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The 25 Annual Cabaret Convention at The Rose Theater
By Linda Amiel Burns on Oct. 27

The Mabel Mercer Foundation showcased singers, musicians, and composers for four glorious nights.

39 Steps
by Dorothy Marcic on Apr. 21

A fun and satirical portrayal of spy movies and film noir.

92nd Y TALKS Sept 14, 2014
Andrea Martin in Conversation with Nathan Lane

by Linda Amiel Burns on Sept. 14
The 92ndY launched its new season of TALKS with 2 Tony winners in conversation – Nathan Lane interviewing Andrea Martin about her new book, “Lady Parts.”

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

92nd Street Y – Lyrics & Lyricists
New York: Songs of the City

By Linda Amiel Burns on Apr. 6

The production caught the mood, frustrations and love that we all have for our city.

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.

1984
By Ron Cohen on July. 28, 2017
George Orwell’s seminal novel makes for blistering stage fare, a cautionary political tale with more than a touch of Grand Guignol.

Abe Abraham
by R. Pikser on August. 7
A tightly controlled view of Hell – or trying to escape from one’s own Hell.

Ace
By Ron Cohen on October 25, 2017

A busy day in a New York taxi covers a lot of territory, from Elizabethan poetry to Wall Street chicanery. Take a ride.

Act One
by Deirdre Donovan on May. 1
James Lapine brings Moss Hart’s classic autobiography alive on Lincoln Center Theater’s stage. Of all Broadway's productions this season, Act One most deepens that tinsel-tinged adjective theatrical.

An Act Of God
by Michall Jeffers on June. 5

What a blessing to have Jim Parsons back on Broadway .

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

Lynn Ahrens : A Lyrical Life
by Deirdre Donovan on May 23, 2018

Lynn Ahrens brought an exciting mix of chutzpah and charm to the 92nd Street Y's Lyrics & Lyricists series.

Ain’t Misbehavin’
The Fats Waller Musical Show

by Julia Polinsky on February 14, 2019

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

“All Dancing! All Singing! Irving Berlin In Hollywood” at the 92nd St Y’s Lyrics & Lyricist Series
By Linda Amiel Burns on May. 7

Choreographer Randy Skinner focused on the dance and silver screen numbers with a dynamic cast.

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

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

Allegiance
by Julia Polinsky on Nov. 23

Takes a dark tale about a difficult time in US history, and makes it about family, as well as patriotism, nationalism, loyalty.

All The Way
by Eugene Paul on Apr. 21
A major performance among performances in a major play is one of the highlights of an extraordinary theatrical season.

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.

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.

Airline Highway
by Russell Bouthiller on May. 5

Directed by Tony-winner Joe Montello, Lisa D'Amour’s play offers a cast of motley colored characters who take a look at life from the wrong side of the street.

The American Classical Orchestra: Prague, Golden City of Music
by Deirdre Donovan on June. 18
The fabled city of Prague comes alive with the sound of four great classical composers.

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.

Aladdin
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.

All My Sons
        by Fern Siegel on April 29, 2019

a powerhouse of moral indignation in a post-war era struggling with trauma and guilt.

Amaluna
by Eugene Paul on Mar. 31
Cirque du Soleil’s newest of their many shows, thrilling, eye-popping, exciting, perhaps their most beautiful ever.

Amazing Grace
by Eugene Paul on July. 30

Handsome, splendidly produced musical biography of the man who wrote those magical words.

The American Classical Orchestra: The Ninth Symphony (Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125)

By Deirdre Donovan on Apr. 20, 2017
This period presentation offered authenticity that harkened back to its first performance, Vienna, 1824.

American Psycho, The Musical
by David Schultz On May.9

Bret Easton Ellis’s controversial 1991 novel transforms into a sanguine musical, as it two steps onto a Broadway stage with mixed results.

American Son
By Eugene Paul on November 12, 2018

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

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.

AND THE NOMINEES ARE…………
by Jeannie Lieberman on May. 1

TIME TO GET SERIOUS AS THEATER ORGANIZATIONS SUMMON THEIR VOTERS TO DECIDE THE WINNERS OF THIS VERY VARIED AND WONDERFUL THEATER SEASON:TONY AWARDS NOMINEES, DRAMA DESK, DRAMA LEAGUE, OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE, WITH NO OBVIOUS FRONTRUNNERS THE RACE IS WIDE OPEN.

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

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

Angels in America
By Eugene Paul on April 06, 2018

A masterwork, masterfully performed and presented, a true theatrical event.

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.

ANNIE
by Ed Lieberman on August. 03, 2017

Bring the family to see the perfect summer entertainment for adults and (as they used to say at the circus) children of all ages!

Annie Get Your Gun
by Ed Lieberman on October, 25, 2017

WBT once aqain proves There's No Business Like Show Business.

Antigone
by R. Pikser On May. 24 2017

Paul Goodwin Groen’s Creon reminds us that excellence in performance transcends everything.

Antigone
by Deirdre Donovan on Oct. 5

Sophokles classic tragedy, helmed by Ivo van Hove and starring Juliette Binoche, is a hot ticket at BAM.

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?

Anything Goes
by Ed Lieberman on May. 21


An outstanding cast, precision tap dancing, gorgeous costumes, innovative staging... in short, everything one would want in a musical.

April is a GREAT Month for Disabled Actors in NYC.

By Nicholas Linnehan on Apr. 27

Three main theater companies worked with this under-represented group.

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.

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

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

Anything Goes
By Julia Polinsky On March 06, 2018

Mistaken identities, disguises, disappointments, and blackmail, sprinkled with splendid songs and terrific dance. Absurdly charming and delightful.

Apologia

By Deirdre Donovan on November 05, 2018

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

Application Pending

By Deirdre Donovan on Mar. 24
Christina Bianco impersonates 40 personas in the behind-the-scenes world of kindergarten admissions at a fictive private Manhattan school.

ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES
by Eugene Paul on June. 5
A wonderful ensemble enables the astonishing Sir Alan Ayckbourn to continue to astonish and delight us with his newest works.

As You Like It
by Ron Cohen On September 29, 2017

The story's a little muddy, but director John Doyle and company still fill this trip to Shakespeare's Forest of Arden with lots of happy sightseeing.

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.

Aubergine
By Michall Jeffers on Sept. 20, 2016

Food, family, and frustration are the ties that bind us.

The Audience
by Eugene Paul on Mar. 17

Helen Mirren is in residence on Broadway as the Queen. It behooves you to make haste to be in her presence.

The Awful Truth
by Marc Miller on Sept. 29

Arthur Richman’s 1922 stage success barely resembles its famous 1937 screen adaptation, but it’s graceful drawing room comedy.

Awake And Sing!
by Eugene Paul on July. 21

In their “acclaimed” production, NAATCO, underscores the universality in the continuing vitality of Awake and Sing!

THE AWARD GOES TO:
The Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, Theater World and the Obies announce their winners!
by Jeannie Lieberman on May. 22
Drama Desk and Tonys to come………………

Babette's Feast
By Ron Cohen On March 23, 2018

An artful banquet of story-theater techniques brings Isak Dinesen's story to life again in somewhat tempered fashion.

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

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

Backwards in High Heels
by Eugene Paul on Aug. 26


Wonderful songs, wonderful dancing, a great summer time evening out.

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.

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

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

The Band's Visit
By Eugene Paul on November 17, 2017
Shining new star Katrina Lenk and shining stellar Tony Shalhoub head a brilliant cast in a brilliant, loving new show.

Bandstand
by Eugene Paul On May. 03 2017

Funny, exciting, moving, realistic yet poetic, with show stopping songs. And chemistry? You gotta go.

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.

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.

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

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

Because of Winn-Dixie
by David Schultz on Apr. 27


This sweet, tender tale of a girl and her dog is perfect fodder for the young and young at heart.

Beetlejuice
by David Schultz on May, 03, 2019

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

Bella: An American Tall Tale
By Julia Polinsky On June 14, 2017

Even with terrific songs and magnificent performances, a charming, entertaining mess.

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.

The Belle of Amherst

By Deirdre Donovan on Nov. 24
Joely Richardson brings 19th Century poet Emily Dickinson alive in her one-woman performance at the West End Theatre.

BenDeLaCreme's Inferno A-Go-Go

By Edward Medina on June 04, 2018
Hell is the destination for this spectacularly divine comedy.

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.

SANDRA BERNHARD- #BLESSED
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.

Bernhardt/Hamlet
By Ron Cohen on October 01, 2018

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

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

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

The Bikinis
by Ed Lieberman on Feb. 20, 2017

Jukebox musical an antidote for winter.

Billy & Ray
By Michall Jeffers on Nov. 17

How the renowned writer/director Billy Wilder teamed up with novelist Raymond Chandler to create what became a movie classic.

“BLACK STARS OF THE GREAT WHITE WAY”
AT CARNEGIE HALL JUNE 23, 2014 8 PM
by Jeanne Lieberman on June. 18
In the wake of his appearance in Phantom, Norm Lewis and co producer Chapman Roberts have created an evening saluting some of the greatest musical heroes in history.

Blackbird
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.

On Blueberry Hill
        by Ron Cohen on January 24, 2019

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

Blue Ridge
        by Ron Cohen on January 15, 2019

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

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

Breaking Glass Project: Claudia Schreier & Company
By R. Pikser on Aug. 13

Ms. Schreier is clearly talented and her intellect is impressive.

The Bridges Of Madison County
by Jeannie Lieberman on Mar. 28
Jason Robert Brown’s lush score is soaringly romantic, the coupling of Steven Pasquale and Kelli O’Hara, pure theater magic.

Bright Star
by Deirdre Donovan On May.4

Thanks to Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, there’s a sparkling new musical in the theatrical firmament.

Broadway Up Close Walking Tours
by Deirdre Donovan on May. 30
Actor Tim Dolan invites everybody to get up close to Broadway and learn its history and lore on foot.

Bobby McFerrin: Bobby Meets African in New York.
By R. Pikser on Nov. 10

Everything this extraordinary musician and improviser comes into contact with, he turns into music.

The Boys From Syracuse
By Eugene Paul On February 20, 2018

An absolutely loony, laugh filled drag version of that old classic which never did make much sense, but those songs!

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.

Broadway By The Year: 1991 to the present day
by Deirdre Donovan on July. 2

Scott Siegel wraps up his signature concert series with top-notch talent and contemporary Broadway tunes at Town Hall.

Broadway by the Year: 2007 - 2017

By Deirdre Donovan on July 11, 2017
Scott Siegel returned to Town Hall hosting a next-to-perfect evening of Broadway songs performed by some of Broadway's Big Names.

Broadway’s Rising Stars

By Linda Amiel Burns on July. 17
photos by Maryann Lopinto


Scott Siegel’s Broadway Rising Stars 9th Edition at Town Hall featured 19 “Stars of Tomorrow” showcasing their performing talents.

Broadway Unplugged

By Deirdre Donovan on July. 31


Scott Siegel’s show at Town Hall was a sizzler to remember.

Bronx Bombers
by Eugene Paul on Feb. 26
In this love letter to the Yankees, you will encounter Yankee greats from Babe Ruth to Derek Jeter in their prime.

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.

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

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

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

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

Bullets Over Broadway
by Eugene Paul on Apr. 21
Susan Stroman's razz ma tazz romp through Woody Allen's hilarious take-off on putting on a Broadway show is a great big splashy old fashioned musical.

Building the Wall
by Ron Cohen On May. 26 2017

Trump’s anti-immigration policies get a really dark and angered response from a prize-winning playwright.

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 .

Buried Child
by Michall Jeffers on Mar. 27

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

Burn This
        by Ron Cohen on April 19, 2019

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

Butler
By Eugene Paul on Aug. 23, 2016

Inspired by a controversial Civil War General,solidly entertaining, an amusing, challenging enlightenment, right out of the back pages of our history.

Bye Bye Birdie
by Ed Lieberman on Aug. 18, 2016

A delightful diversion from today's news.

Cabaret
by Laura Jo Trexler on May. 8
Though The Newest Revival Is Far From Original Or New, Kander And Ebb’s Cabaret Still Compares To Few.

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.

Julius Caesar
by Arney Rosenblat On June 14 2017

A cautionary contemporary parable for a troubled political age that dramatically illustrates how fragile democracy is.

Cagney
by John Ruesch on June. 5

This show is bursting at the seams with talent and irresistible spirit which begs for a larger space. See it now before it gets even more successful.

The Cake
        by Rin Cohen on March 11, 2019

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

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

City Center celebrates its 75th Anniversary Season.

Cambuyon
by R. Pikser on Feb. 16

An hour’s worth of energy can be enough to keep us going for a week, at least.

Career Transition for Dancers Benefit
30th Anniversary Pearl Jubilee at City Center

By Linda Amiel Burns on Oct. 1

The sole arts-service organization in the US that’s dedicated to helping dancers into their post-performing years presented an exhilirating evening of diverse dance styles.

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

Casa Valentina
By Michall Jeffers on May. 1
Do clothes make the man? Cross-dressing in the Catskills was both liberating and dangerous; a gifted ensemble makes the trip worthwhile.

Cats
by Michall Jeffers On Sept. 22, 2016

all in all, the show remains the same, cloying to some, purrrfect to others.

Cedars
by R. Pikser on Jan. 27

These indigenous writers have much to tell us, not only about themselves, but about ourselves.

Chairs And A Long Table
By Eugene Paul on Nov. 16

In planning for a panel, a group of actors demonstrate by example that Asian actors play Asians best.

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.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
by Eugene Paul On May. 09 2017

The Candy Man in the person of Christian Borle illuminates the theatre whenever he’s on stage with his assorted wonders.

Charolais
by Marc Miller On September 11, 2017

A man. A woman. A cow. Count the possibilities.

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.

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

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

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!

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

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

Intrigues, exquisitely unfolded by superb performers.

Children of a Lesser God
By Ron Cohen on April 12, 2018
Inspired casting lends Mark Medoff's extraordinarily sensitive play even greater meaning.

CHINA DOLL
by Eugene Paul on Jan. 31

As measured by the money meter, a palpable hit.

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.

Choir Boy
        by Ron Cohen on January 18, 2019

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

A Chorus Line
by Julia Polinsky on November 20, 2018

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

The Christians
by Michall Jeffers on Sept. 22

The Christians makes us ponder; is my way the best way, or the only way?

Christmas Inn
by Ed Lieberman on Dec. 19, 2016

A pleasant Holiday diversion, complete with repast!

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

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

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

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

Cirque de Soleil, Kurios

By Nicholas Linnehan on Oct. 06,2016

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

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.

A Chorus Line
by Ed Lieberman on February, 20, 2018

The ode to those unsung actors without whom no musical could survive: the gypsies.

Churchill
by Dorothy Marcic on Feb. 18

A play brightened by the performance of its writer Ronald Keaton, who confidently inhabits the spirit of the leader who stood alone against the Nazis during the early years of WWII replete with his vibrant oratory.

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.

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

One of the best of the Cirque du Soleil offerings.

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

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

The City Of Conversation
by Michall Jeffers on May. 22
Jan Maxwell in the riveting Hostess with the Mostest in Georgetown where the Capitol Hill elite chit chat over drinks, and where outsiders aren’t welcome

Harry Clarke

By Fern Siegel on April 17, 2018
Billy Crudup does double duty in a story of fractured identity.

A Class Act
A play to make you think, deals with devastating problems that we are all facing

By R. Pikser on Aug. 31

Clever Little Lies
by David Schultz on Oct. 17

1960’s era sitcom style play gets a run through in Joe DiPietro’s latest comedy of sex, love and secrets.

A Clockwork Orange
by Edward Medina On October 10, 2017

A lot of beef. Not much cake.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Conflict
by Marc Miller on June 28, 2018

Miles Malleson's political romance, while on the talky side, gets an expert and thoughtful going-over at the Mint.

Confusions
By Eugene Paul on June. 22

Alan Ayckbourn, extraordinary man of the theater, does it again and again. His company of actors is marvelous.

Conversations with Coward

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

Cool Hand Luke
by Russell Bouthiller on May. 18

Godlight Theatre's adaptation of the novel offers a gritty atmosphere, sound performances and a hard story to tell.

The Cost of Living
by Deirdre Donovan On July 19, 2017

Martyna Majok pushes the artistic envelope with her new play that centers on two physically-disabled persons.

THE COUNTRY HOUSE
By David Schultz on Oct. 30

Chekhov Lite in the Berkshires.

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 Cripple of Inishmaan
By: Eric Grunin on May. 1
McDonagh's Cripple of Inshmaan is an Irish comedy with more than a touch of the tragic...or is it the other way around? He does a brilliant job of navigating between the two. Radcliffe displays an extraordinarily radiant, desperate passion for simply being onstage.

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 Crusade of Connor Stephens
by Deirdre Donovan On July 21, 2017

Texan playwright Dewey Moss brings his melodrama about gun violence to Off Broadway but it has nothing particularly new to say on the topic.

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.

Curvy Widow
By Julia Polinsky On August 22, 2017

If you’re looking for something lighthearted and different join this merry widow’s search to reclaim her life in an enjoyable, sweetly sexual musical.

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.”

Cymbeline
by Michall Jeffers on Aug. 12

Thank heaven we get to spend the evening under the stars with a superbly professional company

Cyprus Avenue
by Fern Siegel on July 11, 2018

"I will not consent to my own destruction," Eric insists. His answer will haunt audiences and ideologues alike.

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.

Daphne’s Dive
by Ron Cohen on May. 31

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes stocks a neighborhood bar in North Philadelphia with an assortment of compellingly alive people.

Danny and the Deep Blue Sea
by Julia Polinsky on Sept. 29

In this production at the Theater for the New City, love may or may not conquer all. It's hard to tell.

A Day by the Sea
By Ron Cohen on Aug. 26, 2016

This revival of a 1953 play by the long-ignored English playwright N.C. Hunter is an uneven but worthwhile affair.

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.

“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

Daddy Long Legs
by Michall Jeffers on Oct. 7

A beautiful duet for two talented performers

Dames at Sea
by Marc Miller on Nov. 4

The expert spoof of Busby Berkeley musicals fits snugly on the Helen Hayes stage, as tap-happy and merry as ever.

Dan Cody's Yacht
by Ron Cohen on June 14, 2018

Both the haves and the have-nots get their knocks in Anthony Giardina's Dan Cody's Yacht, a relentless examination of the crossroads of education and affluence.

Dance Nation
by Julia Polinsky on May 30, 2018

Clare Barron lets gender politics overwhelm taste and good sense revealing that 13-year-old girls can be raging, bloody monsters.

The Dancing Fox: Wisdom Tales of the Middle East
By R. Pikser on Sept. 18
Chosen from both Arab and Jewish traditions, these tales illustrate how people behave and about how they might behave better.

Dancing Monk Ippen
By R. Pikser on August. 28
An energetic and disciplined young company in a tale from the annals of Buddhism represents Japan at the New York Fringe

The Bobby Darin Story

By Deirdre Donovan on February 06, 2018
Dazzling homage to the artist launches the popular "Lyrics & Lyricists" 18th series at the 92nd Street Y.

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.

De Novo
by Deirdre Donovan On December 14, 2017

True story of a Guatemalan teen in the immigration courts in the United States.

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

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

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.

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

Dear Evan Hansen
by Rachel Goddard On May. 16

Pasek and Paul’s latest musical follows an accidental high school hero as he traverses the messy road to self-acceptance.

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

on Apr. 27

Death Of A Salesman
by Eugene Paul on Oct. 23

Arthur Miller’s masterpiece becomes even more telling in Yiddish in this worthy successor to other fine productions.

A Delicate Balance
by David Schultz on Jan. 27

Darkly humorous classic Albee revival, strangely muted and defanged, hits the boards again in a languorous production.

Devil of Choice
by Edward Medina on June 01, 2018

A superbly acted dark sensual play that skillfully delivers the three sides of a romantic triangle.

Dinner With The Boys
by Nicholas Linnehan on May. 5

What happens when The Sopranos meet The Odd Couple? It's anyone's guess.

Diaspora
by Arney Rosenblatt On November 22, 2017

"You are Jewish. But we are Israeli."

Disaster
by Michall Jeffers On Mar.20

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

DISGRACED
By Eugene Paul on Nov. 12

The hatreds inculcated in childhood poison our present days. The most challenging play in years

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.

Doctor Faustus
by Deirdre Donovan on June. 23

Christopher Marlowe’s warhorse at the Classic Stage Company gets new legs and a comic bite.

Doctor Zhivago
by Eugene Paul on Apr. 21

A huge, sprawling, beautifully appointed production, with two new stars, Tam Mutu and Kelli Barrett, radiant.

Don Juan
by Deirdre Donovan on June. 2

Moliere’s play about the legendary lover plays well with Justin Adams as the nominal character.

Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope
Encores! Off Center

by Julia Polinsky on July 31, 2018

A Double-bill of Mario Fratti’s One-acters: Wives and The Academy
by Deirdre Donovan on Oct. 14

Both plays explore the battle of the sexes, and, though set in different time periods, illustrate that women and men are seldom at peace with each other.

A Doll’s House, Part 2
By Ron Cohen on May. 12, 2017
Nora comes back! Let the talk – entertaining, provocative and stimulating – begin!

Don't Feed The Indians
by Edward Medina On November 17, 2017

A twisted variety show with an in-your-face moral message that's meant to amuse, but make one squirm in the process.

Downstairs
By Fern Siegel on December 05, 2018

The basement hides all sorts of family secrets.

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.

Dutchman
by Eugene Paul on Mar. 4

The Latest Revival Of The Obie Award Winning Play That Made Amiri Baraka A Household Name.

Eclipsed
by Ron Cohen on Mar. 16

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

Editor's Notes:

By Jeanne Lieberman on May 14, 2019

And the winners are............
Outer Critics Circle announces it awards
and hopefully sets the tone for future ceremonies


Editor's Notes: AND THE RACE IS ON!!!

By Jeanne Lieberman on May 01, 2019

The nominations are:
OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE opens the gate
DRAMA DESK another early break ………
And the much revered TONYS take the lead


Editors Notes: New Season Fall '18
Women prevail

By Jeanne Lieberman on September 24, 2018

Move over, Eliza! Miss Vivian is here to herald a season in which women are liberally featured.
By some wonderful coincidence two major British actresses are taking over two major Shakespearean plays and transforming the male leads of both into female. And the all important prom date is lesbian.
?and there are enough Hollywood celebs to make stargazers salivate.

Editors Notes June 18: THE AWARD SEASON
By Jeanne Lieberman on June 06, 2018

Winners & Wannabes
Drama League, Outer Critics Circle & Drama Desk Winners
Tony Nominations

Race to the Finish

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

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

Editor's notes: BROADWAY'S NEW SEASON
By Jeanne Lieberman on September 29, 2017

Movie Stars, TV Stars, Pop Stars, Comedy Stars will join our Broadway stars to entertain us. Diverse and Exciting

Editor's notes: TONYS 2017
Conquerors and Casualties

By Jeanne Lieberman on June 15, 2017

It was a long night for some, a memorable night for others.

Editor's Notes: And the winners are?
By Jeanne Lieberman on May. 23, 2017

Ah! That exciting time when success or failure;
a future on the road or sudden death is determined.

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

By Jeanne Lieberman on June. 17

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

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

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

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

Editors notes: The Tonys - Shock & Awe

By Jeanne Lieberman on July. 10

And many shows have bit the dust or soon will by failing to win the coveted award.

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

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

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

Editor’s notes: Tony Nominees
Who I think will win
Who I think should win

By Jeanne Lieberman on June. 5

Editor’s Notes: June 16: Tony’s - The Race is On!
By Jeanne Lieberman on June. 09

Editor’s Notes: FALL BACK/SPRING FORWARD
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: POP WRITERS ON BROADWAY
By Jeanne Lieberman on Jan. 30

Basically no matter how big the pop composer, its never a guarantee on Broadway.

Editor's Notes: BROADWAY’S FREAK SHOWS
By Jeanne Lieberman on Dec. 31

In the old days matinee idols and chorus girls ruled.
Now? How do you like your freaks; straight, no frills, but served up by a Hollywood movie star or two unknowns in satin and sequins, eye filling production numbers, and glorious music?
Guess who wins!

Editor's Notes: Tributes to Joan Rivers, Marian Seldes, Geoffrey Holder & Mike Nichols
By Jeanne Lieberman on Dec. 29

BROADWAY DIMMED ITS LIGHTS

Editor's Notes: The New Season ’14-‘15
By Jeanne Lieberman on Sept. 18

Star Power on Broadway
Producers have figured out they can recoup their investments quickly and painlessly by casting Hollywood stars in their shows. Actors can also make a quick bundle (and satisfy their acting chops) in limited runs. The result – a celestial jamboree on Broadway for savvy theatergoers who will make sure to get their tickets often and early!

Editor’s Notes: What happened to the Broadway Musical?
by Jeannie Lieberman on Feb. 15

Editor's Notes: STARS IN THE ALLEY: Broadway Stars Dazzled in Daylight and turned the legendary Shubert Alley into theatrical Heaven on Earth!
By Jeanne Lieberman on May. 22
The huge event reminded us all what a very special thing our theatrical community is. It is to be cherished and nurtured

Editor's Notes: Talkin’ Tony’s
by Jeannie Lieberman on May. 1
Is Neil Patrick Harris the new Hugh Jackman

Editor’s Notes: The Spring Season Midway
by Jeannie Lieberman on Apr. 21
The mid-season March to the Tonys is nothing short of theatrical ecstasy.(so far)

The Effect
by Deirdre Donovan on Mar. 31

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

Einstein!

By Deirdre Donovan on Jan. 12, 2018
Actor-playwright Jack Fry brings back the ghost of a famous theoretical physicist  filled with humor, wit, and humanity.

Einstein!

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

Electronic City
        by R. Pikser on April 29, 2019

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

The Elephant Man
by Michall Jeffers on Dec. 17

Bradley Cooper takes Merrick from a grunting, inarticulate “imbecile” to a man of culture and substance.

Emma and Max

By David Schultz on November 05, 2018

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

Emperor Jones
By Julia Polinsky on Apr. 18, 2017

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

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

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

Encores! Off Center: Assassins
By Deirdre Donovan On June 21, 2017

In Stephen Sondheim’s 1990 vaudeville musical good taste is eschewed and the bad boys and girls of American history get thrust into the spotlight to criticize Uncle Sam

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

THE ENGAYGEMENT- A NEW MUSICAL
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.

Enter At Forest Lawn
By Eugene Paul on July. 24
If you’ve wondered about the frustrations behind those TV shows you see happily going on week after week. Wonder no more.

Escape To Margaritaville
By Eugene Paul on March 19, 2018
A big, bountiful splash of mellow Jimmy Buffett songs and attitude superbly merchandised. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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

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

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

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

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.

Ever After
by David Schultz on June. 17


Charming revisionist take on the Cinderella fairy tale overflows with Broadway talent at the Paper Mill Playhouse.

Every Brilliant Thing

By Dorothy Marcic on Feb. 6
You’ll root for this boy, and then man, who kept his Mum alive for many years, and who finally found his own life, inside himself.

Everybody
By Eugene Paul on Mar. 07, 2017

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

Exquisita Agonía (Exquisite Agony)
by Ron Cohen on June 05, 2018

What is the nature of the human heart? Does it have memory, emotion, conscience? Or is it only the engine of our physical being?

F - J


A FABLE
by Eugene Paul on May. 22
In a handsome, active setting, this large, vigorous cast tackles the largest of themes, Good and Evil and the human condition.

Falsettos
by Eugene Paul On Nov. 15, 2016

Achingly funny, achingly sad, witty, clever, beautiful, nuts, layers and layers of feeling and meaning. Unmissable.

Familiar
by Michall Jeffers on Mar. 7

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

Farcicals
By Eugene Paul on June. 18
In keeping with transAtlantic amity, Brits Off Broadway offers a double portion of an American favorite: British farce.

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 Ferryman
By Eugene Paul on November 14, 2018

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

Fiddler On The Roof (In Yiddish)
By Eugene Paul on May 23, 2019

Full as ever of music, dancing, fun, ,laughter, love and heartbreak, a deeper theatrical delight than you imagined.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

This Flat Earth
By Edward Medina On April 12, 2018

The gun debate arrives center stage and is powerfully delivered from out of the mouths of babes.

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

The Fire Island Dance Festival
Now in its 20th Year
Shatters Fundraising Record with $533,860

by Jeannie Lieberman on July. 24
Produced by and benefiting Dancers Responding to AIDS a program of Broadway Cares/equity Fights AIDS

THE FIRST ANNUAL PINE WALK BLOCK PARTY
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.

Fireflies

By Fern Siegel on October 30, 2018

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

First Daughter Suite
by Michall Jeffers on Nov. 4

A window into the lives of the wives and daughters, a modern opera by turns, contemplative, rollicking, and sensitive.

Fish in the Dark
by David Schultz on Mar. 17

To hell with the fish. I am in the dark that this undercooked wisp of a play ever made it to Broadway.

The Flatiron Hex
By Glenn Giron on May. 21
James Godwin and Tom Burnett created an inventive and outlandish play full of laughs and stunning puppets

“FINDING NEVERLAND” PRODUCER HARVEY WEINSTEIN WINS “RIEDEL CHALLENGE” NEW YORK POST COLUMNIST MICHAEL RIEDEL ADMITS DEFEAT AFTER “FINDING NEVERLAND” EARNS THE LOVE OF 96% OF ITS AUDIENCE

The Folk Singer
By Marc Miller On Oct. 17, 2016

An earnest, well-meaning attempt to make folk music relevant again, done in by substandard folk music.

For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday
by Edward Medina On September 20, 2017

Fool For Love
by David Schultz on Oct. 23

Sam Shepard’s Mythical American West; seedy motel, wounded couple, raw sex, seventy-five minutes of overwrought angst.

Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging
by Michall Jeffers on May. 8
Sometimes the truth hurts; but a talented cast and lots of laughs eases the pain.

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.

Forever

By Deirdre Donovan on May. 14
Dael Orlandersmith returns to the New York Theatre Workshop with her new, gripping, semi-autobiographical show.

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

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

From Camelot to California: The Worlds of Lerner and Loewe
By Deirdre Donovan on June 15, 2017

A fitting tribute to Lerner and Loewe, who continually wove fantasy, myth, and romance into their art.

From Page to Screen to Stage: A Conversation with the Cast and Creative Team of Broadway’s Doctor Zhivago (92Y Talks)
By Deirdre Donovan on May. 7

The creative team and actors from Doctor Zhivago, reveal how the musical evolved from page to screen to stage.

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.

Fucking A
by Ron Cohen On September 19, 2017

Suzan-Lori Parks' storytelling is a heady brew of Brecht, Greed tragedy and – oh, yes – Nathaniel Hawthorne

Fully Committed
by Eugene Paul on May. 9

Jesse Tyler Ferguson is not only a funny man he’s also a charmer, in this whiz of a star vehicle.

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.

Funny Face at The Lion Theatre
By Marc Miller On Oct. 25, 2016

The 1927 musical, with a raft of Gershwin standards and a nearly content-free book, is given an appealing airing by Mel Miller’s Musicals Tonight!

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.

Fyvush Finkel

on Sept. 22, 2016

Gambling on Love

By Deirdre Donovan on November 28, 2017
Robin Kradles new solo show kicked off the holiday season at Don't Tell Mama in vivacious Vegas style.

Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus
        by Ron Cohen on May 06, 2019

Slaughter, gore and a barrel or two of laughs.

The Gentleman Caller
by Ron Cohen on May 15, 2018

Tennessee Williams and William Inge meet, drink and sort of make out, in two encounters that deeply impacted 20th Century American theater

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.

Gently Down the Stream
by Deirdre Donovan On May. 24 2017

The one-and-only Harvey Fierstein returns to the stage in Martin Sherman’s play that speaks of the “love that cannot say its name.”

Gertrude: The Cry
By Eugene Paul on August. 7
Howard Barker’s re-examination of Hamlet’s adulterous mother, Gertrude.

Get the Boat and Innit
by Deirdre Donovan on July 17, 2018

Two female Irish playwrights make their North American debut with plays that amplify the #metoo and #Ibelieveher movements.

Gigi
by Eugene Paul on Apr. 21

The songs are still marvelous and the story still intrigues but there’s a lot of bubbles missing in the champagne.

The Gin Game
by Eugene Paul on Oct. 22

If you take your laughs and pleasure with a little bit of extra seasoning, this is absolutely your dish.

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

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

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.

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

Gloria - A Life

By Fern Siegel on November 05, 2018

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

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

God Bless America: The Music of Irving Berlin

by Deirdre Donovan on July 13, 2018

An homage to the great American songwriter who had a talent for giving the American people what they wanted.

God Shows Up
        by Deirdre Donovan on February 15, 2019

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

The Golden Apple
by Deirdre Donovan On May. 23 2017

New York City Center’s Encores! series revives a cult classic that breezes through The Iliad and The Odyssey at Olympian speed.

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.

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

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

God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater
By Deirdre Donovan On Aug. 4

Kindness is back in style, as Howard Ashman and Alan Menken’s 1979 musical version of Kurt Vonnegut’s novel resurfaces.

Godspell
Westchester Broadway Theatre by Ed Lieberman on July. 21


A nostalgic look at religion and morality from the flower-power generation.

Going Solo in Terminally Delightful
by Edward Rubin on May. 30
BenDeLaRue, a Ru Paul alumnus, in his solo debut, had the audience eating out of his/her hands

The Golden Bride
By Eugene Paul On Aug. 17

Lovely, funny, touching, nostalgic, a sweeping entertainment. They don’t make ‘em like this any more.

The Gondoliers
by Deirdre Donovan on May. 19

Gilbert & Sullivan’s 1889 opera that abolishes class distinction returns with delicious verve to NYU’s Skirball Center.

Good
By Julia Polinsky on July. 13,2016

Good? Not so good

The Government Inspector
by Ron Cohen On June. 02 2017

Gogol’s comic classic of bureaucracy and corruption loses none of is pertinence and keeps all of it laughs.

Grand Hotel, The Musical
By Edward Medina On March 28, 2018

An exceptionally exquisite revival, you feel rewarded to have witnessed them again, even if it's just briefly.

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

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

Gregorian
By Rachel Goddard on Aug. 26, 2016

With history only enduring in black and white, Gregorian exposes the true colors of the 20th century; and its blood red.

Guys and Dolls
by Ed Lieberman on May. 14


All phases of musical theater come together in this production in almost perfect harmony; a valentine to a New York “the way you wished it was.

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.

H.M.S. Pinafore
by Deirdre Donovan on Jan. 19

The New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players splash into the classic and salt it with New York style.

Hamilton
by Michall Jeffers On Jan.13

Handily combines history and hip hop

Hamilton
by Deirdre Donovan on Feb. 27

Lin-Manuel Miranda creates a trailblazing new musical about one of our founding fathers and steps into the titular lead at the Public Theater.

Hanoch Levin Squared
By Eugene Paul On March 20, 2018

Coarse, outrageous, hilarious, bitter, sad, despairing, a harsh, lesson in life, handsomely performed.

Hand To God
by David Schultz on Apr. 21

A tour de force work that dazzles with verve and pitch black humor…. It has a limited appeal, but will definitely sate the adventurous theatergoer.

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.

Happy Days, A New Musical
by Ed Lieberman on May. 31, 2016

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

A Happy End
by Eugene Paul on Mar. 12

Playwright Netanyahu has written a work that becomes all too engrossing the closer it comes to its involving end.

Happy Talk
        by Arney Rosenblat on June 03, 2019

Susan Sarandon and Marin Ireland in a play where positivity goes seriously amuck.

Heathers: The Musical
by Deirdre Donovan on June. 5
This new killer musical takes bullying out of the closet and exposes its psychological layering with some very witty songs.

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

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

Hedda (Gabler)
By Julia Polinsky on Oct. 06, 2016

Wandering Bark Theatre Company slots perfectly into the current TLDNR mindset. If your taste is more for Mean Girls than Emma, you’ll feel right at home.

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.

Hedwig And The Angry Inch
By Michall Jeffers on May. 1
Tony presenter Neil Patrick Harris should be up for his own Tony this season. This is not a production for those of delicate sensibilities but definitely has the potential to become another cult musical.

The Heidi Chronicles
by David Schultz on Mar. 24

Wendy Wasserstein’s award-winning play still packs a punch, but is more muted and wistful than it needs to be.

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

Hello, Dillie
By Eugene Paul On June. 22

Pull up a chair and stay awhile.

Hello, Dolly
by Eugene Paul On May. 06 2017

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

Here Lies Love
by Stewart Schulman on May. 30
An energetic “immersive” theatrical experience with a great cast and a great true story, unfortunately mostly untold.

Hillary and Clinton
        by Fern Siegel on April 22, 2019

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

Himself And Nora
By Eugene Paul On July. 13

Charming, romantic, "The greatest love story never told."

HIR
by Michall Jeffers on Nov. 11

Can there truly be fun in a dysfunctional family?

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

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

It’s never too early to celebrate

HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME
by Eugene Paul on June. 26
The phenomenon that was Tupac Shakur, immortalized in his own short time on this planet, inspires this new “musical”.

The Home Place
by Ron Cohen On October 27, 2017

A solid New York premiere for Brian Friel's incisive look at the simmering of Anglo-Irish conflict.

The Honeymooners
by David Schultz on October, 23, 2017

An undercooked rehash of the beloved television series for the 55-Plus Set.

Hot Mess
by Ron Cohen On December 06, 2017

A rom-com mixes sweetness with a barrage of descriptive talk about sex acts, and hey, sweetness wins!

The House That Will Not Stand

by Ron Cohen on August 10, 2018

Electrifying theater that examines the hideous stew of racism, sexism and slavery in the custom of plaçage in New Orleans before the Louisiana Purchase.

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

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

Hughie
by Eugene Paul on Mar. 7

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

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.

The Humans
by David Schultz on Nov. 4

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

The Hummingbird’s Tour
by Eugene Paul on Nov. 4

When a mysterious, charismatic guru leaves prophecies for each one in the household, then vanishes, should they read them?

A Hunger Artist by Franz Kafka
By Julia Polinsky on June 14, 2017

Interesting, uneven, overall admirable, Sinking Ship’s production layers Kafka’s cynical gloom with lots of intriguing theater artistry.

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.

I Have Confidence: Rodgers After Hammerstein
Lyrics and Lyricists at the 92nd Street Y

By Julia Polinsky on May. 31
In this splendid evening, from flops to smashes, Rodgers’ lovely melodies still get the airing they deserve.

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.

I’ll Say She Is
By Marc Miller on June. 7

There’s life in the old musical model yet.

Ibsen’s A Doll’s House and Strindberg’s The Father
by Deirdre Donovan on May. 31

Stricking double bill provides contrast between two literary titans.

The Iceman Cometh
By Ron Cohen on May 1, 2018

George C. Wolfe and Denzel Washington infuse Eugene O'Neill's downbeat masterwork with vibrant life.

The Iceman Cometh
by Eric Grunin on Feb. 26

A magnificent and essential production of an American masterpiece.

Ideation
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?

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

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

If/Then
by Eugene Paul on Apr. 6
Devotees of Broadway belters are destined to flock to Idina Menzel’s huge sounds in her new show filled with good company.

Illyria
by Ron Cohen On November 14, 2017

An arresting look back at the early history of the New York Shakespeare Festival and a loving but unsentimental valentine to its revered creator, Joe Papp.

In A Word
by Julia Polinsky On June 30 2017

Deeply engrossing, a surprise in a play so short.

In Our Own Voice: Women Veterans Tell Their Story
by Julia Polinsky on July. 2

A theater project that focuses on women in the military could be important. Although worth seeing, needs work.

In The Secret Sea
by Julia Polinsky on May. 16

New play by Cate Ryan explores family, fear, faith, and failure, but falls flat.

Indecent
By Eugene Paul on May. 05, 2017
Yes, go to admire, to enjoy, to be thrilled, most of all to be touched.

Ink
        by Fern Siegel on May 02, 2019

A fast-paced chronicle of ambition and anger captures the intensity of a long-gone newspaper world.

The Immigrant
by Eugene Paul on May. 31

Playwright Mark Garelik’s warm, loving portrait of his immigrant grandfather becoming a Texan through kindness and consideration.

In Love with the Arrow Collar Man
by Marc Miller On November 14, 2017

The true story of a love that shouldn't have worked but did, and the compelling cultural history surrounding it.

In Transit
By Julia Polinsky On Dec. 19, 2016

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

In & Of Itself
by Edward Medina On September 27, 2017

A mysterious and wonder filled production of magic and storytelling.

In White America
by R. Pikser on Nov. 9

How sad that, after 50 years, this play still has so much to tell us. But we need to confront, not smooth over its lessons.

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.

Indian Ink
by Gene Paul on Nov. 4

Trailing rumors and intrigues in 1930 England, Flora Crewe ran off to India to collect herself. Fifty years later, a publisher wants her story.

Insignificant
by Julia Polinsky on Dec. 17

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

Into The Woods
by David Schultz on Mar. 11

A downsized cast of ten tackles Sondheim, this excessively cute rendition grates on the nerves, yet charms simultaneously. These Woods are showing their age.

Invisible Thread
by Julia Polinsky on Dec. 15

Engaging, tuneful, exuberant, and happy.

Indian Summer
By Michall Jeffers on June. 14

Sand, soulfulness, and summer love

Iowa
by Barry Bassis on Apr. 23

The cast deserves better on this long slog.

It Shoulda Been You
by Russell Bouthiller on Apr. 24

Affectionately uproarious, this frothy new musical brings the age-old institution of marriage into the modern age.

It's a Wonderful Life: The Live Radio Play
by Deirdre Donovan On December 27, 2017

This charming holiday show at the Irish Repertory Theatre company is meant for both the eye and ear.

It’s Only A Play
by Michall Jeffers on Oct. 16

Both self-referential and self-reverential this smash hit is playing to full houses chocked with appreciative theater goers.

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.

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.

Mary Jane
by Ron Cohen On October 03, 2017

Amy Herzog explores with arresting detail and artful restraint the plight and the rewards of caring for a systemically ill child.

Japan Society Project IX – Pleiades
by R. Pikser on May. 22
This tribute to the music of the late Iannis Xenakis offers insight to the current approach to music and movement

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.

Jerry Springer- The Opera
By David Schultz On March 03, 2018

Jerry! Jerry! Jerry! Wipe that grimace off of your face. It's not as god-awful as you might think.

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

John
by David Schultz on Feb. 10, 2017

Mesmerizing production of playwright Annie Baker's haunted tale perfectly rendered.

John
by Eugene Paul on Aug. 20

Director Sam Gold and playwright Annie Baker are the current hottest theatrical team in New York City. See John and wonder why.

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

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

Carmen Jones
by Marc Miller on June 28, 2018

Hammerstein's resetting of Bizet is a lush earful, and if you thought Oscar couldn?t write about sex, think again.

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.

K - O

Kafka’s Quest, A.K.A Kafka/Samsa
by Eugene Paul on Mar. 10

Endlessly intriguing, how and why Franz Kafka wrote his chilling Metamorphosis is given a new twist.

My Report to the World: The Story of Jan Karski
by Eugene Paul on July. 22

6,000,000 human beings were slaughtered. Jan Karski tried to tell the world. The world did not listen. David Strathairn stars in an unfinished task.

Katsura Sunshine
By R Pikser on November 22, 2017

An English language practitioner of an ancient Japanese story telling form, is charming and captivating in the practice of his craft.

Kick

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.

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!

King CharlesIII
by Michall Jeffers on Nov. 23

The Queen is dead; Long Live the King…or not.

King Kong
by Eugene Paul on November, 27, 2018

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

King Lear
        by Eugene Paul on May 24, 2019

If you can ‘t get enough of Glenda Jackson, this is for you.

King Lear
By Eugene Paul on August. 7
John Lithgow gives an inspired, moving performance in this towering tragedy, one of Shakespeare’s great plays.

King Lear, presented by Shakespeare’s Globe
by Eric Grunin on Oct. 8

A potentially interesting production, but lamed by problematic doubling (and perhaps a bit of road-weariness).

Kings
By Deirdre Donovan On March 23, 2018

An idealistic freshman congresswoman attempts to clean-up what's wrong in Washington.

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

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

The Amazing Kreskin Live

By Edward Medina on April 17, 2018
Mentalism and mystery are live at the Lion. At the end of the evening you will think to yourself, you know what, he really is amazing.

Kristina
by Deirdre Donovan on Mar. 24

One can’t help but feel this 16th century figure become palpable in the flesh and blood in this rarely staged Strindberg historical drama.

Konstantin Soukhovetski at the Lyric Chamber Music Society
by Deirdre Donovan on Oct. 28

The Rock Star Pianist of the classical music world made old classics sound new.

L’immédiat
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.

Labute New Theater Festival
by Eugene Paul On January 22, 2018

From funny to heartbreaking and back, one of the most enjoyable, provocative evenings currently in town.

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill
by Eugene Paul on May. 1
Audra McDonald has vaulted past anything she’s ever done to this pinnacle of performance art, her portrait of Billie Holiday.

L.A. Unified

by Deirdre Donovan on Oct. 14
An actor turned substitute teacher makes the grade with his new autobiographical solo show at the 2014 Unified Solo Theatre Festival.

La Cage Aux Folles
at the Goodspeed Opera House
by Ed Lieberman on July. 29


The first Broadway show about a gay couple, opened the day the Supreme Court rendered its decision legalizing gay marriage

The Last Ship
by Eugene Paul on Oct. 30

An amazing, impressive production with splendid moments and big holes mightily supports Sting’s unfinished musical memoir.

Lady Macbeth And Her Lover
by Edward Medina On November 20, 2017

Out, damned poet. Out!

The Last Match
by Eugene Paul On November 14, 2017

Gets us into the minds of Tim and Sergei, tennis and life are one.

Later Life
By Ron Cohen On March 15, 2018

This revival of one of A. R. Gurney's examinations of the quietly tormented, sadly inhibited WASP psyche is a mixed bag.

Latin History For Morons
By Edward Medina on November 15, 2017

A fearless entertainer and a masterful wordsmith from the king of one man shows

Lazarus
by David Shultz on Dec. 22

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

The Lehman Trilogy
        by Arney Rosenblat on April 16, 2019

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

Let’s Misbehave

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

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

Tracy Letts at 92nd Street Y

By Deirdre Donovan on Dec. 19,2016

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

A Life
By Michall Jeffers on Oct. 31, 2016

I’m just a lonely boy, lonely and blue.

Life Among the Aryans
by R. Pikser on June 14, 2018

It is good to know that there is still political theater in New York that is accessible to the public: Nuyorican Poets Café is doing important work.

Life X 3
By Eugene Paul on November 27, 2018

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

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

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

Light Shining in Buckinghamshire
by Ron Cohen on May 15, 2018

We’re in England in the mid-1600s; and revolution’s not easy…not for the participants and not for the audience.

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

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

Lili Marlene
By Julia Polinsky On August 03, 2017

Love in Berlin between the wars, politics, family drama, all set to music. Sounds good (and familiar), yes? Alas, not good enough, and too familiar.

Linda
By Eugene Paul on Mar. 06, 2017

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

Linda Lavin & Billy Stritch at Fire Island's Cherry Grove
by Jeannie Lieberman on Aug. 8

The duo set the bar high for elegant entertainment.

Lips Together, Teeth Apart
by David Schultz on Nov. 13

Rippling currents of unease finds a new audience.

The Little Foxes
By Ron Cohen on Apr. 24, 2017
Greed has never been more enthralling.

Little Thing Big Thing
by Eugene Paul on Sept. 10

Miles and miles of Irish charm and kerfuffles.

Living On Love
by Russell Bouthiller on Apr. 24

Opera sensation Renée Fleming stars in this Joe DiPietro screwball comedy about love among the upper registers

Lobby Hero
By Marc Miller on April 09, 2018
Kenneth Lonergan's drama-but-mostly-comedy is in fine fettle at Second Stage, and the refurbished Hayes is pretty nifty, too.

Frank Loesser: Lyricist
by Deirdre Donovan on June 14, 2018

The 92 Street Y's Lyrics & Lyricists series wraps up its season by spotlighting the lyricist-composer who brought us the immortal Guys and Dolls.

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.

Lonely Planet
by Ron Cohen On October 20, 2017

Two gay men face the AIDS epidemic with friendship, conversation and chairs, lots of them.

Lonesome Blues
by Deirdre Donovan on June 25, 2018

Akin Babatunde brings legendary country bluesman Blind Lemon Jefferson to life.

Lonesome Blues
by Deirdre Donovan on June 25, 2018

Akin Babatunde brings legendary country bluesman Blind Lemon Jefferson to life.

Long Day’s Journey Into Night
by Michall Jeffers on May. 4

Excellent performances make a trip to hell worth taking.

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.

Love & Money
by Eugene Paul on Sept. 9

If you believe in Gurney and if you believe that money is the root of all evil, you’re right at home.

Love Letters
by Eugene Paul on Oct. 7

A.R.Gurney’s Love Letters has returned and should never go away again.

The Low Road
By Eugene Paul On March 15, 2018

A romping riot for the senses as well as your brain.

The Lucky One Review
By Ron Cohen on May 19, 2017

The creator of Winnie the Pooh shows off his adult playwriting skills in this tale of sibling rivalry from the 1920s.

LUV: American Style
By R. Pikser on May. 15

Dr. Rennie Harris has put together a work that, in one hour, covers everything we want in a theatrical experience, and more.

Lyrics & Lyricists, 92st Y
Here’s To the Girls! Hollywood’s Leading Ladies

By Linda Amile Burns on Feb. 26

Charles Busch hosted a dazzling celebration of The Leading Ladies of Hollywood’s from the great film musicals to open the 2015 season.

Lyrics & Lyricists at 92nd Street Y
Ziegfeld Girl: The Many Faces of Fanny Brice

by Linda Amiel Burns on May. 8
L & L pays tribute to iconic Ziegfeld star Fanny Brice 50 years after Funny Girl opened on Broadway.

M. Butterfly
By Edward Medina on November 6, 2017
Butterfly lovers once again find redemption, now more an emotional punch than a shocking blow to the mind.

Macbeth of the Oppressed
by Nicholas Linnehan on Oct. 20

Billed as a Multicultural cast, they utilize a diverse crew of actors to tell their tale.

Machinal
by Eugene Paul on Jan. 29
Rebecca Hall makes her Broadway debut unmistakably in every scene of this sterling revival of an American expressionistic play.

The Mad Ones
By Eugene Paul On November 22, 2017

It’s not often you find a hit song in a still developing new musical but composers Kerrigan-Lowdermilk have shown us how.

MAESTRO

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

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

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

Magmanus
By R. Pikser on Sept. 29

They opened my eyes. They stopped my breath. They expanded my heart. I am more alive because I sat for 65 minutes and drank them in.

Major Barbara
By Deirdre Donovan on Nov. 24

The Gingold Theatrical Group collaborates with the Pearl Theatre to stage Shaw’s social satire in a new adaptation.

Mamma Mia
by Ed Lieberman on May. 15, 2017

The Westchester Broadway Theater has its mojo back!

Mamma Mia
by Michall Jeffers on June. 10

Time to revisit Mama Mia before it closes.

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

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

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.

Marcel and The Art of Laughter
by R. Pikser On November 14, 2017

Mr. Magni and Mr. Houben make us fall in love with their work and, because of their work, with them.

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

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

The Mabel Mercer Foundation: “It Might As Well Be Spring”
A Celebration In Song Of The Incomparable Life Of Margaret Whiting

by Linda Amiel Burns on June. 26
An all-star cast celebrated the life of legend Margaret Whiting in song at Weill Recital Hall hosted by her daughter Debbi and KT Sullivan.

Marilyn Maye at Michael Feinstein's 54 Below
By Marc Miller on May. 16
The cabaret diva's autobiographical "Highlights" set shows her in fine, throaty, effusive form.

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

A great performance brightens Swedish family psychodrama.

Marvin’s Room
By Ron Cohen on July. 11, 2017
Laughter and sickness cohabit in this Off-Broadway play from the 1990s, now getting a Broadway premiere.

The Mar Vista
By R. Pikser on June. 17
This premiere has some promising moments, but is, as the program notes state, “fragmented,” and in need of development.

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

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

Jan Maxwell
by Jeannie on February 15, 2018

Jan Maxwell was a classy lady as well as a talented actress.

Marin Mazzie Dies: Broadway Star of Passion, Ragtime
by Greg Evans on September 13, 2018

Editor's notes by Jeanne Lieberman.

TOM McMORROW, DISTINGUISHED NEWSPAPER JOURNALIST AND FORMER DRAMA DESK PRESIDENT
by Jeannie Lieberman on Oct. 2017

Me and My Girl
by Julia Polinsky on May 15, 2018

Killer fun, and very much alive and kicking as part of the Encores! series at City Center.

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

Measure for Measure
by Ron Cohen On October 31, 2017

One of Shakespeare's classic "problem plays" is no problem for this rambunctious theater company.

Measure for Measure
by Eugene Paul On June 30 2017

Director Godwin picks his cues from the Bard and ratchets them up, pleasant or unpleasant, decadence amplified, as today, of course.

A Memorial Celebration for Cabaret Legend Julie Wilson
By Linda Amiel Burns, Julie Wilson on Apr. 30

The Town Hall was packed to the rafters with adoring friends and fans.

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

Mercury Fur
by David Schultz on Sept. 11

Grim apocalyptic sci-fi play is a long two-hour descent into hell.

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

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

The Metromaniacs
By Edward Medina on April 30, 2018

Where verse becomes your vice and vice-a-versa.

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.

Midsummer Night's Dream
by Arney Rosenblat On August 2, 2017

The diverse cast of chosen actors are incandescent in their roles making this a must see evening.

The Mikado
By Deirdre Donovan On Jan. 03, 2017

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

Million Dollar Quartet
by Ed Lieberman on Aug. 12, 2016

A nostalgic visit to a seminal event in the history of music, involving major talents who were to become legends of rock ‘n’ roll.

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.

Misery
by Eugene Paul on Nov. 23

There’s something about seeing Misery in the flesh that will give you creeps you don’t quite get watching that big, silver screen. Enjoy.

Miss Saigon
by Deirdre Donovan On May. 19 2017

This old musical that is best-known for its famous helicopter returns to Broadway as fresh as an orange blossom.

Mlima's Tale
by Fern Siegel on May 15, 2018

Lynn Nottage explores the cruel backdrop to the secret ivory trade.

A Month in the Country
by Dierdre Donovan on Feb. 2

Small-screen stars bring high-voltage to Turgenev’s 19th-Century bitter comedy.

Michael Moore on Broadway: The Terms of My Surrender
By Julia Polinsky on August 18, 2017
A hugely successful provocateur who can move a despairing audience to be activists.

The Mother
        by David Schultz on April 08, 2019

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

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

This dark comedy could use less invention and more cohesion.

Mother of the Maid

By Ron Cohen on October 30, 2018

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

The Mostly Mozart Festival
By Michall Jeffers on Sept. 10
The Season Wrapped Up With Magical Musical Moments

Mostly Mozart
by Deirdre Donovan on August. 2
Your playbill might read “Mostly Mozart,” but Beethoven and Haydn had the last word in this August 2nd program.

Mostly Mozart

By Michall Jeffers on July. 31


There’s nothing quite like it in the world; when you’re listening to these performances, you’re hearing the best.

Much Ado About Nothing
By Eugene Paul on June. 26
Aside from its title this craftily constructed corkscrew of a play and this production is perfect.

MURDER MOST FUN: A Conversation with the Team Behind “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” at the 92nd Street Y
by Linda Amiel Burns on May. 22
The audience couldn’t seem to get enough of the delightful inside stories of the birth of this “Killer New Musical"

The Mushroom Cure
By Nicholas Linnehan on July. 29, 2016

“I love you but I hate your mental illness!” The harsh stigma around mental illness still plagues us today.

Murrow
by Nicholas Linnehan on May. 19

My Life On A Diet

by David Schultz on July 31, 2018

If you crave a joyful, funny peek into a life well lived, this bon-bon will most definitely sate your appetite.

Kathy Najimy “Lift Up Your Skirt” at Ice Palace ICONS
by Sherri Rase on Aug. 28
photos by Jeannie

“imagine what we could be if we weren’t continually patching up the holes the world puts in us, telling us we’re wrong, or bad" 

The Nap
By Ron Cohen on October 10, 2018

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

Napoli, Brooklyn
by Ron Cohen On June 30 2017

An explosive tragedy lifts a passionate but intimate drama of an Italian-American family.

Nat Turner in Jerusalem
By Ron Cohen on Sept. 30, 2016

A powerful play and a discomfiting depiction of the malaise bred by slavery on the American soul.

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.

Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812
By Deirdre Donovan On Dec. 7, 2016

Dave Molloy takes a 70-page sliver of Tolstoy's War and Peace and morphs it into a total-immersion rock musical.

National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica
By R. Pikser on Mar. 22

The energy of the late Rex Nettleford is still present in the performance of the company he founded.

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.

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

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

Network
By Fern Siegel on December 14, 2018

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

Neurosis
by Fern Siegel on September 05, 2018

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

Nevermore, The Imaginary Life And Mysterious Death Of Edgar Allan Poe
by Eugene Paul on Jan. 27

Charming, whimsical, non-frightening. Bring the children.

A New Brain, at Encores! Off-Center
by Julia Polonsky on June. 30

Revival of William Finn and James Lapine’s 1998 musical, dishes up tuneful, witty, and clever, with a side of self-knowledge and a scoop of heart.

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Winter Festival: Lacombe Conducts Romeo and Juliet
By Deirdre Donovan on Jan. 19

The trio of Shakespeare-themed works underscored that the Bard can break out of his literary tradition-- and sound the better for it.

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra : Mozart & Mendelssohn
By Deirdre Donovan on Mar. 2

Maestro Johannes Debus breezed into the New Jersey Performing Arts Center with three works from the classical repertoire, and wrapped up with the “Scottish” Symphony.

The New Morality
by Marc Miller on Sept. 22

Harold Chapin’s World War I curiosity is given an expert airing by the Mint Theater, but its own morality is somewhat bewildering.

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

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

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

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

The New York Pops 31st Birthday Gala: “Make It Big” honored Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.
by Stewart M. Schulman on May. 1
Under Music Director Steven Reineke, the roster of talent included over 230 musicians and guest artists, the largest cast ever in The Pops history, and the evening was a brilliant success!

NY Pops – 33rd Birthday Gala – Do You Hear The People Sing
By Stewart Schulman on May. 5
One of the best Pops concerts ever…
making this one of the most thrilling in recent memory

New York Pops – Kelli and Matthew: Home for the Holidays
By Stewart Schulman on Dec. 29

Their reunion made even more perfect by Music Director Steven Reineke and his incredible orchestra.

New York Pops – Let’s Be Frank
By Stewart Schulman on Apr. 15

Frank Sinatra might have been 100 years old this year, but his music still rocks the house, and it is most certainly as young at heart, as ever.

The New York Pops: "Life is a Cabaret: The Songs of Kander and Ebb"

By Deirdre Donovan and Jeanne Lieberman on Mar. 13, 2017
The celebrated orchestra created some magical razzle-dazzle under the enthusiastic baton of Steven Reineke at Carnegie Hall.

New York Pops: Sutton Foster “One Night Only”
By Elliot Rush on Mar. 20

The multi-talented star celebrated her 40th Birthday onstage and the 2800 seat theater spontaneously burst into the birthday song as the love over-flowed back and forth.

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!

NY Pops – By Special Request: An Evening With The Orchestra
By Stewart Schulman on Nov. 19

A concert where the orchestra was the star and the conductor its leading player.

NY Pops - Something Wonderful

By Stewart Schulman on May. 03, 2017
An evening celebrating creative collaboration with a whole lot of heart.

Next to Normal
By Eric Grunin on Sept. 29

The Gallery Players in Brooklyn have mounted a straightforward production that demonstrates the solid excellence of the piece and tears your heart out.

Noises Off
by Michall Jeffers on Jan. 24

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

Not the Messiah (He’s a Very Naughty Boy)
By Deirdre Donovan on Dec. 27

A program unlike any other playing in the city this holiday season.

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.”

NY Pops – 32nd Birthday Gala – The New Golden Age
By Stewart Schulman on May. 8

An evening of showstoppers had the appreciative, black tie crowd roaring their approval throughout.

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

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

Occupation Dragonslayer
By Nicholas Linnehan On Sept. 22, 2016

Hope is a Miracle.

Of Good Stock
by Eugene Paul on July. 16

A beautiful company, a beautiful production, lovingly directed, a new play by a new playwright, a summer diversion.

Of Mice and Men
by Eugene Paul on May. 1
In a season bursting with outstanding performances, there hasn’t been a finer staging than this harrowing American drama.

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

Oklahoma!
by Eugene Paul on April, 16, 2019

If you’re the right generation, you’ll be amazed at what has happened to your favorite score.

Oklahoma!
by Julia Polinsky on October 10, 2018

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

The Oldest Boy
By Eugene Paul on Nov. 24

What happens when two Tibetan monks tell a modern American mother that her young son is a reincarnated holy man? Beautifully, elaborately presented.

On A Clear Day You Can See Forever

by Eugene Paul on July 11, 2018

A gem of a Burton and Lerner score. Quite possibly the most charming of this musical's reincarnations.

On The Town
by Eugene Paul on Oct. 28

Bigger and more beautiful, wiser and wittier, funnier and more affectionately satisfying than ever before. Don’t even hesitate..

On the Twentieth Century
by Eugene Paul on Mar. 24

If you like your musicals to give you a non-stop boost of oxygen, this is the booster. Besides, nothing beats Kristin Chenoweth

Once On This Island
By Julia Polinsky on December 11, 2017
life, death, gods, peasants; family, community; faith, hope, despair; color and the transformative power of love.

O’Neill (Unexpected)
By Marc Miller on June. 15

These two one-acts, showing the playwright in early, uncertain form, explore themes he later touched on with greater assurance.

Old Times
by Eugene Paul on Oct. 27

A beautifully produced tribute to the most powerful enigma in the current Theater including a stage debut of movie star Clive Owen.

Once Upon a Mattress
by Deirdre Donovan On Dec.22

The Transport Group's revival a fresh theatrical confection.

Othello
By Ron Cohen on Dec. 15, 2016

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

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.

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.

On the Shore of the Wide World
by Ron Cohen On September 18, 2017

Three generations of an English family, viewed under a compassionate microscope

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.

The Other Mozart
By Eric Grunin on July. 3

Sylvia Milo does a lovely job showing us the 18th Century from an unexpected point of view, that of Mozart's older sister.

The Outsider
by David Schultz on February, 08, 2018

Satire on Modern American Politics is a tongue-in-cheek tribute to our democracy.

P - T

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

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

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.

Paradise Blue
by Arney Rosenblat on June 01, 2018

Beautiful and powerful moments from strong ideas and characters need further development and dimension. Stirring nevertheless.

Paramour
by Eugene Paul On June.7

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

Peace For Mary Frances
by Arney Rosenblat on June 05, 2018

No one gets out of this world alive but Lily Thorne illustrates what a tough messy journey dying can be.

Pentecost
By Eugene Paul on August. 7
Work on restoring an art masterpiece is interrupted by a mob of armed, war torn refugees seeking their own salvations. Fully engaging.

Peer Gynt
by Ron Cohen on May. 31

Actor Gabriel Ebert and director John Doyle shape Ibsen’s unwieldly epic into absorbing theater.

The Penitent
By Ron Cohen on Mar. 04, 2017

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

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

‘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.

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

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

Piece Of My Heart
by Eugene Paul on August. 7
He wrote the songs that made the stars come out but no one knew his name, until now. With 26 of his songs, the songs of Bert Berns.

Pipeline
by Ron Cohen On July 21, 2017

Dominique Morisseau’s words come at you like machine-gun fire and they are piercing, powerful and well-aimed.

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 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.

Plenty
By Eugene Paul on Nov. 14, 2016

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

Pompie’s Place
By Barry Bassis on Apr. 20

Arthur Pomposello, aka Pompie, is back with talent galore at new blues club.

Pondling
by Eugene Paul on Sept. 15

How many chances do you get to see a brand new star come to light, not yet on Broadway? Run, do not walk.

Mary Poppins
by Edward Lieberman on May. 30
Mary Poppins hitched a ride on the East Wind to Westchester Broadway Theatre's 40th Anniversary and we are happy the wind will not shift until July 27th!

The Portuguese Kid
by Eugene Paul On November 20, 2017

A completely expert cast trolls for laughs high and low in John Patrick Shanley’s brash comedy.

Kathryn Posin Dance Company: Voices of Bulgaria and America
By R. Pikser on Nov. 4

The beauty of trained bodies moving with precision is always enthralling, but sometimes more is needed.

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

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

The Potomac Theater Project /NYC

by Deirdre Donovan on July 26, 2018

PTP, celebrating its 32nd season, returns to the Atlantic Theatre Company with three provocative plays.

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

Present Laughter
By Ron Cohen on Apr. 17, 2017
Kevin Kline delivers exactly what the title promises – and a lot more – in this Noël Coward romp.

The Price
By Deirdre Donovan on Mar. 28, 2017
Penetrating in its portraits of family members, investing each with a deep humanity.

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

The Mint Theater Company does well by Elizabeth Baker’s antique, but it’s hard not to feel you’re being lectured to.

Pride and Prejudice
by Julia Polinsky On December 05, 2017

A dizzying transformation of Austen’s work into post-postmodern screwball comedy.

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.

Prince of Broadway
By Eugene Paul on September 05, 2017
No one has reveled in the breadth of variety of productions covering a varied palette in taste and temperament, producing and directing for almost 70 years.

Privacy
by David Schultz on Aug. 03, 2016

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.

The Profane
By Eugene Paul on Apr. 20, 2017

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

The Prom
by Marc Miller on November, 20, 2018

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

The Property
by Eugene Paul on June 25, 2018

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG is a hit. This is the real thing.

Public Enemy
By Ron Cohen on Oct. 14, 2016

"People who don’t vote should be arrested and charged with evasion of duty."

Pump Boys and Dinettes
by Eric Grunin on July. 24

More than a revue, less than a song cycle, Encores! takes a second look at this hardy Country and Western entertainment from the early 80s.

Pushkin: A Life Played Out

by Arney Rosenblat on August 17, 2018

A clever engaging examination of one of Russia's most significant literary figures.

Pygmalion
By Arney Rosenblat On April 17, 2018

In Bedlam Theatre's lively production the music is in Shaw's words, the artful performances of six top-notch actors and a director who doesn't miss a dramatic beat.

The Qualification Of Douglas Evans
by Eugene Paul on July. 24
The Amoralists plunge headlong into the harrowing subject of man’s propensity for repeating his history.

The Qualms
by Eugene Paul on June. 18

If you’re looking for your red hot palpitating sex on stage, this is pink. And very well done.

Quietly
By Eugene Paul on July. 29, 2016

The Abbey, the national theater of Ireland, is presenting one of its outstanding productions in the handsomely refurbished Irish Rep.

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.

Randy Writes A Novel
By Edward Medina on April 30, 2018

Comedy and puppetry mix to make a a very funny evening of outright truths, blatant lies, broad exaggerations, and accurate observations.

Really Rosie at Encores! Off-Center
By Julia Polinsky On August 09, 2017

Charm. Charm galore. Even more charm. And confidence. And dreams. Really Rosie has all of that, in spades. You’d have to be a Grinch to dislike it.

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.

Relativity
by Eugene Paul on June 04, 2018

The power of the Einstein aura proves once again unending.

The Report
by Julia Polinsky on Sept. 2

A civilian disaster in WWII London wrestles with tragedy, blame, identity, responsibility, and even hope. Excellent!

A Respectable Widow Takes To Vulgarity & Clean
by Eugene Paul on Apr. 13
A delightful double bill from Scotland’s burgeoning theater scene featuring up-front, adventuresome, women having fun.

Rhinoceros
by Eugene Paul On October 03, 2017

The New Yiddish Rep's newest, most vigorous outing, bound to make you think about yourself.

Richard II
by Judd Hollander on Apr. 11

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

Richard 111
by Nicholas Linnehan on Oct. 5

Nine talented disabled actors working together to make this show happen. They truly prove that there is ability in disability.

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.

Ripcord
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 River
by David Schultz on Nov. 28

A cabin in the woods, fly-fishing exploits, lost love - an inscrutable, ponderous evening.

Rocktopia
By Eugene Paul on March 28, 2018
If you love classical music and if you love rock music as much this show's for you.

Wheelhouse Theater Company’s production of Romeo and Juliet
By Nicholas Linnehan on July. 1,2016

With its beautiful set and strong ensemble, it’s a shame this production only has limited success!

Rose

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

Rothschild and Sons
by Eugene Paul on Nov. 1

Newly reworked by its original creators after 45 years, the musical retains it sweep, moves faster than ever, hits hard.

Ruddigore
by Deirdre Donovan on Nov. 10

In new digs at NYU Skirball Center, the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players celebrate their 40th anniversary by kicking off their new season with a classic opera.

Ruthless!
by Glenn Giron on July. 16

A laugh at the “standards” of the American Musical Comedy!

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.

Rasheeda Speaking
by David Schultz on Mar. 4

A scintillating cat and mouse treatise combines office politics and race into a frothy mix. Cunningly directed, makes for must see viewing.

The Realistic Joneses
by Deirdre Donovan on May. 1
In spite of its misleading title, Will Eno’s The Realistic Joneses is a charming new play that is bound to tickle your funny bone and make you think twice about the people who live next door.

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

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

The Rivals
by Eugene Paul on May. 8
Make haste. At least totter your damnedest to the Pearl for a romp of a show, a treat for eye, ear, mind and heart in Pearl Company’s handsomest production.

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.

Ragtime
by Edward Lieberman on Mar. 24
A Glorious, Broadway-sized staging of a portrait of America at the turn of the 20th Century.

Roschman Dance
By R. Pikser on June. 30

Sean Roschman is to be congratulated for trying to make contact with his audience by making his dances be about something.

The Road of Promise
By Deirdre Donovan on May. 15

Kurt Weill’s 1937 opera-oratorio Eternal Road gets reimagined and makes its U. S. debut at Carnegie Hall.

Saint Joan
By Deirdre Donovan on May 30, 2018

Shaw's play about the 15th century warrior saint is given a lukewarm revival but Condola Rashad turns in a fierce performance as the warrior heroine.

The Saintliness of Margery Kempe

by Arney Rosenblat on August 24, 2018

Though this delightful production of a would-be Medieval reality star, is closing shortly, let's hope it will not be another sixty years before it is revived again

Sanctuary

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.

Satchmo At The Waldorf
by Deirdre Donovan on Mar. 23
Theater critic Terry Teachout scratches beneath the surface of a jazz legend in his new one-man play starring John Douglas Thompson.

Scenes From An Execution
by Deirdre Donovan on July. 23

Jan Maxwell brilliantly leads the cast in The Potomac Theatre Project’s revival of Howard Baker’s play.

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.

School of Rock
by Michall Jeffers On Dec.22

Class is in session, and rocking is the lesson.

The Seafarer
by Ron Cohen on May 08, 2018

The devil plays poker with four Irish fellows, the whiskey flows and the audience is the winner.

Secondary Pitch
by Eugene Paul on Oct. 21

How can a determined girl TV producer put the elements together for a “reality” show if the elements are battling brothers?

Seagullmachine

By Edward Medina on April 25, 2018
A seagull too weighed down to ever truly take flight.

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

Semele
By R. Pikser on Mar. 17

An overtly sexy staging offers some brilliant visuals yet lacks some level of fulfillment.

Sense and Sensibility
By Deirdre Donovan on August. 12, 2016

Bedlam theater company takes Jane Austen’s classic novel and turns it into a golden theatrical experience.

Shadows
By R. Pikser on December 11, 2018

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

Shadowlands
by Eugene Paul On December 27, 2017

A splendid revival of William Nicholson's elegantly conceived love story about unlikely C.S. Lewis.

Shakespeare's Will

By Julia Polinsky on March 21, 2018
"Not intended to be historically accurate" should be printed in bold italics. It's a pity you can't add, "Doesn't really work."

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?

Shear Madness
by Judd Hollander on Mar. 23

Where sharp quips and scissors fly

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
by Arney Rosenblat on January 02, 2018

An ambitious, visually beautiful attempt to transport an audience to another time and place.

Shining City
By Ron Cohen on June. 9

Matthew Broderick brings laid-back charm and a beguiling Irish brogue to Conor McPherson’s drama, making it a rather friendly ghost story.

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.

Shows For Days
by David Schultz on July. 21

There is less than meets the eye in the new Douglas Carter Beane comedy, a sporadically amusing bon-bon to community theater folk.

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.

The Signature Project
By R. Pikser On March 14, 2018

The interconnectedness of all things is the subject of this ongoing work of art: The real magic of this evening is the transformative effect it has on the audience.

Significant Other
by David Schultz on July. 2

Joshua Harmon’s follow-up to “Bad Jews” proves delightful. A neurotic, gay twenty-something man finds finding Mr. Right to be a Sisyphean feat.

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

Simon Says
By Eugene Paul on July. 19,2016

Simon, an other worldly entity, is summoned up in a séance to explain away a death that should not have happened.

Simpaticio
by David Schultz on September, 28, 2017

Familiar themes with a touch of noir make lots of noise, and ends on a whimper.

Gravity and Other Myths:
A Simple Space

By R. Pikser on February 14, 2019

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

Sister Act
by Ed Lieberman on May, 04, 2018

Those in need of spiritual uplift should come to the newest church in Town.

Six Degrees of Separation
By Marc Miller on Apr. 28, 2017
John Guare’s meditation on identity and connection in contemporary New York still reverberates, but with a little less urgency.

Six Passionate Women
by Deirdre Donovan on Oct. 21

Mario Fratti’s comedy, which was the prototype for the hit musical Nine, is being revived at Theater for the New City.

SKIN
By Julia Polinsky on January 29, 2019

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

Skintight
by David Schultz on July 12, 2018

Examines youth, beauty, and sex and what.

Skylight
by Deirdre Donovan on Apr. 15

Bill Nighy teams up with Carrie Mulligan and both turn in top-notch performances in a revival of David Hare’s 1995 play.

Sleep
by R Pikser On December 14, 2017

What would it mean to be truly awake? What would it take to get there?

Small Mouth Sounds
By David Schultz on Aug. 25, 2016

Tantalizing, challenging play rewards the observant viewer in unexpected ways.

Small World
By Eugene Paul on September 26, 2017

The first hit of the new season? Broadway bound? Why not? Funny, witty, insightful. Beautifully produced. Go.

Smart Blonde
        by Ron Cohen on March 29, 2019

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

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

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

Snow White
by Edward Rubin On Feb.10

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

Socrates
        by Arney Rosenblat on June 03, 2019

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

Soho Rep’s 10 out of 12
by Glenn Giron on June. 12

A beautiful send up of life in the theatre. Anne Washburn has written the audience in as a true fly on the wall.

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.

Songs for a New World
Encores! Off Center

by Julia Polinsky on July 03, 2018

Staged reading gets loyal fans up on their feet, stomping and cheering, for an evening of Jason Robert Brown's early work.

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.

Southern Comfort
by Eugene Paul on Mar. 16

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

South Pacific
by Eugene Paul on Oct. 6


A beloved American classic whose songs are as fresh as ever.

SPECTATOR
By R. Pikser on Nov. 30

Spermhood

By Nicholas Linnehan on May. 23
A frank and unapologetic foray into this process which becomes both funny and poignant.

The Spoils
by David Schultz on June. 24

Narcissistic black comedy hits a few raw nerves mixing deplorable neurotic characters with snarky dialogue.

SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical
By Deirdre Donovan on December 18, 2017
Adventure packed musical sends you home with a renewed appreciation for the power of optimism.

Spring Awakening
by Deirdre Donovan on Nov. 4

Deaf West Theatre proves a dark musical can be a very stirring—and soulful--experience.

Squeamish
By Edward Medina on October 25, 2017

Blood, bath, and beyond excellent.

STARS IN THE ALLEY
By Jeanne Lieberman on June. 4

Lucky fans got chance to see Broadway stars in a free concert

STEPS
by R. Pikser on Oct. 8

A safe environment in which to practice one’s craft can also teach something to the audience.

Steve
by David Schultz on Dec. 4

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

Sticks and Bones
By David Schultz on Dec. 10

Ozzie and Harriet seen through the dark refracted eye of playwright David Rabe. A heart wrenching revival, perfectly cast, deeply disturbing.

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

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

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.

Straight White Men
By Eugene Paul on August 07, 2018

Hilarious, delightful, devastating. Playwright Young Jean Lee has grown up.

Strange Interlude
By Deirdre Donovan on October 31, 2017

David Greenspan single-handedly tackles Eugene O'Neill's nine-act drama at the Irondale Center in Brooklyn.

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

Is Hell really next door to a Costco parking lot?

StreetSinger – Celebrating The Life Of Edith Piaf
by R. Pikser on May. 22

The 90 minute evening was enthralling and the energy of all the performers was infectious. It was also a privilege to see Christine Andreas work.

A Strindberg Double-bill: The Storm and Burnt House
by Deirdre Donovan on Oct. 17

Two of Strindberg’s late-career Chamber Plays are revived in a double-bill by the August Strindberg Repertory Theatre.

Stuffed
by Julia Polinsky On November 09, 2017

Lipsmacking truths about the American woman's obsession with weight, sandwiched between hilarious standup and touching stories.

The Suitcase under the Bed
by Marc Miller On September 01, 2017

The Mint continues championing Teresa Deevy with four one-acts, most of them frustratingly slight and passive.

Summer and Smoke
by Fern Siegel on May 04, 2018

Two would-be lovers battle between spirituality and carnality during a steamy Mississippi summer in 1916.

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.

Sweat
By Marc Miller on Apr. 03, 2017
Lynn Nottage’s Rust Belt elegy is an old-fashioned great American play.

Sweet Charity
By Marc Miller On Dec. 20, 2016

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

Switzerland
        by Julia Polinsky on February 25, 2019

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

Sylvia
by David Schultz on Nov. 12

An aggressively in your face whimsical revival begs for your attention.

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

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

Sunday in the Park with George
by Jeanne Lieberman On Feb. 23 2017

Gyllenhaal Soars on Sondheim Score, a wave of art and artistry.

Sunset Boulevard
by Eugene Paul On Feb.20

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

The Taming of the Shrew
by Deirdre Donovan on June. 22

There's nothing tame about Phyllida Lloyd's all-female production of Shakespeare’s early comedy at the Public’s Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

A Taste of Honey
By Deirdre Donovan on Sept. 29, 2016

Austin Pendleton stages Shelagh Delaney’s trailblazing play that jolted the theater world back in 1958.

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

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

Tchaikovsky: None But The Lonely Heart
by Julia Polinsky on June 05, 2018

A beautiful look at Tchaikovsky's music and his deepest relationships, his passion and, yes, his loneliness.

The Tempest
by Michall Jeffers on June. 23

Prepare for thunder and lightning as The Tempest storms into Shakespeare in the Park.

That's Entertainment: Dietz & Schwartz and Friends

By Deirdre Donovan on July 19, 2017
The Mabel Mercer Foundation resurrected the crème de la crème ofthis famed duo -plus a little help from their friends.

Terezin
by Ron Cohen On June 20 2017

An overcomplicated plot but a wrenching depiction of concentration camp evil.

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

        by Julia Polinsky on July 19, 2018

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

Texas In Paris
by Ethel Wynn on Feb. 6

Scott Wakefield and Tony-Winner Lillias White sing their way through a touching journey of discovery and growing friendship.

There's Blood at the Wedding
by Edward Medina on June, 01, 2018

Puppets and performers deliver powerful messages and artful entertainment.

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

They Call Me Q
by R. Pikser on June. 18
Ms. Kadwani’s presence is engaging as a first generation American of Islamic Indian parentage but her show would benefit from help with the writing.

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.

Three Days to See
by Eugene Paul on Aug. 11

A potentially fascinating retelling of the life of extraordinary Helen Keller.

Three Small Irish Masterpieces
By Fern Siegel On March 16, 2018

Captures the pathos and the spirit of rebellion of the rural Irish at the turn of the 20th century.

Three Tall Women
By Ron Cohen on April 06, 2018
Edward Albee's meditation on aging, dying and death with intelligence, passion and wit in a production that shimmers with theatrical sorcery.

Threesome
by Glenn Giron on July. 24

Packs sex, feminism, social and sexual equality, and politics all under one exciting and funny roof.

THIRD ANNUAL KISMET DRAG SHOW
by Jeannie on Aug. 21

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

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

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

Tick, Tick...Boom!
by Eric Grunin on July. 18
A lesser-known work of Jonathan Larson shows themes that was to he develop further in Rent.

Tim and Scrooge
by Ed Lieberman on Dec. 15


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

Time Of My Life
By Eugene Paul on June. 18
The splendid Ayckbourn Ensemble gives a piercing performance in this chilly comedy of bad manners.

Time Stands Still
by Ed Lieberman on June. 11


Donald Margulies play will stay with the audience long after the final curtain.

Toast
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.

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

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

“To Life! Celebrating 50 years of Fiddler on the Roof“
with Sheldon Harnick” at 92 Y Lyrics & Lyricists

By Linda Amiel Burns on June. 2

The legendary lyricist discussing the creative process and how Fiddler on the Roof took shape 50 years ago.

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.

Torch Song
by David Schultz On November 17, 2017

A welcome return of a classic early play by Harvey Fierstein, humor and pathos intact.

Town Hall raises the roof to honor Fiddler on the Roof’s 50th birthday, composer Sheldon Harnick’s 90th, Folksbein Theater celebrates 100th
by Linda Amiel Burns on June. 18
Casts from the past helped celebrate.

The Traveling lady
by Arney Rosenblat On July 11, 2017

A poignant story of longing and remorse set in a rural 1950's Texas town.

Travels With My Aunt
by Eugene Paul on Oct. 17

Delightful, imaginative staging, the kind of gamesmanship theatre does so well. Partake.

Travesties
By Julia Polinsky on May 4, 2018

Hilarious, thought-provoking, and deeply satisfying, plus a tour de force performance from the holy-smoke-amazing Tom Hollander.

Travisville

By Edward Medina on October 30, 2018

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

The Treasurer
by Eugene Paul On October 17, 2017

Two must see performances, by Deanna Dunagan and Peter Friedman, drive Max Posner's intriguing play.

The Trial of an American President
By Eugene Paul on Oct. 06, 2016

George W. Bush agrees to put himself on trial at the International Criminal Court because he’s innocent. What does a jury say?

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.

Troilus and Cressida
By Deirdre Donovan on Aug. 12, 2016

Daniel Sullivan adds another feather to his cap by mounting Shakespeare’s most modern play at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

True West
        by Fern Siegel on February 08, 2019

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

Tuck Everlasting
by Eugene Paul On May.31

Full of charm, energy, beauty and fun, Tuck Everlasting is a children’s story for grown ups too. Make that especially.

Turning Off The Morning News
by David Schultz on May 23, 2018

Christopher Durang's newest play shines a mirror into the underbelly of evil that resides in our country with his singular warped humor on full display.

The TuTu Trilogy
By R. Pikser on Nov. 19

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

Twelfth Night

by Arney Rosenblat on August 03, 2018

Good-natured humor, spirited performances and a sense of community shimmer in musical re-imagining Shakespeare's classic comedy

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

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

Two by Friel
By Ron Cohen on December 03, 2018

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

Two by Tennessee Williams; 27 Wagons Full of Cotton and Kingdom of Earth
By Ron Cohen on July. 19,2016

A pair of Tennessee Williams one-acts survive a mixed bag of performances.

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

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

U - Z

Unexpected Joy
by Julia Polinsky on May 04, 2018

Family feelings, self-examination, and lots of dreams and hopes play out to a terrific folk-blues-pop inflected score.

Uncle Vanya
by Deirdre Donovan on Oct. 3
The thorny complexities of Chekhov’s characters are revived in the Pearl Theatre’s new production of his 1899 classic.

Van Gogh’s Ear
by Ron Cohen On August 17, 2017

Become gloriously immersed in Van Gogh, from psyche to canvas, with great chamber music a bonus.

Venus
by Ron Cohen On May. 23 2017

Racism, sexism and theatricality mix for a powerful and disturbing cocktail of a play.

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.

VIETGONE
By Eugene Paul on Nov. 11, 2016

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

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.

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.

The Visit
by David Schultz on May. 7

A dazzling dark gem of a show that still seems to be in gestation, co-mingling show-biz razzmatazz, dark cynicism with haunting music.

The Violin
By Eugene Paul on September 26, 2017

Engrossing, touching, funny. It gets under your skin.

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

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

War Paint
by Eugene Paul On Apr. 17 2017

A concocted mash up expertly executed for two of today’s greatest luminaries, Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole giving unstinting performances.

WELCOME TO PASSION NATION
on November 20, 2018

One of a kind immersive dinner/theater experience.

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.

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

the most likable Waiting for Godot imaginable

Waiting for Godot
by Deirdre Donovan on Dec. 11
Staring into the void just became a first-rate experience as two great British actors take on a Beckett classic.

Waiting for Godot
by Deirdre Donovan on Oct. 22

Beckett’s most famous work is revived by the Gare St. Lazare Ireland company with clockwork precision.

Waitress
by David Schultz On May.4

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

The Way We Get By
by David Schultz on June. 10

The usually caustic Neil LaBute has lost his bite in his latest treatise on relationships gone awry.

Wakey,Wakey
By David Schultz on Mar. 21, 2017

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

The Waverly Gallery
By Deirdre Donovan on December 28, 2018

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

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

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

What We're Up Against
by Arney Rosenblat On November 16, 2017

All about power, whether it means climbing up the ladder, holding tight to its rungs or not getting pushed off from your top perch.

Wiesenthal

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

Welcome to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
by Eugene Paul on Oct. 27

If you love bad jokes and a harum-scarum knockabout take clashing very different societies, this one’s for you.

West Side Story
by Ed Lieberman on May. 1


This is a Broadway-worthy enterprise, one of the best productions ever at the 40 year old Westchester Broadway Theatre.

Westchester Broadway Theatre: Camelot
by Edward Lieberman on Feb. 27


Go see this updated production, “a Camelot for the 21st Century!”

When We Were Young And Unafraid At City Center , 55th St .
By Eugene Paul on June. 26
Director Pam MacKinnon mounts a splendid production, with a superb cast in playwright Sarah Treem’s engrossing play. Go!

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.

The Wizard of Oz
by Eugene Paul on Sept. 9

After 75 years, the world wide beloved The Wizard of Oz and “Over the Rainbow” is now live, on stage in Westchester.

Wolf Hall
by Eugene Paul on Apr. 14

A huge, lavish, compelling retelling of the seething times of Henry VIII, how lust overcame religious duty.

Woman and Scarecrow
by Ron Cohen on May, 30, 2018

A dying woman talks with the aunt who raised her, her philandering husband and most of all, her argumentative alter ego. You?ll be engrossed.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie
By Deirdre Donovan On August 16, 2017

The best way to move forward is to take a look back at those who have given us hope in dark times.

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.

Yerma
By Arney Rosenblat on April 06, 2018
An almost scientific dissection of a modern woman's descent into personal tragedy.

You Can’t Take It With You
by Michall Jeffers on Oct. 10

Director Scott Ellis has taken this old chestnut and used his alchemy to turn it into spun sugar.

Yours Unfaithfully
By David Schultz on Feb. 2, 2017

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

Zero Hour
By Arney Rosenblat on June 15, 2017

A complex man that used humor both as a piercing weapon and a protective wall.

Zora Neal Hurston
By R. Pikser on Oct. 31, 2016

Not only important history but breathtaking performances.

Zorba! At City Center Encores!
By Julia Polinsky on May. 15

Handsomely staged but with no center, this dark revival tries hard to charm.

Zurich
by Arney Rosenblat on April 30, 2018

A jigsaw puzzle spotlighting apparently separate lives that fit together through the ties of corruption, isolation and real or implied violence.

Fire Island Sun Articles

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.

East Lighthouse Walk Second Annual House Beach Luau Party

By Jeannie on Aug 17,2017

July 4th 2017-THE INVASION PATRIOTIC & POLITICAL

By Jeannie
Photos by Joyce Rogers and Anna Barantsavich on Aug 10,2017

It is a grand event. Creativity abounds in startling and beautiful ways.

Jackie Hoffman is on Fire! (Island)” at the Ice Palace
by
Jeannie Lieberman on Aug. 28
photos by Jeannie

“The kvetching continues, the whining will go on” promised the motor mouthed, mobile faced, manic purveyor of blue tinged jewish flavored humor.

BRIDGEHENGE at FAIR HARBOR

By DJ Jaffe on July 28,2017

Pine is (still) Fine at Annual Block Party

Text and photos by Jeannie and Kevin and Wendy on July 28,2017

Fire Island Dance Festival Brings Weekend of
Unforgettable Dance to the Pines

July 21,2017

Festival's 23rd edition raises a record $585,045
Annual event produced by and benefiting Dancers Responding to AIDS,
a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

The 2017 annual Maggie Fischer Memorial
Great South Bay Cross Bay Swim

By Jeff Schou, Photos by Dana Deruvo-Hanner on July 21,2017

Kismet's 10th annual Burger Cookoff 17

Photos & text by Bradlee and Chef John on July 12,2017

a great night of burgers, friends and laughs to showcase what it is to be a community.

Chris Memorial

By Andrea Wikso and Erin Wahlberg on July 12,2017

Beloved friend and Kismet Inn Bartender

Kismet's July 4th '17 parade

text and photos by Bradlee on July 12,2017

The 52nd Kismet 4th of July Parade, dedicated to Joyce Cole, and led by the Kismet Fire Department Color Guard, kicked off Sunday at 11 a.m.

Kismet's 15 Minutes of Fame, A Formal Red Carpet Event


photos and text by Bradlee on June. 29,2017

GROVE'S NEW HOMECOMING QUEEN
GINGER'S ELECTION A SNAP!


By Jeannie on June. 08,2017

KFD open house

By Bradlee on June. 08,2017

Kismet KCA Spring Meeting '17

By Jeannie on June. 08,2017

Even a larger space at the Firehouse overflowed.

A Bench for Binnie

By Jeannie on June. 08,2017

Kismet's best friend and Fair Harbor's cherished citizen, known as "Binnie"

DERBY DAY at the KISMET INN '17
old friends, new season


Photos by Myrna and Jeannie on May. 15,2017

Piping Plover in Peril or Fire Island residents'

By Nicole Allegrezza on May. 12,2017
Long Island Advance

FWS must relax regulations so that beach goers can enjoy a less-limited season

KISMET UPDATE: Winter Wonderland

By Jeannie Lieberman on Feb. 12,2017

ANOTHER YEAR FOR THE DEER
Fire Island Deer Dodge The Bullet
- for now

By Jeannie Lieberman on Feb. 12,2017

KISMET KCA ELECTION '16: Washington Take Note

By Jeannie on Oct. 18,2016

On Fire Island, a Scar From Hurricane Sandy Is Seen as a Good Thing

By LISA W. FODERARO on Oct. 03,2016

The breach that cuts through is increasingly, seen as something of a good thing.

KISMET FIRE DEPARTMENT HONES SKILLS
IN 2 SIMULTANEOUS SURPRISE DRILLS

By Jeannie on Aug. 11

Kismet's Annual July 4th (3rd) Parade
A merry mix of military and madcap creativity

Photos by Bradlee and Jeannie on July. 7

The 41st Annual Fire Island Invasion!!
an ecstatic melding of the Grove and Pines "sisterhood"

by Jeannie on July. 7

Gay Pride in Cherry Grove
an extraordinary day of Remembrance and Celebration

photos by James Belzer, Jerry Ferreira and Just Lorraine
text by Jeannie on June. 24


"Hate will never win, together we celebrate that principle".

The 9th Annual, Kismet Burger Cook Off
by Gregg Weisser on June. 24

Everyone who was there were winners because what's better than getting friends together having burgers on the beach.

Memorial For Paul Whitney On Father's Day
A Fitting Tribute To One Kismet's Favorite Fathers

by Jeannie on June. 24

Paul would have enjoyed the tribute; short, sentimental but not too mushy, with smiles instead of tears.

It May Be 2016, But Straight Parents Still Need Advice
Raising LGBT Children

by Wesley C. Davidson & Jonathan L. Tobkes, M.D. on June. 3

A Six-Minute Plan to Rid Clothes of Ticks
By ANN LUKITS on June. 1

New study alters old protocol

STOP THE SLAUGHTER
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

Lawsuit Targets Fire Island National Seashore Park's Lethal Deer Management Plan

Posted on November 29, 2017

Kismet Community Association
September 24, 2017 Fall Meeting


Photos by Jeanne Lieberman on November 10, 2017

Fire Island Then: 1930's


by Tom McMorrow posted on July 22,2011

Book with "Fun" in Its Title Makes Good on Its Promise


by Tom McMorrow posted on October 11,2011

Flood insurance splits GOP, spurs bipartisan deal making as deadline looms


by ZACHARY WARMBRODT on September 19,2017

"Justin Vivian Bond Shows Up in Cherry Grove,"
A Night of Musing and Music


by Jeanne Lieberman on September 07,2017

"I am yours, you are mine, no matter what you are"

Kismet's Annual Arthur Lem Memorial Snapper Tournament

Photos & text by Bradlee White on September 01,2017

The Islip Bulletin
Crossover detour

By RICK CHALIFOUX on Aug 17,2017

Big Moments in Saltaire History
The Road that Never Made It Off the Drawing Boards

By Jeannie on Aug 24,2017

Duck Races '17
The fastest fundraiser in Kismet

By Bradlee, Patti & Jeannie on Aug 17,2017

Tim Mooney's Big Daddy & Friends at the INN



11th Annual Kismet Duck Races

By Bradlee White on Aug. 18

2ND ANNUAL PINE STREET BLOCK PARTY

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

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

By Jeannie on Aug. 31

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

By Stacey Sager on July. 10


51st Miss Fire Island at the Ice Palace

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

ANATOMY OF A DUNE
by Jeannie on Dec. 31

A series of photos from beginning to end

The Arthur Lem Memorial Snapper Tournament

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

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.

CHERRY GROVE HOMECOING QUEEN 2016
by Jeannie on June. 3

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

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.

LINDA EDER LAUNCHES NARDICIO’S ICON SERIES at CHERRY GROVE'S ICE PALACE
by Jeannie Lieberman on July. 24
photos by Jeannie

From ballads to blues to bouncy pop the audience joyously rode that trip with her.

Fire Island Sun publisher featured in Newsday Article
30% PENALTY FOR SANDY VICTIMS

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


Feds will shoot deer at 2 Maryland Civil War battlefields

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

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

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

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

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.

HALLOWEEN: KISMET DRESSES FOR THE OCCASION

Photos by Bradlee on Nov. 07,2016

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

See you next year…

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

By Jeannie on Aug. 31

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.

“Justin Vivian Bond Shows Up in Cherry Grove,”
A Night of Musing and Music


by Jeanne Lieberman on September 07,2017

“I am yours, you are mine, no matter what you are”

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

By Cheryl Dunbar Kahlke on Aug. 31

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

by Jeannie on Aug. 27
Photos by Parker Sargent

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.

KISMET’S BEST LOVED POST SEASON TRADITION
LIVES UP TO THE MARK

by Jeannie on Oct. 22

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

KISMET ANNUAL KLAW FLEA MARKET
by Jeannie on June. 24

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

KISMET’S ANNUAL KLAW FLEA MARKET
by Jeannie Lieberman on June. 25


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

JULY 4th WEEKEND IN KISMET
Parade, Sam’s tribute slide show, the houses, Seabay Annual Potluck dinner

on July. 10
Photos by Bradlee


THREE DEAD WHALES IN THE AREA
These sad stories raise many questions

on July. 10


KISMET’S TENTH ANNUAL GUAC OFF!!!
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.

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


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 Art Show

By Bradlee on Aug. 3
It was a hot day for the 2016 "Art Crawl

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.

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.

MEMORIAL FOR BILL PEREZ - 8/15 AT NOON

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!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrHl93jF2mo

MICHELE BALAN RETURNS TO THE GROVE
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!

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.

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

OKTOBERFEST ‘16:
TERRIFIC TRADITION THRIVES DESPITE THE WEATHER

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

PASTA NIGHT AT THE FIREHOUSE:
Always a treat despite competing events

Photo's By Jeannie on Oct. 28,2016

RED FOX SHOT with CROSSBOW on FIRE ISLAND

By Marija Beqaj on Jan. 31,2017

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

Return of a Kismet tradition: Pancake Breakfast at Firehouse

By Jeannie on Aug. 4

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

photos by Gregg & Bradlee on July. 7

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


Taste of Kismet

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

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

By Jeannie on Aug. 26

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

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

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

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

on July. 10


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.

KISMET’S ANNUAL DUCK RACES
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.

CHERY GROVE’S SEASON BEGINS WITH THE CROWNING OF THE NEW HOMECOMING QUEEN
by Jeannie Lieberman on June. 1


Demi Tasse an overwhelming favorite

KCA AUCTION ‘15: FRIDAY’S FRIGID FESTIVITIES
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.

BOBBY RUSH MEMORIAL TRIBUTE 9/19
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”