At the last minute you've decided you don't want to stay home and watch TV - again - as the Times Square ball drops at midnight. Or maybe you have an invitation, but you want to get out of it by saying, "Sorry, but we've made plans." Thanks to these Long Island theaters, here are some plans you can still make.
AULD LANG SYNE, COUNTRY-STYLE
When they say "Always . . . Patsy Cline" at AIRPORT PLAYHOUSE, they mean on New Year's Eve, too. See a performance of the hit revue of the late country star's life in lyrics, followed by a late-night cabaret show. Plus a hot and cold buffet, Champagne, wine, coffee and dessert. 8 p.m., curtain at 9, $70; 218 Knickerbocker Ave., Bohemia, airportplayhouse.com, 631-589-7588, reservations required.
HAVE A SEXY NEW YEAR
ARENA PLAYERS offers "Under the Yum Yum Tree," the story of a socially enterprising bachelor who gets a job managing a gender-segregated apartment building - single women only! Pastries, wine, coffee and Champagne. 9:30 p.m., $50, buy one, get half off a second ticket; 296 Rte. 109, East Farmingdale, arenaplayers.org, 516-293-0674
BROADHOLLOW'S STUDIO THEATRE celebrates with "Striking 12," a New Year's Eve humbug musical - think Scrooge in a party hat - reading "The Little Match Girl" instead of watching "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve." Improv comedy follows. Wine and cheese, dessert and a midnight Champagne toast. 9:30 p.m., $50, broadhollow.org, 631-581-2700.
CABARET SUPPER PARTY
CM PERFORMING ARTS serves a hot buffet dinner catered by Saviano's, a satellite telecast of the Times Square countdown, followed by one of the first cabaret shows of 2010, plus dessert and coffee. 9 p.m., $70, 931 Montauk Hwy., Oakdale, cmpac.com, 631-218-2810 for reservations
THIS YEAR'S BEEN A CIRCUS
To send 2009 off on a high-flying note, GATEWAY PLAYHOUSE has booked Cirque Le Masque to take you away to "Rio," its latest aerialist and acrobatic circus-style stage show. A suitably family-style New Year's Eve at the Patchogue Theatre. 10:30 p.m., $85, 71 E. Main St., Patchogue, gatewayplayhouse.com, 631-286-1133
LAUGH IT OFF
It's been a "Decade of Laughs." Or so they're saying at the SMITHTOWN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, which is offering a night of adult humor. (Leave the kids and prissy relatives home.) Italian hors d'oeuvres, light fare and a beer-and-wine open bar, dessert at intermission and a midnight Champagne toast. 8:30 p.m., curtain at 10, $70, 2 E. Main St., Smithtown, smithtownpac.org, 631-724-3700
The Long Island Comedy Festival celebrates with a New Year's Eve show at THEATRE THREE, hosted by Paul Anthony and featuring Stevie G.B., Chris Roach, Vegas and Atlantic City headliner Carie Karavas. The 90-minute show gets you out in time to party till midnight and beyond. You can toast early with complimentary Champagne. $35, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson, theatrethree.com, 631-928-9100