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THE RACE FOR THE TONYS IS ON!

Water for Elephants
The Ensemble of Water for Elephants (Photo: Matthew Murphy)

 

That's right. Tony voters are largely made up of people in the industry who are connected in some way to each individual show for which they will vote. While voters for other prestigious awards such as Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk are made up of theater journalists who scramble to see every show before their deadline, one press agent confided that, "It's hard to get the Tony voters to see any anybody else's shows."

 

Further complicating things, the Tonys voting cutoff deadline was moved up to April 25, the earliest ever, creating an even greater glut near to the finish line. However, those at the end run the risk of voter fatigue. With the last-minute addition of Illinoise the result is that 9 of the unprecedented 15 new musicals this season opened in one week. This rush obliterates the former time-honored "gentlemen's agreement" among producers to keep show openings to one nightly, thus giving press agents the chance to keep up.

 

How will the Tony Awards, which used to have a limit of three or four shows per category, manage to reward over 15 shows?

 

Among the many new musicals, there are three notable revivals, covering as many decades: Cabaret, 1960s; The Wiz, 1970s, and The Who's Tommy, 1990s, delivering their unique styles once again, reminding us how rich and varied is our musical past.

 

Seems like producers, in their quest to recapture the still missing 12% of pre-pandemic audience plus attempt to get new young bodies in Broadway seats, are digging deep into tried and true material from our past.

 

There are extremely few totally new productions. Instead, they are derivations of beloved films and childhood books, juke box musicals of preexisting material, and in perhaps a final note of desperation, downright revivals, including Cabaret, and The Wiz (a critical flop that's selling out nightly).

 

Back to the Future
Roger Bart and Casey Likes in Back to the Future (Photo: Matthew Murphy and Evan Zimmerman)

 

Nestled within this myriad of musicals is an impressive array of straight plays. Authors such as Chekhov, Ibsen, John Patrick Shanley, Paula Vogel, Suzan Lori Parks, even a dash of Shakespeare (thank you, Eddie) are lending an air of gravitas and respectability to the whole.

 

Do not worry about how the Tonys will handle the overabundance of material or how to keep up with it. As the stalwart staff of Theaterscene.com has scrambled to cover it all and allow you to match wits with the Tony voters.

 

The Tonys will be held at Lincoln Center+, June 16, 2024, at 8 pm and broadcast on CBS and streamed on Paramount. Ariana DeBose will host, for the third straight year.

 

See you at the theater!

Jeanne Lieberman, Publisher




Preview of Upcoming Broadway Season

Spring 2024

 

Preview of Upcoming Broadway Season

Kyle Ramar Freeman, Avery Wilson, Nichelle Lewis, and Phillip Johnson Richardson in The Wiz. (Photo by Jeremy Daniel)

 

Click here for the latest on what's opening on Broadway this Spring! Plays, musicals, revivals, new work. Everything from the return of The Wiz and Cabaret to new musicals The Notebook and Water for Elephants, new plays at Manhattan Theatre Club and 2nd Stage. Take a look and enjoy!





A person and person performing on stage

 

What's Coming to Off-Broadway

Spring, 2024

 

Click here to see what's coming up Off-Broadway. Looks like some truly interesting, exciting theater. Some of these shows are already running; they all sound like Spring '24 will be a very interesting Off-Broadway season! See you at the theater!




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

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


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

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

Editor’s Notes: April 16: Social Injustice
North Carolina "bathroom" law inspires the entertainment community to protest.

Once again the arts have proved to be first responders to social injustice.

By Jeanne Lieberman on Apr. 29

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

By Jeanne Lieberman on Nov. 23

Obits

Christopher Durang, Beloved Playwright of Dark Comedic Farces, Dies at 75
By David Gordon (via Theatermania.com)

Christopher Durang
Christopher Durang (© David Gordon)

Tony Award-winning playwright Christopher Durang has died at the age of 75, according to The New York Times. Durang was diagnosed with a form of dementia, called logopenic primary progressive aphasia, in 2016.

A masterful writer of black comedy and satire, Durang was born and raised in New Jersey. As a young theater artist, his early influences were dark farces like Arthur Kopit's Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad. Recurring themes in Durang's works include familial narcissism, fear, abuse, and sexual identity.

"I have always felt irrationally at home in Chris' world," Durang's frequent collaborator, actor Sigourney Weaver, told TheaterMania in 2012 upon the off-Broadway premiere of Durang's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. The pair met in a singing class at Yale School of Drama and worked together on multiple works by Durang, including Das Lusitania Songspiel, Sex and Longing, Titanic, and Vanya, which would transfer to Broadway and earn Durang the Tony for Best Play.

Durang shot to fame with 1979's Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You, which earned him an Obie at age 32, and he followed that in rapid succession with iconic titles like Beyond Therapy, The Actor's Nightmare, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, and Laughing Wild. He was a Pulitzer finalist for Miss Witherspoon.

More recent works by Durang include the 2009 comedy Why Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them and Turning Off the Morning News, which premiered in 2018 at the McCarter Theatre. To this point, that would mark his last produced completely new work in his lifetime, though a further play, Harriet and Other Horrible People, has not yet reached the stage.

With Marsha Norman, Durang co-ran the playwriting division of Juilliard; he retired in 2016 as he withdrew from public life. His only immediate survivor is his husband, John Augustine.

A reunion reading of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, led by original stars Weaver, Kristine Nielsen, and David Hyde Pierce, will take place on May 7, as the annual gala for Lincoln Center Theater, which produced the original New York production.

 

Broadway - Musicals

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby
Reviewed By Deirdre Donovan on June 3, 2024

F. Scott Fitzgerald's landmark novel arrives on Broadway in a musical adaptation that is a feast for the eyes and ears.

Hell's Kitchen

Hell's Kitchen
Reviewed By Deirdre Donovan on May 27, 2024

This Alicia Keys-scored musical is a scrumptious confection with authentic New York flavor.

The Heart of Rock and Roll

The Heart of Rock and Roll
Reviewed By Julia Polinsky on May 15, 2024

This unabashedly joyful jukebox musical delivers hummable, silly fun.

Cabaret

Lempicka
Reviewed By Fern Siegel on May 14, 2024

The famed art deco artist Tamara de Lemipicka is celebrated in an electric new musical.

Cabaret

Cabaret
Reviewed By Fern Siegel on May 03, 2024

Cabaret's latest revival has a grotesque circus feel, led by Eddie Redmayne as the Emcee.

Suffs

Suffs
Reviewed By Fern Siegel on April 28, 2024

An original musical about women's struggle to achieve the vote, Suffs is bursting with energy, sass and smarts.

The Outsiders

The Outsiders
Reviewed By Marc Miller on April 23, 2024

S.E. Hinton's classic youth-gang novel, cobbled into a big Broadway musical, works better than anybody had a right to expect.

The Who's Tommy

Water for Elephants
Reviewed By David Schultz on April 10, 2024

The circus unfurls its tent on Broadway.

The Who's Tommy

The Who's Tommy
Reviewed by Julia Polinsky on April 8, 2024

A visually stunning staging of the seminal rock opera.

The Notebook

The Notebook
Reviewed by Lydia Keidel on March 29, 2024

The Notebook is now retold as a Broadway musical. Bring your tissues!

Merrily

Merrily We Roll Along
Reviewed By Deirdre Donovan on January 8, 2024

Stephen Sondheim's 1981 musical about the importance of friendship returns triumphantly to Broadway after a 42-year absence.

Harmony

How to Dance in Ohio
Reviewed By Deirdre Donovan on December 21, 2023

A poignant new musical that features seven young autistic adults who also identify as autistic in real-life.

Harmony

Harmony
Reviewed By Marc Miller on November 20, 2023

The Barry Manilow/Bruce Sussman historical musical is flawed, but with some outstanding elements: The Manilow melodies, a disturbing timeliness, and Chip Zien.

Gutenberg! The Musical!

Review of Gutenberg! The Musical!
Reviewed by Fern Siegel on October 30, 2023

A thin show, but a crazy, engaging salute to musical theater and the inventor of the printing press.

Back-to-the-Future The Musical

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

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

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

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

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

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

& Juliet

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

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

Almost-Famous

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

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

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MJ
by Deirdre Donovan on February, 18, 2022

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

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

An outrageously overstuffed feast of spectacle and song.

Hamilton
by Michall Jeffers On Jan.13, 2016

Handily combines history and hip hop

Honeymoon In Vegas
by joel Benjamin on Jan. 27

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

Side Show
by Eugene Paul on Nov. 28

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

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

Six
by Fern Siegel on October, 13, 2021

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

Broadway - Plays

A group of people acting

Uncle Vanya
Reviewed By Deirdre Donovan

Chekhov's masterpiece returns to Broadway after a 20 year absence, with a star turn by Steve Carell.

A group of people acting

Appropriate
Reviewed By Fern Siegel

A Southern family is haunted by its past in this racial reckoning.

A group of people sing

Stereophonic
Reviewed By Deirdre Donovan

David Adjmi's new play brilliantly brings alive a rock band on the brink of superstardom.

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Patriots
Reviewed By Marc Miller

A thorough going-over of recent Russian history, anchored by a sterling Michael Stuhlbarg performance. It just never quite catches fire.

Doubt: A Parable

An Enemy of the People
Reviewed By Deirdre Donovan

Succession star Jeremy Strong is riveting in Sam Gold's adaptation of Ibsen's 1882 classic drama.

Doubt: A Parable

Doubt: A Parable
Reviewed by Julia Polinsky on March 21, 2024

A handsome revival of John Patrick Shanley's morally ambiguous play.

The Shark is Broken

Prayer for the French Republic
Reviewed by David Schultz on January 26, 2023

A searing tale of generations of a French Jewish family.

The Shark is Broken

I Need That
Reviewed by Julia Polinsky on November 11, 2023

A funny but tough family story, told in a feel-good 100 intermission-free minutes, with super performances from star Danny DeVito and his daughter, Lucy.

The Shark is Broken

Jaja's African Hair Braiding
Reviewed By by Julia Polinsky on October 23, 2023

Jocelyn Bioh's Jaja's African Hair Braiding is a delightful workplace comedy with a Harlem slant and a heart wrenching twist.

The Shark is Broken

Purlie Victorious A Non-Confederate Romp Through the Cotton Patch
Reviewed By by Julia Polinsky on October 11, 2023

A farce underpinned with rage and tinged with hope, Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through the Cotton Patch plays racism for laughs. Whether you wince, chuckle, shudder or giggle, it's unlikely you'll leave Purlie Victorious unmoved.

Ohio State Murders

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

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

Constellations
by Joel Benjamin on Jan. 20

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

Off-Broadway - Musicals

Illinoise

Teeth
Reviewed By David Schultz on April 08, 2024

Bouncy and Blasphemous musical bares it all.

Illinoise

Illinoise
Reviewed By Deirdre Donovan on March 19, 2024

A new musical at the Park Avenue Armory puts dance front and center.

Jelly's Last Jam

Jelly's Last Jam at Encores!
Reviewed by Julia Polinsky on March 7, 2024

Big, bold, brash, great to look at and listen to, and what a cast: Encores! At City Center has done this 1992 musical about the life of Jelly Roll Morton proud.

A Sign of the Times

A Sign of the Times
Reviewed by Julia Polinsky on February 25, 2024

Charming, funny, sweet, a little angry, and with no surprises, this jukebox musical with a super-duper feel-good finale has the audience wrapped from start to finish.

White Rose

White Rose
Reviewed by Fern Siegel on February 6, 2024

White Rose chronicles the true story of university students who risked their lives to oppose Hitler.

Once Upon a Mattress

Once Upon a Mattress
Reviewed by Deirdre Donovan on February 6, 2024

The New York City Center Encores! Series revives a beguiling 1959 musical comedy, with Sutton Foster leading an inspired cast.

I Can Get It For You Wholesale

I Can Get It For You Wholesale
Reviewed by Marc Miller on December 10, 2023

A solid revival of an underrated musical, but oy veh, is it a downer.

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Amid Falling Walls
Reviewed by Julia Polinsky on December 08, 2023

The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene offers Amid Falling Walls, a moving, hopeful assemblage of Jewish songs and poetry written during the Holocaust.

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

A heartbreaking and harrowing bold new musical.

Off-Broadway - Plays

Sally and Tom

Staff Meal
Reviewed By Julia Polinsky on May 2, 2024

How the world ends: with a confused whimper. In a restaurant. With the staff.

Sally and Tom

Sally and Tom
Reviewed By Julia Polinsky on April 23, 2024

A play, and a play within the play, about Jefferson, Hemings, American history and skin color. Among other things.

Ibsen's Ghost

Ibsen's Ghost - An Irresponsible Biographical Fantasy
Reviewed By David Schultz on March 25, 2024

Charles Busch drags Henrik Ibsen into the modern age in this charming comedy.

The Ally

The Ally
Reviewed By Julia Polinsky on March 03, 2023

A thoughtful, beautifully written and acted group of raw and provocative confrontational monologues, Itamar Moses' The Ally grapples with big questions.

Pericles

Pericles
Reviewed By Deirdre Donovan on February 27, 2023

Fiasco Theater teams up with the Classic Stage Company, mounting a seldom-staged Shakespeare play with imagination and brio.

Aristocrats

On Stage With Theda Bara
Reviewed by Deirdre Donovan on February 27, 2023

David Greenspan's multicharacter solo show is a hyper-intimate production, a terrific mash-up of a gothic coming-of-age story and campy melodrama.

Aristocrats

Warrior Sisters of Wu
Reviewed by Julia Polinsky on February 14, 2023

Pan-Asian Repertory's female-forward re-telling of part of the Three Kingdoms saga from Chinese history, blended with the humor and romance of Pride and Prejudice.

Aristocrats

Aristocrats
Reviewed by Deirdre Donovan on January 29, 2023

Charlotte Moore stages a revival of Brian Friel’s 1979 play at the Irish Repertory Theatre that focuses on an upper-crust Irish Catholic family in decline.

Infinite Life

Monsieur Chopin
Reviewed by Julia Polinsky on November 27, 2023

Monsieur Chopin, Hershey Felder's one-man presentation now at 59E59, is a delightful combination of music and storytelling, presented by a master. Don't miss.

Infinite Life

Arcadia
Reviewed by Fern Siegel on November 27, 2023

Tom Stoppard's Arcadia is a philosophical romp through time and a meditation on the complicated nature of scholarship.

Infinite Life

Waiting for Godot
Reviewed By Deirdre Donovan on November 23, 2023

Michael Shannon and Paul Sparks do a double star turn in Samuel Beckett's great absurdist play about the human condition. At the Polansky Shakespeare Center in Brooklyn.

Infinite Life

Translations
Reviewed by Fern Siegel on November 20, 2023

Set in 1833, Translations chronicles the cultural cost of losing the Irish language to British colonialism.

Infinite Life

Sabbath's Theater
Reviewed by David Schultz on November 20, 2023

John Turturro brings Phillip Roth's sex-obssessed novel to the stage.

Infinite Life

Redwood
Reviewed by Deirdre Donovan on November 7, 2023

Brittany K. Allen writes and stars in her new play about a black family who researches their roots.

Infinite Life

Stereophonic
Reviewed by Julia Polinsky on November 1, 2023

A love story to the creative process of 1970s rock and roll.

Infinite Life

All The Devils Are Here
Reviewed by Deirdre Donovan on October 30, 2023

Patrick Page's new solo show about Shakespeare's villains not only is a tour de force of acting, it is a master class on Shakespeare's baddies.

Infinite Life

Anne Being Frank
Reviewed by Julia Polinsky on October 23, 2023

A one-woman show that asks what might have happened if Anne Frank had continued to write in her diary while she was a prisoner at Bergen-Belsen, and found a publisher in New York after she survived the war.

Infinite Life

Partnership
Reviewed by Marc Miller on October 23, 2023

Elizabeth Baker's 1917 comedy sports some refreshingly modern attitudes about women, and is wrapped up in the Mint Theater's customary old-play expertise.

Infinite Life

Swing State
Reviewed by Fern Siegel on October 11, 2023

Rebecca Gilman's characters wrestle with loneliness and despair in an isolated America.

Infinite Life

Infinite Life
Reviewed by David Schultz on October 03, 2023

A confluence of chronic pain and desire feature in Annie Baker's latest play.

Infinite Life

Dracula Comedy of Terrors
Reviewed by Fern Siegel on September 29, 2023

Dracula: A Comedy of Terrors takes a bite out of fear.

Dig

Dig
Reviewed by Julia Polinsky on September 21, 2023

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

Epiphany

Epiphany
A review by Fern Siegel on July 13, 2022

A dinner party turns into a chance at revelation.

The-Orchard

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

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

Solo Performance

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

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

The-Patsy

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

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

FEATURES

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

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

John Lahr and Tony Kushner on Tennessee Williams
by Joel Benjamin on Oct. 8

Lahr's biography Mad Pilgrimage focuses on the interdependence of Williams’ mental and emotional health and the quality of his writing.

Cabaret/Concerts/Opera's

Broadway-by-the-Season

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

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

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

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

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

Whats-Going-On-Songs-Of-Change

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

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

Garden-of-the-Finzi-Continis

Anyone Can Whistle
by David Schultz on March 28, 2022

Rare one night revival sets off sparks of adulation.

Our Time: Sullivan & Harnar Sing Sondheim
54 Below

By Joel Benjamin on Feb. 12

Two cabaret greats at the top of their game.

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

By Joel Benjamin on Jan. 20

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

Dance

Twyla Now

Twyla Now
By Deirdre Donovan on November 23, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

Regionals

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby
Reviewed by David Schultz on November 1, 2023

This over the top musical adaptation of Fitzgerald's classic tale would be better served if it were a straight play with incidental jazz-inflected music circa the 1920's.

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

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

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The Misanthrope
By Deirdre Donovan on May 24, 2022

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


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a show about sex, and ends with a Stonewall Riot!!
(take a look)

KISMET'S DERBY WINNERS (no replay) HERE:
DERBY HATS GRACE THE RACE

Carol Thomas, citizen of Kismet

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

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

The Producers
By Karen Wahlberg and Denise Gibson on March 26, 2019

Opening Night in Babylon's new Argyle theater was a non-stop laugh-fest.

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

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

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

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

Remembering Joel
December 19, 1944 - September 8, 2012

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

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

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

By Jeannie on August 24, 2018

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

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

The packed Community House rocked with laughter

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

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

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

Pine Walk did it up!

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

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

All About the Monarchs

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

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

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

THE 43RD ANNUAL CHERRY GROVE/PINES INVASION

by Jeannie on July 12, 2018

MOONEY MADNESS AT THE INN

by Jeannie on July 12, 2018

THE WOMEN OF CLUB CUMMING:
A PUNGENT POTPOURRI OF PERFORMERS

HOSTED BY ALAN CUMMING
by Jeannie on July 12, 2018

KISMET's JULY 4 PARADE '18

by Jeannie on July 10, 2018

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

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



by Jeannie on June 29, 2018

PAWS PAUSE for a CAUSE



by Jeannie on June 22, 2018

A MOVING TRIBUTE TO PAIGE KEELY

'She was truly a child of Fire Island'

by Jeannie on June 21, 2018

AMY'S AUCTION ROCKS THE OUT

The KCA returned to its time honored fundraising tradition.

by Jeannie on June 21, 2018

Kismet's Annual KLAW Auction & Flea market

proved some 'fleas' are good

by Jeannie on June 21, 2018

Annual Spring KCA (Kismet Community Association) Meeting

by Jeannie on June 06, 2018

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

MUGS FOR MUGSY

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

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

Jeannie

New Jersey Governor signs bill preventing Offshore Drilling
Cuomo lags behind


by Reuters Staff on April 25, 2018

Remains of old Tappan Zee Bridge will be made into reef


by Shari Logan & Max Jaeger on April 19, 2018

Kismet Halloween17


by Jeanne Lieberman on March 07, 2018

Kismet Kandids - A look back Summer 17

by Jeanne Lieberman on March 07, 2018

Fed plan to drill for oil off LI draws bipartisan protest

Posted on March 03, 2018

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

Posted on February 08, 2018

CARTOON ALLEY END OF SEASON
BLACK & WHITE PARTY


Posted on February 08, 2018

Memorial for Kismet's "Mayor" Brian Crawford



Memorial for Fred "Dutch" Rosenberg




 

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