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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.

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.

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.

“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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

An Act Of God
by Michall Jeffers on June. 5

What a blessing to have Jim Parsons back on Broadway .

Amazing Grace
by Eugene Paul on July. 30

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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………………

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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”

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.

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’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

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.

Buried Child
by Michall Jeffers on Mar. 27

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

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Christians
by Michall Jeffers on Sept. 22

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

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!

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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 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

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.

Disaster
by Michall Jeffers On Mar.20

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

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 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.

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

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 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.

Dinner With The Boys
by Nicholas Linnehan on May. 5

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

DISGRACED
By Eugene Paul on Nov. 12

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

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.

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.

Diaspora
by Arney Rosenblatt On November 22, 2017

"You are Jewish. But we are Israeli."

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

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

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.

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! 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.

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

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.

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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.

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.

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

by Jeannie on Aug. 27
Photos by Parker Sargent

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

CHERY GROVE’S SEASON BEGINS WITH THE CROWNING OF THE NEW HOMECOMING QUEEN
by Jeannie Lieberman on June. 1


Demi Tasse an overwhelming favorite

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.

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.

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.

Forever

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

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.

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

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.”

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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, 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”.

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!

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’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 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.

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.

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 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 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 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.

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

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

K - O

Kismet Art Show

By Bradlee on Aug. 3
It was a hot day for the 2016 "Art Crawl

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.

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.

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" 

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 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).

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

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

KISMET’S ANNUAL 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.

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 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.

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!

Lazarus
by David Shultz on Dec. 22

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

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.

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 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.

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

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

Excellent performances make a trip to hell worth taking.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Mercury Fur
by David Schultz on Sept. 11

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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

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.

Occupation Dragonslayer
By Nicholas Linnehan On Sept. 22, 2016

Hope is a Miracle.

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.

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

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.

P - T

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Privacy
by David Schultz on Aug. 03, 2016

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Semele
By R. Pikser on Mar. 17

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

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?

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Snow White
by Edward Rubin On Feb.10

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

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.

Spermhood

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

STARS IN THE ALLEY
By Jeanne Lieberman on June. 4

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

Steve
by David Schultz on Dec. 4

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

Sylvia
by David Schultz on Nov. 12

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

Sunset Boulevard
by Eugene Paul On Feb.20

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

Sweet Charity
By Marc Miller On Dec. 20, 2016

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

Shear Madness
by Judd Hollander on Mar. 23

Where sharp quips and scissors fly

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.

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.

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.

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.

Spring Awakening
by Deirdre Donovan on Nov. 4

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

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.

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

The Spoils
by David Schultz on June. 24

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

STEPS
by R. Pikser on Oct. 8

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

The Tempest
by Michall Jeffers on June. 23

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

Terezin
by Ron Cohen On June 20 2017

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

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.

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.

Three Days to See
by Eugene Paul on Aug. 11

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

THREE DEAD WHALES IN THE AREA
These sad stories raise many questions

on July. 10


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.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

The TuTu Trilogy
By R. Pikser on Nov. 19

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

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.

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.

U - Z

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.

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.

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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Fire Island Sun 2015 Articles

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.

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

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


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


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.

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