Bare Bones wins “Best Live Theater on Long Island” award

BethpageBestof_logosSelling 2,000 tickets annually to theatergoers from across Long Island and New York City has paid off!  The Bare Bones DRAMATICALLY DIFFERENT brand, offering substantive, challenging and entertaining art all year long, is meeting a need.  Read the article in the Northport Observer.


Jacqueline Misholy named Best Actress on Long Island in voting



The accomplished actress, a native of Northport now living in Setauket, took the honor for her role as Grandma Kurnitz in Neil Simon’s Lost in Yonkers.  Read the article.


Newsday’s review of Reasons to be Pretty

“Expect fireworks, as only Neil LaBute could set them off — in Bare Bones Theater’s production of the playwright’s first play to make it to Broadway.”  Read the full review.





Northport’s Bare Bones Theater Showcases North and South Shore Talent

press-release1In its choice of plays, the Bare Bones Theater Company has always danced to a different drummer. Audiences have enjoyed productions ranging from hard-hitting classics such as Tennessee Williams “A Streetcar Named Desire” and Arthur Miller’s “A View From the Bridge” to Woody Allen’s comedic “Play It Again, Sam” and Neil Simon’s “Fools.” Read More


Two Tales Fit for a (Stephen) King (Newsday)


Let’s face it. A horror fantasy that takes itself seriously – with possible exception of a Stephen King novel – isn’t to be taken, you know seriously. We’re all grown-ups. At least, I hope all of us in the upstairs space occupied by the Base Bones Theater Company are, in part, because of the coarse language that laces each macabre one-act play in the world premiere of Glen Cove author Frederick of Glen Cove author Frederick Stroppel’s “Dead of Night.” Read More

World Premiere of Frederick Stroppe’s ‘Dead of Night’ (

It is such a treat to be able to say “I saw it first.” In the world premier of Frederick Stroppe’s two new wonderfully intense plays, collectively called Dead of Night, we find alot of suspense with a little comedy mixed in ala’ Alfred Hitchcock. Read More


‘Scapino!’ Leaves Audiences Laughing (Long Islander)

pressrelease4For an acting troupe that says it produces shows on shoe-string budgets, BareBones Theater Company certainly has some meat to it.

Saturday night’s sold-out production of “Scapino!” in Northport was much more than this first-time Bare Bones audience… Read More


The Beauty Queen of Leenane  (Newsday)

pressrelease5What it’s not unusual for a play by Martin McDonagh to send you into giddy waves of laughter one minute and to wipe the smile off your face the next. Comic human frality and misplaced trust collide with stark meanness and violence in “The Beauty Queen of Leenane,” one in a trilogy of McDonagh plays set in the Connemara mountains of County Galway, Ireland. Read More


Maureen’s Ticket Out? Maybe a Man (Newsday review of The Beauty Queen of Leenane)

Virginity must be a terrible burden when you’re 40 and without prospects. So imagine the thrill: A man she’s about to spend the night with calls her “the beauty queen of Leenane.” Read More

An Author’s Life is Hardly an Open Book (Newsday review of Brooklyn Boys)

Who says you can’t go home again? Yeah, we know: Thomas Wolfe. But when your father’s in the hospital for what he says is the last time, any good son comes home, and Eric Weiss is a good son. Read More

Way Off Broadway: Northport (Newsday)


It’s not exactly the Great White Way. But Main Street in Northport could be called Long Island’s “Little Broadway.”

Aside from one full professional playhouse, the John W. Engeman Theater, which delivers its cast to and from Manhattan by limousine, Northport has three other theaters on Main Street, plus one more around the corner – Off Little Broadway. Read More

In a New Play, Capturing the Drama of High School Theater (The New York Times story about Theater Games)

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Years ago, Claude Solnik, a journalist and playwright, heard Jeff Bennett, a drama teacher, talk about his textbook “Secondary Stages: Revitalizing High School Theater” (Heinemann, 2001), and was intrigued by what wasn’t in it. Read More


Theater Down to the ‘Bare Bones’ (Long Islander)


Jeff Bennett has always loved the theater and it shows. As founder and artistic director of the Bare Bones Theater Company in Northport, Bennett has been a local champion in bringing innovative, solid dramas and comedies to local audiences since 2000. Read More


 Circle Mirror Transformation Debuts at Bare Bones (Northport Observer)

press-release9Circle Mirror Transformation debuts at Bare Bones Theater this weekend the lovelorn Schultz, but will it last? And when James confides in Theresa about a ‘minor’ infidelity during his first marriage that is presently cause for dissention, is he dropping a hint? Read More


Getting to the Bare Bones of ‘Streetcar’ (Long Islander review of Streetcar Named Desire)

press-release10Tennessee Williams had a nasty habit of exposing the human condition and making audiences face parts of themselves they would rather ignore. And they loved him for it. His play “A Streetcar Named Desire” examined people’s desires, fantasy worlds and how they protect themselves for hurt. Read More