! Off-Center 's poignant and sensitive update of Studs Terkel’s 1974 classic becomes a timely homage to immigrants and New York City Center itself.

An Evening with Gavin Creel
By Deirdre Donovan on June 28, 2019

An emigree from the Buckeye State regales an audience at the 92nd Street Y with classics from the American Songbook and backstage stories from Broadway.

Enter Laughing
By Deirdre Donovan on June 20, 2019

The York Theatre Company looks into their past and excavates a musical theater gem for their 50th anniversary year.

Encores! High Button Shoes
By David Schultz & Jeanne Lieberman on June 13, 2019

Few experiences can generate the pure unadulterated joy of this 1947 musical. That 10 minute ballet is sheer musical nirvana.

Sondheim: Wordplay
By Deirdre Donovan on April 12, 2019

The 92nd Street Y’s Lyrics & Lyricists series takes a closer look at Sondheim’s 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 Hart’s 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 Y’s “Lyrics & Lyricists” series celebrates Black History Month with the genius of Sammy Davis, Jr.

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 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

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.

Smokey Joe's Café
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.

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

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Incantata

        by Eugene Paul on March 12 2020

Stanley Townsend is magnificent in Sam Yate’s vivid production surrounding the great Paul Muldoon’s famous elegy.

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Cambodian Rock Band

        by Eugene Paul on March 09 2020

A surging, horribly funny, flintly beautiful, expertly performed dive into the carefully forgotten Far East cauldron.

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The Hot Wing King

        by Julia Polinsky on March 09 2020

Those tears in your eyes might be from the heat of some Suicide Flats, or from the heart of this tale of ambition, love, family, and Pili-Pili powder.

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Blues for an Alabama Sky

        by Julia Polinsky on March 04 2020

A knockout performance from Alfie Fuller is the best thing about Keen Company’s presentation.

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Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice

        by Eugene Paul on February 28 2020

The issue is: what do two hetero couples do in one bed? Make a fun show?

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Look Back in Anger

        by R. Pikser on February 26 2020

Still relevant and provocative and should be performed and thought about more often.

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Chekhov/Tolstoy: Love Stories 

        by Arney Rosenblat on February 19 2020

an interesting tug of war between social reformer and artist historic in lesser known works of two of the world's greatest writers.

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Paradise Lost

        by Eugene Paul on February 19 2020

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The Journey

        by Eugene Paul on February 13 2020

A shaggy dog story, rambling, episodic, somewhat like an ayahuascan experience, its central theme.

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Woman in Black

        by David Schultz on February 11 2020

Aughhh! Eek!! Hohum...

Halfway Bitches Go Straight To Heaven

Medea

        by David Schultz on February 10 2020

A clinical modern reboot of Euripides Greek Tragedy softens the horror.

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The Confession of Lily Dare

        by Marc Miller on February 04 2020

Charles Busch’s mockup of a distinct pre-Code genre is a wall-to-wall smile, but the better you know the genre, the more you’ll smile.

Halfway Bitches Go Straight To Heaven

Halfway Bitches Go Straight To Heaven

        by David Schultz on January 22 2020

Pulitzer Prize Winner Stephen Adly Guirgis creates a harrowing theatrical experience in his inimitable style once again.

Young Man From Atlanta

London Assurance

        by Eugene Paul on January 03 2020

A treat for the holidays, buoyant, infectious, in fact a treat for any time.

Young Man From Atlanta

One in Two

        by Ron Cohen on December 31 2019

Urgent, courageous and meaningful theatre.

Young Man From Atlanta

Judgment Day

        by Arney Rosenblat on December 29, 2019

A stark parable on guilt and the dangers of mob mentality set in a time when the concept of truth is under assault.

Young Man From Atlanta

Is This A Room

        by Julia Polinsky on December 28, 2019

A brilliant, soul-scouring performance by Emily Davis makes Is This A Room deeply rewarding -- and challenging -- to watch.

Young Man From Atlanta

Young Man From Atlanta

        by Fern Siegel on December 23, 2019

Deception and defeat dog the grieving Kidder family.

Greater Clements

        by Marc Miller on December 19, 2019

Anomie in the hinterlands, and so drawn out that we’re made to feel it too. But a blazing turn by Edmund Donovan.

The Thin Place

        by Eugene Paul on December 16, 2019

Don’t you just love a good spooky story? What’s your spook tolerance?

Harry Townsend’s Last Stand

        by Ron Cohen on December 13, 2019

Fine performances yield laughs and some tears as father and son debate aging with naturalistic craftsmanship and genuine sentiments.

MsTRIAL

        by Julia Polinsky on December 11, 2019

Deals with men, women, power, and rape. A terrible subject that this play somehow has made tedious..

Seared

        by Arney Rosenblat on December 03, 2019

There's a sizeable sizzle for both Foodies and non-Foodies to enjoy in the new Theresa Rebeck play.

The Sound Inside

        by Eugene Paul on November 27, 2019

One of the brightest gems of the season, a strong awards contender.

Einstein’s Dreams

        by Eugene Paul on November 27, 2019

In many ways, a beauty.

Bella Bella

        by Julia Polinsky on November 19, 2019

Harvey Fierstein’s magnificent presence, impeccable timing, simmering anger delivers pithy commentary and harsh humor.

Macbeth

        by Ron Cohen on November 14, 2019

The hurly-burly boils over thoughtfully, moodily and briskly in this production of one of Shakespeare's most popular tragedies.

Dublin Carol

        by Barry Bassis on November 04, 2019

Tears in the Whiskey.

The Hope Hypothesis

        by Julia Polinsky on November 04, 2019

Asks more questions than it answers, including: what’s the solution? Horrifying? Humorous? It may be both.

Fern Hill

        by Barry Bassis on October 24, 2019

A Commune for Aging Baby Boomers.

(A)loft Modulation

        by Barry Bassis on October 22, 2019

All that jazz is the best part.

How I Found an Affordable Apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan without Really Trying

        by Deirdre Donovan on October 18, 2019

Charles Gross’ new one-man play, delicious as a fresh bagel with a schmear of laughter, wit, and romance

Caesar and Cleopatra

        by Ron Cohen on September 25, 2019

A Shaw classic get a classy revival.

Only Yesterday

        by Ron Cohen on September 16, 2019

The music is missing but the spirit is there in this tale of two Beatles waiting out a storm in a Florida motel room.

Coriolanus

        by Arney Rosenblat on August 15, 2019

In these unsettling political times an exploration of democracy slipping off the rails has become increasingly relevant.

Rinse, Repeat

        by Ron Cohen on August 13, 2019

A young woman’s battle with anorexia compelling explored through the lens of a family drama.

Little Gem

        by Ron Cohen on August 13, 2019

Resilience and ribaldry as a trio of Dublin women have their say about life and love.

Summer Shorts: A Festival of New American Plays
HERE I LIE by Courtney Baron; directed by Maria Mileaf
INTERIOR by Nick Payne, based on the Maurice Maeterlinck play; directed by Rory McGregor
THE BRIDGE PLAY by Danielle Trzcinski; directed by Sarah Cronk

        by Julia Polinsky on July 29, 2019

The three plays of Series A look at death from outside (Interior), inside (Here I Lie), and almost as an aside (Bridge Play).

Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow
        by Ron Cohen on July 25, 2019

The language is coarse but the humanity compelling in this Chekhov adaptation.

The Rolling Stone
        by Fern Siegel on July 23, 2019

Sex and religion meet on a deadly playing field in Uganda.

Toni Stone
        by Ron Cohen on June 25, 2019

You won’t need peanuts and Crackerjack. This show is a vivifying as a hit-filled day at the ballpark.

The Mountains Look Different
        by Marc Miller on June 25, 2019

The Mint does its usual splendid work resurrecting a forgotten play, and a darn solid one at that, by the unsung Micheal mac Liammoir.

Much Ado About Nothing
        by Barry Bassis on June 24, 2019

Black and Beautiful, a strong directorial debut for Kenny Leon at the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park.

Octet
        by Eugene Paul on June 13, 2019

Possibly the most brilliant theatrical work of the year.

Long Lost
        by Ron Cohen on June 11, 2019

A well-crafted if somewhat muted drama examines the strains and strengths of familial ties and obligation.

Socrates
        by Arney Rosenblat on June 03, 2019

Brilliant prescient play question the strengths and weaknesses inherent in democratic rule .

Hans Christian Andersen: Tales Real & Imagined
        by Arney Rosenblat on May 29, 2019

The saddest fairy tale of all, the life that Andersen lived.

Postings To The Moon
        by Fern Siegel on May 22, 2019

A portrait of a bygone era and an enduring love story.

Electronic City
        by R. Pikser on April 29, 2019

An intriguingly stylized critique of what our lives have become, carried to extremes .

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

Revolution — political and familial — 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, Guare’s tour de force wrapped in director Zaks’s 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 Blitzstein’s 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.

Vilna
        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.

LOOKING FOR LEROY
        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.

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

the most likable Waiting for Godot imaginable

Life X 3
By Eugene Paul on November 27, 2018

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

WELCOME TO PASSION NATION
By Jeannie Lieberman on November 20, 2018

One of a kind immersive dinner/theater experience.

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

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

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

FEATURES

Confinement, from Sophocles to Sartre
Dramatists have long focused on the agonies and irritations of self-imposed or
enforced isolation

By Michael Billington on April 08, 2020

Interview with Ted Sperling, Artistic Director, conductor, orchestrator
The Gershwin’s Let ‘Em Eat Cake At Carnegie Hall
By Rachel Pacelli on November 19, 2019

"Don’t wait for the next production of Let ‘Em Eat Cake...it’s been 30 years, it might be another 30 before it comes back."

Eddie Izzard: Wunderbar
By David Schultz on May 21, 2019

Run don’t walk, to see Eddie before he enters the political arena. Might be your last chance for the foreseeable future.

Cirque Du Soleil’s Luzia
By Eugene Paul on March 15, 2019

One of the best of the Cirque du Soleil offerings.

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.

Cabaret/Concerts/Opera's

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

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

Trio da Paz

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

The Django Reinhardt NY Festival Makes a Triumphant Return to Birdland

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

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

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

Rigoletto

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

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

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

Our Time: Sullivan & Harnar Sing Sondheim
54 Below

By Joel Benjamin on Feb. 12

Two cabaret greats at the top of their game.

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

By Joel Benjamin on Jan. 20

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

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

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

Dance

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

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

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

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

The Dancing Crane company
By R. Pikser on November 19, 2019

Remind us why people dance and why people go to see dance as they maintaining song and dance of Georgia in its new land.

Kathryn Posin Dance
By R. Pikser on September 19, 2019

Posin continues to exploit her admirable intelligence and to experiment with it.

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.

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.

Shadows
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.

Kodo
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.

Regionals

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chasing Rainbows The Road To Oz
By David Schultz on October 14, 2019

Wistful Tuner delves into the early years of Frances Gumm AKA Judy Garland

On Your Feet
By Edward Lieberman on June 30, 2019

For its summer production WBT is cranking up the heat!

Newsies
By Edward Lieberman on May 12, 2019

An exuberant and energetic re-telling of a true story that will inspire, entertain and educate a youthful audience at the same time!

The Bodyguard: The Musical
By Edward Lieberman on May 09, 2019

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

Menopause The Musical
by Edward Lieberman on March 18, 2019

BEWARE THE CHANGE! That’s the message of the current production at the Westchester Broadway Theatre

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

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.

Halftime
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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Good afternoon Cherry Grove!

 


On every other Labor Day weekend, our Queen IKEA (Matt Baney) directs/produces a show featuring our Homecoming Queens: "LEGENDS".


Just because we cannot go to the theatre this year, does not mean that the theatre cannot come to us!


For your entertainment pleasure. follow the link below for a fabulous show - excerpts from all Legends productions over the years. See the best of your beloved Homecoming Queens!

 

https://vimeo.com/454552363


Have a great weekend!


President

 

2019-2020

 


Hi Folks,

 

As your Homecoming Queen IKEA, I would like to share with you another of the Arts Project's "Queen's Encore Series". I am happy to present a command performance of Marieann Meringolo's cabaret show recorded live on August 22, 2019.

 

I hope you enjoy and look forward to more "ENCORES"!

 

For your viewing pleasure, please go to: https://vimeo.com/355670150

 

IKEA

 


Congratulations to our
2020 HOMECOMING QUEEN
IKEA!


We want to especially thank the other contestants,

Levonia Jenkins and Davida Jones
for their exceptional presentation!
It was a difficult decision for sure as all three
were perfect candidates to represent the Community!!!!

We also want to thank our loyal and generous members who have come out to support The Arts Project during these difficult times!


WHO WILL BE YOUR 2020 HOMECOMING QUEEN????
Those in the know want to know!

APOCG

We are thrilled to say we have 3 contestants this year, who want to represent the Arts Project during this difficult year.
We have Levonia Jenkins, Ikea and Davida !!!!!

On Saturday, at about 4pm, we will be posting via YouTube a video presentation of the HQ Contest, including guest stars Ariel Sinclair, Ginger Snapp and last year's queen, Victoria Falls.
All 3 candidates will present themselves
to the Community for you to vote.
They will also be marching in the CG Gay Pride Parade
at 2pm to meet to their prospective subjects.

Voting will be via email by APCG Members only - so be sure to join up for this year if you have not done so already!
https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?membership=apcg

Voting will be for 24 hours and we will announce the winner
Sunday Evening. You may vote by emailing:
apcgpresident@aol.com.

Please state your name and your vote. Our membership chair will be checking for members and counting the votes
(one vote per membership!)

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!
PANZI!

 

 

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KISMET UPDATE: MAY 15th
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Fire Island dredging halted for ‘emergency’ beach project near Mar-a-Lago

by Jon Levine

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by Marija Beqaj, Pat Hackett

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

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

        

International Coastal Clean up: Keep Kismet Clean Day

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INTERVIEW: FINS SUPERINTENDENT ALEXCY ROMERO

        by Laura Schmidt (FIN) - August 17, 2019

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

        

Suzanne Westenhoefer

"Fearless, Bold, Unapologetic—and Freaking Hilarious"

        by Jeannie

MOONEY MAGIC at the INN

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

Comedy Night
Turns Firehouse into a Naughty Nightclub
by Jeannie


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

RECOLLECTIONS OF WOODSTOCK + 50

by Tom Licari


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

Maggie Fischer Memorial Cross Bay Swim

pictures and text by Wendy Schou

Kismet Festival Results

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

Recently Sam Woods was featured in a TV Ad

Now Tim Mooney is on the cover of a trade publication

LICA Road Warriors Magazine

who's next for stardom?

Invasion 19

           by Jeannie

KLAW Digs for the Dough!

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

          pix by Jeannie

KFD SALTAIRE DRILL June 7 '19

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

Piro Propels Paws Applause
in stunning return to Cherry Grove Stage


pix & text by Jeannie on June 08, 2019

Kismet Homeowners Meeting June '19
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CHERRY GROVE'S ARTS PROJECT 2019
Busy schedule includes lots of cabaret divas,
a show about sex, and ends with a Stonewall Riot!!
(take a look)

KISMET’S DERBY WINNERS (no replay) HERE:
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Carol Thomas, citizen of Kismet

a “tough cookie”
the end came with surprising and merciful swiftness
A shock to us all
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The Producers
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Opening Night in Babylon’s new Argyle theater was a non-stop laugh-fest.

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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!
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Drag Queens Conquer the Out
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The packed Community House rocked with laughter

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

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

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proved some 'fleas' are good

by Jeannie on June 21, 2018

Annual Spring KCA (Kismet Community Association) Meeting

by Jeannie on June 06, 2018

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

MUGS FOR MUGSY

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

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

Jeannie

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BLACK & WHITE PARTY


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Memorial for Kismet's "Mayor" Brian Crawford



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Press Release

Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society
Aug. 22, 2019

 

 

September    
Sunday 1 Art Workshop
11 am – 3 pm with artist David Adams
Collage on fabric and paper with abstracts.
     
Sunday 8 Grandparents Day
Spend the day with your grandchildren at the Lighthouse.  Grandparents climb the Tower for free.  Children must be 42” tall to climb.
     
Saturday 14 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 2019 maintained the light.  Includes a tour of the Lens Building, which houses our original first order Fresnel Lens, and the Boat House.  Tour takes approximately 2 ½ hours.    $15 for FILPS Members/$20 for non-members – Reservations required. Limit 12 people.
     
Saturday 14 Evening Tower Tour
6:30 pm- Experience the sunset from a new perspective.  View the sunset and the Strawberry Moon 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 7:06 pm.
     
October    
Saturday 12 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 2019 maintained the light.  Includes a tour of the Lens Building, which houses our original first order Fresnel Lens, and the Boat House.  Tour takes approximately 2 ½ hours.    $15 for FILPS Members/$20 for non-members – Reservations required. Limit 12 people.
Saturday 12 Lantern Light Tour- “Path through History”
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm (tours leave at 15 minute intervals)-Meet in Field #5 RMSP.  Enjoy an escorted lantern light walk along the beach & through the swale as stationed interpreters unfold the stories of the United States Life Saving Service & Fire Island Light Station.  $10 per person – Reservations required.  Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight for your walk back to the parking field.  The Tower will remain open until 9 pm at regular fees.
Sunday 13 Evening Tower Tour
5:45 pm- Experience the sunset from a new perspective.  View the sunset and the Hunters Moon 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 6:18 pm.
     
November    
Monday 11 Thank you to all our United States Veterans!
Free Tower Tours during regular operating hours to all veterans who served in the military.
Tuesday 12 Evening Tower Tour
4 pm- Experience the sunset from a new perspective.  View the sunset and the Beaver Moon from the top of the Lighthouse.  Bring a flashlight for your walk back to the parking field. - $15 for FILPS members/$20 for non-members. Reservations Required.  Sunset 4:39 pm.
Saturday 30 Tree Trimming Event
10 am – 3 pm.  Kick off the holiday season by helping us decorate our holiday tree.  Bring a handmade ornament relating to the sea, nature or the Lighthouse to hang on our tree.  Free hot chocolate and cookies.
Saturday 30 Thanksgiving Weekend Evening Tower Tour
4 pm - Experience the Lighthouse at night while working off some of those holiday calories. Bring a flashlight for your walk back to the parking field.  $15 for FILPS Members/$20 for non-members – Reservations Required.  Sunset 4:27 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
 www.fireislandlighthouse.com  (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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