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Ariane Dubose and performers at the 76th Tony Awards. (Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

 

Hail and Farewell

 

 

“A picture is worth 1000 words.” That old adage is beautifully once again proven when the Writers Guild of America writers went on strike and deemed the 2023 Tonys scriptless, as indicated – wordlessly -- by the clever opening picture of an empty page script. Triple threat dancers, singers, and actors proved they could still put on a show. The result was a tighter, more focused program minus the momentum-and energy-killing monologues.

 

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There were many elements that distinguished this year‘s Tony Awards. First, the move uptown to Lin Manuel Miranda‘s neighborhood in Washington Heights, away from the typical Broadway hangouts: what an eye-opener! Lin-Manuel exclaimed, “Never in my wildest dreams!” as he welcomed the crowd to his neighborhood: 175th St., corner of Broadway: the United Palace, an ornate, former movie house with 3000 seats.

 

 

The most prevalent element was the writers strike which created some omissions, not to mention the occasional profanity that escaped the lips of those on stage, in the emotion of the moment, and liberated from teleprompters. Also was endearing to viewers who are already addicted to live theater. The writers strike also meant that there were no scripted introductions. Presenters were merely announced and delivered just the facts. There were no jokes or transitions.

 

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As usual, Theater acted as the bulwark against serious issues like antisemitism, as evidenced by giving the awards to Leopoldstadt, (Best Play) and Parade (Best Musical Revival).

 

The Tony-winners list would become too serious without humor, which played a major part in the season. Shows such as Fat Ham and &Juliet offered fearless skewering, taking the sacrosanct out of Shakespeare. Then there was Shucked and Peter Pan Goes Wrong, which unapologetically dug deep down into belly laughs and corny jokes, plus lowering of standards, opting in favor of slapstick and bawdy jokes.

 

Also, the time was allotted to the heart of theater, honoring teachers and local theater companies that assure its future. Excellence in Theatre awards went to accountant and professor Robert Fried, Stage Manager Lisa Dawn Cave, and Victoria Bailey, director of TDF. Pasadena Playhouse won the Regional Theatre Award.

 

All in all, a season of excellent theater, in houses that were more full than recent years, added up to exciting, terrific Tony awards. Challenges be damned: on with the show!

 

-      Jeannie Lieberman, Publisher

 

What’s Next?

 

2023-23 was a season of nervous hits, coming as the Covid pandemic gradually waned. Many theaters had mask requirements at the start of the season, and houses were less full than they could have been.

 

Traditionally, a Broadway show must be selling at 60% capacity in order to survive the season. Many shows had difficulty reaching that. The June, 2023 Tony Awards did give a boost to attendance and income, but a spate of post-Tony closings prove that belief is not infallible.

 

Many shows have had higher grosses in the weeks since the Tonys, but these winners have closed:  Fat Ham, Leopoldstadt, Prima Facie and The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window.  In fairness, all were limited runs, scheduled to close on July 2 before they won their Tony awards.

 

However, as a testimony to the health of the industry, there is an abundance of exciting shows opening this summer and fall – next year’s Tony contenders, knocking on that door.

 

Theaterscene.com, as usual, invites you to tune in, as we peruse them all.

 

BROADWAY: SUMMER 2023

Once Upon a One More Time

 

 

Back to the Future

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Here Lies Love

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The Cottage

The Shark is Broken

 

BROADWAY: FALL/WINTER 2023

Purlie Victorious

Melissa Etheredge: My Window

Gutenberg! The Musical!

Merrily We Roll Along

Harmony

 

The winter-spring has also scheduled a revival of The Wiz, and the first-ever Broadway production of The Mousetrap.

 

OFF-BROADWAY:

 

The Public has announced its season, which includes a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest; Hell’s Kitchen, loosely based on Alicia Key’s own experiences; Manahatta; The Ally; Sally & Tom; Jordans; and Sean O’Casey’s Dublin Trilogy.

 

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The Roundabout Theater Company has announced its 23-24 schedule. For Broadway, they have I Need That; Doubt; and Home; their Off-Broadway offerings are The Refuge Plays; Covenant; and Jonah.

 

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Like the Roundabout, Manhattan Theater Club offers both Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. Their 23-24 season, thus far: on Broadway, Jaja’s African Hair Braiding and Prayer for the French Republic. Off-Broadway, they’ll present Poor Yella Rednecks and Brooklyn Laundry.

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More shows will be scheduled soon. Keep an eye on Theaterscene.com; we’ll keep you posted on upcoming shows.

-       Jeanne Lieberman, Publisher





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

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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

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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

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By Jeanne Lieberman on Nov. 23

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STATEMENT FROM HARVEY FIERSTEIN ON THE PASSING OF SHELDON HARNICK

The last of "the boys" is gone!

"The Boys" is what I affectionately called the three geniuses who wrote Fiddler on the Roof. As a devotee of theater, as a Jew, as a person who admires brilliance and gentility, I loved Sheldon Harnick and today he left us. But, oh, the gifts he left us!

His lyrics were clear and purposeful and never lapsed into cliche. You'd never catch him relying on easy rhymes or "lists" to fill a musical phrase. He always sought and told the truth for the character and so made acting his songs a joy. A JOY! A JOY!!!! I can't say that loudly enough. And this atheist will pronounce it... a blessing!

I am proud to say that I was the last actor approved in concert by "the boys" to play Tevye before they each left us. Jerry Bock's music. Joe Stein's book. Sheldon Harnick's lyrics. Perfection. Nothing compares to the feelings I got singing one of their songs. I grew with each stanza; my heart was released with every thought.

Sheldon embraced me just as he embraced his audience with tender inspiration. I loved every visit I had with him and his devoted wife, Margie, backstage during my year of Fiddler on Broadway and then again when I replaced Topol in the road company.

I'm sitting here typing, crying, smiling and wishing to see one more holiday card from him in my mail box. Oh, Sheldon... Ninety-nine years of you were not enough.

Thank you, Sheldon. Thank you.

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Editor’s Note: Due to the length of his phenomenal career and his own longevity, our paths crossed often at award ceremonies, earning nods of recognition between us, as he received accolades from those around him, but we bonded momentarily when he stood behind me, on slow line for hearing devices at a theater, and I turned to him, and said in Yiddish “Oy! A gonza megillah!” to his delight.

He was a gentle gentleman and will be greatly missed.

– Jeannie Lieberman, Publisher

Broadway - Musicals

Back-to-the-Future The Musical

Back To The Future: The Musical
Reviewed by Julia Polinsky on August 18, 2023

Fun, fast-moving, high powered, delightful, with a killer cast and superb stagecraft.

Here-Lies-Love

Here Lies Love
Reviewed by Cammy Paglia on August 11, 2023

Step aside, Evita; Imelda has arrived!

Once Upon A One More Time

Once Upon A One More Time
Reviewed by Fern Siegel on July 04, 2023

The new musical, with a Brittany Spears score, tackles fairy tales with a feminist twist.

Camelot

Camelot
A review by Deirdre Donovan on May 11, 2023

Lerner and Loewe’s problematical musical from 1960 gets an enchanting revival on Broadway, under the direction of Bartlett Sher, with a new book by Aaron Sorkin.

NewYork-NewYork

New York, New York
A review by Marc Miller on May 02, 2023

The storytelling could be much improved, but Susan Stroman’s staging is vibrant, and there’s an incalculable asset: It brings John Kander back.

Sweeney-Todd-DS

Sweeney Todd
A review by David Schultz on April 18, 2023

The bloody Demon Barber of Fleet Street returns in full glory.

Shucked

Shucked
A review by Julia Polinsky on April 18, 2023

Ready for some corny jokes, painful puns, singable songs, utterly silly fun? Shucked is your show.

Dancin

Bob Fosse’s Dancin’
A review by Julia Polinsky on April 06, 2023

You may never see dancers this good, all in one place, at one time, doing such stunning dancing, again.

Parade

Parade
A review by David Schultz and Julia Polinsky on March 31, 2023

A beautifully done revival of a show that’ll tear your heart out.

A-Beautiful-Noise

A Beautiful Noise
A Review by Julia Polinsky on February 08, 2023

An eye-filling, tuneful, no-surprises jukebox musical about Neil Diamond that the audience will love.

& Juliet

& Juliet
A Review by Deirdre Donovan on January 03, 2023

The new jukebox musical at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre raises the bar on this theatrical form, with a little help from William Shakespeare and Max Martin.

Some-Like-It-Hot

Some Like It Hot
Reviewed by Fern Siegel on December 17, 2022

The musical Some Like It Hot is a sassy production, a smart reimaging of the original film.

Almost-Famous

Kimberly Akimbo
Reviewed by Fern Siegel on November, 20, 2022

Kimberly Akimbo is an off-kilter musical — a young girl growing old before her time. And that’s part of its charm.

1776

1776
By Fern Siegel on October, 15, 2022

A new cast - female, nonbinary and trans - step into history and revisit the founding of America

Into-the-Woods

Into the Woods
by Fern Siegel on July, 18, 2022

Stephen Sondheim’s In The Woods returns to Broadway with an all-star cast.

Funny_Girl

Funny Girl
by Fern Siegel on May, 24, 2022

Funny Girl is back on Broadway – revived after almost 60-years. Welcome home, Fanny! It remains, in whatever incarnation, tough, touching and uniquely American

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MJ
by Deirdre Donovan on February, 18, 2022

The new dance musical on the King of Pop is raising the roof nightly at the Neil Simon Theater with a show-stopping performance by Myles Frost.

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

An outrageously overstuffed feast of spectacle and song.

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.

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.

Broadway - Plays

The Shark is Broken

The Shark is Broken
Reviewed By Fern Siegel on August 15, 2023

Three Jaws stars navigate rough personal waters.

The-Cottage

The Cottage
Reviewed By Fern Siegel on August 08, 2023

The Cottage is a sexual madcap romp among upper-class Brits in 1923.

Life-of-Pi

Grey House
Reviewed By David Schultz on June 20, 2023

Hokum and Horror mix uneasily in this eerie play.

Life-of-Pi

Life of Pi
Reviewed by David Schultz on June 01, 2023

Gorgeous, imaginative puppetry springs to vivid life in this beautiful, mysterious story.

Fat-Ham

Summer, 1976
Reviewed by Fern Siegel on May 23, 2023

The show is a memory play. Two women reflect on their friendship one fateful summer.

Fat-Ham

Fat Ham
Reviewed by Deirdre Donovan on May 02, 2023

James Ijames’ spicy reimagining of Shakespeare’s Hamlet explores Black masculinity, queerness, and more.

Prima-Facie

Prima Facie
Reviewed by Julia Polinsky on May 02, 2023

In the disturbing *Prima Facie,*Jodie Comer’s outstanding, astonishing performance is everything.

Goodnight-Oscar

Good Night, Oscar
Reviewed by Fern Siegel on May 02, 2023

The great wit, Oscar Levant, is on display in Goodnight, Oscar. So is his torment.

Peter-Pan-Wrong

Peter Pan Goes Wrong
Reviewed by Fern Siegel on April 23, 2023

In Peter Pan Goes Wrong, now on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theater, an agile cast and wacky style make comedy look effortless.

A-Dolls-House

A Doll’s House
Reviewed by Deirdre Donovan on March 31, 2023

Ibsen’s 1879 masterpiece gets revisited, with an amazing performance by Jessica Chastain as the iconic Nora.

Between-Riverside-and-Crazy

Between Riverside and Crazy
Reviewed by David Schultz on February 08, 2023

Author Stephen Adly Guirgis brings to exquisite life his society of grifters in this Pulitzer Prize winning play. Welcome to Broadway after a long journey!

Collaboration

The Collaboration
Reviewed by Julia Polinsky on January 23, 2023

Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat discover that an unexpected friendship can change your life. Art does the same.

Ohio State Murders

Ohio State Murders
A review by Julia Polinsky on December 20, 2022

Audra McDonald gives a wrenching, sublime performance in Ohio State Murders. Don’t miss it.

Topdog Underdog

Topdog/Underdog
A review by Julia Polinsky on November 15, 2022

Lean in. Watch close. Knockout performances in Topdog/Underdog will scour your soul as you look for the con.

Leopoldstadt

Leopoldstadt
A review by Julia Polinsky on October 20, 2022

In Leopoldstadt, Tom Stoppard blends cleverness and language, story and heartache, history and family, time and identity, It’s a hugely enjoyable, deeply affecting night of theater, not to be missed.

Death-of-a-Salesman

Death of a Salesman
A review by Julia Polinsky on October 19, 2022
Photo by Joan Marcus


The best Death of a Salesman ever. Not to be missed.

Cost-of-Living

Cost of Living
A review by Julia Polinsky on October 19, 2022
Photo by Joan Marcus


In Martyna Majok’s Cost of Living, the superb cast is so shatteringly good, they’ll wring out all your emotions, and leave you aching to stay for the bows.

Six
by Fern Siegel on October, 13, 2021

The pop reality show Six gives the wives of Henry VIII a royal sendoff.

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

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Days of Wine and Roses
Reviewed by David Schultz on July 12, 2023

A heartbreaking and harrowing bold new musical.

Dear-World

Rock and Roll Man
Reviewed by Cammy Paglia on July 10, 2023

Rock and Roll Man chronicles the tragic life of DJ, Alan Freed- defining the legacy of a brilliant, yet persecuted impresario.

Dear-World

Light in the Piazza
Reviewed By Deirdre Donovan on July 10, 2023

The Encores! series revisits Adam Guettel's 2005 musical with an Asian-American lens.

Dear-World

Dear World
A review by David Schultz on April 06, 2023

A delightful 5-day revival of Jerry Herman’s rarely heard musical springs to life.

A Man of No Importance

A Man of No Importance
A review by Fern Siegel on November 13, 2022

The 2002 musical about a closeted Irish bus driver explores art and repression.

Between-The-Lines

Between The Lines
A Review by Julia Polinsky on August 28, 2022

An utterly charming new musical about an oddball teenage girl, and what happens as she falls between the lines of her favorite fairy tale book.

The-Butcher-Boy

The Butcher Boy
A Review by Fern Siegel on August 14, 2022

Dark, absurdist theater meets childhood trauma in the Irish Rep’s The Butcher Boy.

Anyone-Can-Whistle

Anyone Can Whistle
by David Schultz on March 28, 2022

Rare one night revival sets off sparks of adulation.

Off-Broadway - Plays

Dig

Dig
Reviewed by Julia Polinsky on September 21, 2023

A beautifully performed, beautifully written show about truth, honesty, redemption, love, and photosynthesis.

Flex

Flex
Reviewed by Julia Polinsky on August 06, 2023

Fast-moving girl’s basketball, with a story full of heartbreak and heart.

Hamlet

Hamlet
Reviewed by Deirdre Donovan on August 09, 2023

The actors shine in Ken Leon’s new production of Shakespeare’s iconic tragedy at the Delacorte Theater.

The-Doctor

The Doctor
Reviewed by Deirdre Donovan on July 31, 2023

Robert Icke returns to the Park Avenue Armory with a play that takes a deep dive into identity.

The Saviour

The Saviour
Reviewed by Julia Polinsky on July 24, 2023

Who saves whom? And from what?

The Comeuppance

The Comeuppance
Reviewed by Deirdre Donovan on July 10, 2023

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ new play at the Signature Theatre offers a lot of wisdom to everybody who’s reconnecting after the pandemic.

Without-You

Anthony Rapp’s Without You
A review by Cammy Paglia on April 20, 2023

Anthony Rapp’s heartbreaking, uplifting, exuberant one-man show will stay with you for some time.

Regretful-Birds

Regretfully, So The Birds Are
Reviewed by Julia Polinsky on April 18, 2023

Julia Izumi’s daft, delightful, dizzyingly different Regretfully, So the Birds Are turns cliches on their heads while poking hilarious fun at them.

Arden-of-Faversham

Arden of Faversham
Reviewed by Lydia Keidel on March 23, 2023

A bloody, darkly comic Elizabethan drama that feels like an episode of 20/20.

Cat-on-a-Hot-Tin-Roof

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Reviewed by Cammy Paglia on March 23, 2023

Ruth Stage’s transfixing production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof makes it a pleasure to be held captive by a sensational rendering.

Letters-From-Max

Letters From Max: A Ritual
Reviewed by Julia Polinsky on March 09, 2023

Even with engaging performances, interesting design, and great beauty, Letters From Max somehow never quite catches at the heart.

Wanderers

The Wanderers
A review by David Schultz and Julia Polinsky on February 27, 2023

The Wanderers works too hard, and the reward isn’t really worth the effort.

Endgame

Endgame
A review by Deirdre Donovan on February 21, 2023

At the Irish Rep, Ciáran O’Reilly sensitively directs Samuel Beckett’s masterpiece about aging with a first-rate cast.

The-Far-Country

The Far Country
A review by Fern Siegel on December 16, 2022

Lloyd Suh's The Far Country explores the human cost of the Chinese Exclusion Act.

The-Rat-Trap

The Rat Trap
A review by Marc Miller on November 21, 2022

Noel Coward’s first real play, in an uneven production at the Mint, isn’t neat or consistent or typical of his output, but my, it’s interesting.

Burn

Burn
A review by Deirdre Donovan on September 26, 2022

Alan Cumming is more raconteur than dancer in his new hybrid show at the Joyce Theater.

This-Beautiful-Future

This Beautiful Future
A review by Marc Miller on September 23, 2022

Rita Kalnejais’s wisp of a World War II romance is done in by ahistorical language, needless padding, and a rather disappointing twosome at the center.

Oresteia

Oresteia
A review by Deirdre Donovan on August 01, 2022

Robert Ickes up-date of Aeschylus’ tragic trilogy is well worth a trip to the Park Avenue Armory.

Epiphany

Epiphany
A review by Fern Siegel on July 13, 2022

A dinner party turns into a chance at revelation.

The-Orchard

The Orchard
A review by Deirdre Donovan on June 22, 2022

Ukrainian born theater artist Igor Golyak retools Chekhov’s Cherry Orchard with robots on board.

Solo Performance

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Colin Quinn: Small Talk
Reviewed by Fern Siegel on January 23, 2023

Colin Quinn delivers his latest critique on the fall of man.

The-Fall

The Fall
A review by Cammy Paglia on October 18, 2022

While The Fall by Albert Camus is not a play for everyone, it is however, a testament to Ronald Guttman's ability to keep an audience engaged in a formidable intellectual exercise of great merit

The-Patsy

The Patsy
A review by Deirdre Donovan on April 22, 2022

The ever-amazing David Greenspan resurrects a forgotten 1925 comedy, performing it as a one-man show in the Transport Group’s production at the Abrons Arts Center.

FEATURES

ATCA New York City 2022 Reseated & In Person Conference
By Deirdre Donovan on December 05, 2022

Hats off to the richly rewarding American Theatre Critics Association’s (ATCA) 2022 Reseated & In Person conference.

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

Broadway-by-the-Season

Broadway by the Season
Reviewed by Deirdre Donovan on August 22, 2023

A dream of an evening for musical theater lovers, listening to songs from shows that soared and those that flopped.

Bob Dylan's Philosophy of Modern Song at the 92nd Street Y

Bob Dylan's Philosophy of Modern Song at The 92nd Street Y, New York
Reviewed by Deirdre Donovan on July 26, 2023

André De Shields, Odessa Young, and Meshell Ndegeocello celebrate Bob Dylan's genius and his perspective on modern song at the 92nd Street Y.

Whats-Going-On-Songs-Of-Change

What’s Going On?: Songs of Change
Reviewed by Deirdre Donovan on March 31, 2023

The 92nd Street Y’s Lyrics & Lyricists series pays tribute to the African-American Songbook.

Garden-of-the-Finzi-Continis

Anyone Can Whistle
by David Schultz on March 28, 2022

Rare one night revival sets off sparks of adulation.

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?

Dance

Twyla Now

Twyla Now
By Deirdre Donovan on November 23, 2021

Twyla Tharp is still going strong at 80—and her four-part show at New York City Center proves that an expansive attitude trumps advancing age

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.

Regionals

Bridges-of-Madison-County-DS

The Bridges of Madison County
By David Schultz on August 25, 2023

Gorgeous revival makes a case for the romantic in all of us.

The_Misanthrope

The Misanthrope
By Deirdre Donovan on May 24, 2022

Celebrating the 400th anniversary of Molière’s birth, Molière in the Park presents the playwright’s supreme masterpiece, starring Tony winner Gabriel Ebert. will forever remember this revamped Misanthrope that breezed into the LeFrak Center in mid-May—and left all too soon


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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
Pedi Cabs, Port o Potties & Puddles

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:
DERBY HATS GRACE THE RACE

Carol Thomas, citizen of Kismet

a “tough cookie”
the end came with surprising and merciful swiftness
A shock to us all
R I P

Study says going to the beach is good for your mental well-being
By POSITIVE OUTLOOKS on April 25, 2019

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.

Kismet Halloween, '18
A hallowed Halloween tradition hampered by a storm
Pix by Wendy on November 21, 2018

Kismet Community Association Fall Meeting
September 30 '18
By Jeannie Lieberman on October 09, 2018

On a beautiful Fall morning many Kismet citizens demonstrated their loyalty by convening in the Firehouse for the semi annual Fall homeowners' meeting.

53rd Miss Fire Island Pageant
A truly eclectic, extravagant, elegant event!
By Jeannie Lieberman on September 17, 2018

Remembering Joel
December 19, 1944 - September 8, 2012

Taste of Kismet ‘18
Pix by Bradlee & Wendy on September 12, 2018

Merry Musicmakers Keep Kismet Kickin'
By Jeannie on September 07, 2018

Drag Queens Conquer the Out
Titillating Trio returns for most $successful $how ever

By Jeannie on August 24, 2018

East Lighthouse Annual Luau Moves Indoors
By Ginny Butler on August 24, 2018

Judy Gold's Smashing Grove Debut!
By Jeanne Lieberman on August 23, 2018

The packed Community House rocked with laughter

A New Tick Is Here'but just how dangerous is it?
USA TODAY NETWORK Jim Hook, Scott Fallon, Nick Muscavage and Joseph Spector, USA TODAY NETWORK Published on August 07, 2018

Health officials sound alarm as invasive tick, new to US, spreads

Pine Walk Block Party-Saturday, July 28th
Text and pictures by Wendy Schou post, on August 02, 2018

Pine Walk did it up!

KISMET COMMUNITY DAY A HUGE $UCCE$$
by Jeannie on July 26, 2018

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

All About the Monarchs

by Jeanne Lieberman
By Joshua Jelly-Schapito
by Trish Minogue Collins on October 11,2017

CYNTHIA NIXON at CLUB CUMMING, CHERRY GROVE
Introduced by Alan Cumming at the Community House July 8
by Jeannie on July 12, 2018

'We are now the most unequal state in the entire country, with both incredible wealth and extreme poverty'

THE 43RD ANNUAL CHERRY GROVE/PINES INVASION

by Jeannie on July 12, 2018

MOONEY MADNESS AT THE INN

by Jeannie on July 12, 2018

THE WOMEN OF CLUB CUMMING:
A PUNGENT POTPOURRI OF PERFORMERS

HOSTED BY ALAN CUMMING
by Jeannie on July 12, 2018

KISMET's JULY 4 PARADE '18

by Jeannie on July 10, 2018

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

KISMET KOMEDY KLUB a KNOCKOUT SUCCESS A FIREHOUSE FULL OF SURPRISES.



by Jeannie on June 29, 2018

PAWS PAUSE for a CAUSE



by Jeannie on June 22, 2018

A MOVING TRIBUTE TO PAIGE KEELY

'She was truly a child of Fire Island'

by Jeannie on June 21, 2018

AMY'S AUCTION ROCKS THE OUT

The KCA returned to its time honored fundraising tradition.

by Jeannie on June 21, 2018

Kismet's Annual KLAW Auction & Flea market

proved some 'fleas' are good

by Jeannie on June 21, 2018

Annual Spring KCA (Kismet Community Association) Meeting

by Jeannie on June 06, 2018

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

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

New Jersey Governor signs bill preventing Offshore Drilling
Cuomo lags behind


by Reuters Staff on April 25, 2018

Remains of old Tappan Zee Bridge will be made into reef


by Shari Logan & Max Jaeger on April 19, 2018

Kismet Halloween17


by Jeanne Lieberman on March 07, 2018

Kismet Kandids - A look back Summer 17

by Jeanne Lieberman on March 07, 2018

Fed plan to drill for oil off LI draws bipartisan protest

Posted on March 03, 2018

MOONEY'S MAGIC AGAIN MANUFACTURES MIDWEEK MUSICAL MERRIMENT AT THE INN

Posted on February 08, 2018

CARTOON ALLEY END OF SEASON
BLACK & WHITE PARTY


Posted on February 08, 2018

Memorial for Kismet's "Mayor" Brian Crawford



Memorial for Fred "Dutch" Rosenberg




 

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