Month: January 2017

Seen, Read, 2016

As I do annually now, here’s my list of all the media I consumed in 2016, modeled after Steven Soderbergh’s format.

(For the record, I’m not counting the 100+ plays I read for my job at The Public Theater, or  the various workshops and readings I was invited to this year as part of my job. So if you think, “Oh, Jeremy, you don’t read as many plays anymore,” then you don’t know the half of it.)

All caps, bold: MOVIE

All caps, bold, plus asterisk: SHORT*

All caps: TV SERIES

All italics: Book

Quotation Marks: “Play” (in theatres)

Italics and Quotation Marks: “Short Story”

Underlined: Play (read)

1/1: THE AMERICANS (2); DUCK SOUP; EL TOPO

1/2: MR. ROBOT (2); COMEDIANS IN CARS GETTING COFFEE; THE GANG’S ALL HERE

1/3: MR. ROBOT (3)

1/4: CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA

1/5: A LETTER TO THREE WIVES; MR. ROBOT

1/6: THE DANISH GIRL; MR. ROBOT (3)

1/7: MR. ROBOT; MACBETH (2015); LATE SPRING

1/8: THE SQUID AND THE WHALE; MISHIMA: A LIFE IN FOUR CHAPTERS

1/9: PALE FLOWER

1/10: THE REVENANT

1/11: THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST

1/12: BIRDMAN

1/13: Memoirs of Hadrian, Marguerite Yourcenar; CATASTROPHE

1/14: THE BIG SHORT

1/15: A TALE OF TALES* (’79)

1/16: JULIET OF THE SIPRITS; ANOMALISA

1/17: THE AMERICANS (2)

1/18: BEING THERE

1/19: SIMON OF THE DESERT

1/22: The Death Seeker, Gao Xingjian; THE REVENANT

1/23: Final Cut: Dreams and Disaster in the Making of Heaven’s Gate, Steven Bach; “Nice Fish,” “A Big Mess,” “Donkey Show” (all A.R.T.)

1/25: THE READER; The Man Who, Peter Brook and Marie-Héléne Estienne; THE AMERICANS; SON OF SAUL

1/26: CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND; The Rest is Noise: Listening to the 20th Century, Alex Ross

1/27: THE AMERICANS (2)

1/28: THE AMERICANS

1/29: WOMAN IN THE DUNES

1/30: Hurlyburly, David Rabe; REAL TIME; THE AMERICANS (5)

1/31: “An Octoroon” (Arts Emerson); THE MERRY WIDOW (1934); Theatre of Revolt, Robert Brustein

2/1: for colored girls…, Ntozake Shange

2/2: GOSFORD PARK

2/3: WORLD OF TOMORROW*; AMERICAN CRIME STORY: THE PEOPLE VS. OJ SIMPSON; IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER

2/5: HAIL, CAESAR!

2/6: Brown is the New White, Steve Phillips

2/7: Heartbreak House, Bernard Shaw; STAGE DOOR; SUPER BOWL L

2/8: LITTLE WOMEN (1933)

2/9: ALICE ADAMS

2/10: THE KNICK (3); The Right Stuff, Tom Wolfe

2/11: THE KNICK (3); MUSTANG

2/12: THE KNICK; DONALD TRUMP’S THE ART OF THE DEAL: THE MOVIE*; PEOPLE VS. OJ

2/13: Caucasian Chalk Circle, Bertolt Brecht; “Milk Like Sugar” (Huntington)

2/14: THE GOLD RUSH; Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston; CABARET; THE KNICK (2)

2/15: LAST WEEK TONIGHT; THE KNICK (2); Molly’s Dream, Maria Irene Fornes

2/16: BETTER CALL SAUL; CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND (2)

2/18: The London Merchant, George Lillo; “1984” (A.R.T.)

2/19: STRANGER THAN FICTION; “The Essential Ella Maythorne” (Dixon Place)

2/20: “Smart People” (Second Stage); “The Cherry Orchard” (BAM)

2/22: Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee

2/23: The Alchemist, Ben Jonson

2/24: The Other Shore, Gao; PEOPLE VS. OJ (2)

2/25: Persuasion, Jane Austen

2/26: The Weavers, Gerhart Hauptmann; DEADPOOL

2/27: Uncle Tom’s Cabin, George Aitkens; “As You Like It” (A.R.T.)

2/28: A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS; Ecstasy, Robert A. Johnson

2/29: Short Eyes, Miguel Piñero; CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND; A Man For All Seasons, Robert Bolt; They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, adapt. Rick Sparks

3/1: THE WITCH; The Boys in the Band, Mart Crowley

3/2: “Three Sisters” (Arts Emerson)

3/4: “Paul’s Case,” Cather; “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” Bierce; “Hills Like White Elephants,” Hemingway

3/5: THE EXORCIST; REAL TIME

3/6: ZOOTOPIA

3/7: Our Town, Thornton Wilder; A SHORT FILM ABOUT KILLING; PEOPLE VS. OJ; THE FRENCH CONNECTION

3/8: The Madwoman of Chaillot, Jean Giraudoux; The Cocktail Party, T.S. Eliot

3/9: “HMS Pinafore” (Hypocrites at Oberon); PEOPLE VS. OJ

3/10: The House of Bernarda Alba, Federico Garcia Lorca

3/11: The Waltz of the Toreadors, Jean Anouilh

3/12: M. (1951); SAVE THE TIGER

3/13: Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri

3/14: STARSHIP TROOPERS

3/17: The Maids, Jean Genet; “Dying for It” (A.R.T.)

3/18: BETTER CALL SAUL (4)

3/19: THE AMERICANS; It Can’t Happen Here, Sinclair Lewis; REAL TIME; ELMER GANTRY; THE BIG HOUSE

3/20: “Footfalls/Not I/Rockaby” (Arts Emerson); ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, John Ford; The Best Man, Gore Vidal

3/21: RAGTIME; BFI Film Classics: Dr. Strangelove, Peter Kramer; FAIL SAFE

3/22: DR. STRANGELOVE

3/23: The Art of Asking, Amanda Palmer; SLING BLADE

3/24: THE AMERICANS; WAG THE DOG

3/25: COMEDIANS IN CARS; “Antigone Sr./Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at the Judson Church” (ICA)

3/26: BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN; ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN

3/27: CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND; NIGHT OF THE SHOOTING STARS

3/28: THE SACRIFICE; The Well-Curb, Zeami Motokiyo

3/29: “Pelleas et Melisande” (Glyndebourne DVD)

3/30: PEOPLE VS. OJ (3)

3/31: CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND (3)

4/1: THE BLACK STALLION; Sakuntala, Kalidasa; “The Man Who” (Harvard)

4/2: Theory of the Modern Drama, Peter Szondi

4/3: The Secret History, Donna Tartt; THREE COLORS: BLUE

4/4: THREE COLORS: WHITE

4/5: THREE COLORS: RED; I Blame Dennis Hopper, Ileana Douglas

4/6: PEOPLE VS. OJ; “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” (A.R.T.)

4/7: The Jew of Malta, Christopher Marlowe; THE AMERICANS (2); EYE IN THE SKY

4/8: Zoo Story, Edward Albee; “Bootycandy” (Speakeasy)

4/14: The Appeal, Young Jean Lee; “Hear Word” (A.R.T.)

4/15: UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT (2) THE KNICK (3)

4/16: UKS; “Footfalls/Not I/Rockaby” (NYU Skirball); CHILDREN OF MEN

4/17: UKS (2); “Hold On to Me Darling” (Atlantic)

4/18: FROM CALIGARI TO HITLER; The Rover, Aphra Behn; THE KNICK (3); Cardboard Piano, Hansol Jung

4/19: CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND (2); Hamilton: The Revolution, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter

4/20: YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE

4/21: The Stronger, August Strindberg; Six Characters in Search of an Author, Luigi Pirandello; “Historia de Amor” (Arts Emerson); UKS

4/22: UKS (2); When We Dead Awaken, Henrik Ibsen; GREEN ROOM

4/23: “The Peony Pavilion” (Chen Shi-Zeng, video); BETTER CALL SAUL (2)

4/24: DR. MABUSE, THE GAMBLER; LEMONADE; GAME OF THRONES; SILICON VALLEY

4/25: DER MUDE TOD; VEEP; THE AMERICANS; LAND WITHOUT BREAD*

4/26: NAKED LUNCH; THE AMERICANS

4/27: UKS (5)

4/28: PATTON OSWALT: TALKING FOR CLAPPING; THE AMERICANS

4/29: KEANU; THE LEFTOVERS (2)

4/30: THE LEFTOVERS (3); DIARY OF A LOST GIRL

5/1: GAME OF THRONES; SILICON VALLEY

5/2: Under the Net, Iris Murdoch; THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS; BUGSY

5/3: The Rolling Stone, Chris Urch; Common Sense, Thomas Paine; THE KNICK

5/5: THE AMERICANS; The School for Wives, Moliere; “Roosevelvis” (A.R.T.)

5/6: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

5/7: REAL TIME; THE WEST WING (3); The Knights, Aristophanes

5/8: THE WEST WING; THE JUNGLE BOOK (2016); THE SOCIAL NETWORK; GAME OF THRONES

5/9: THE WEST WING (3); “In the Body of the World” (A.R.T.)

5/10: SILICON VALLEY; EASTERN PROMISES; THE WEST WING

5/11: THE WEST WING (3)

5/12: THE WEST WING; MONEY MONSTER

5/13: SING STREET

5/14: “Happy Days” (Yale Rep); VEEP (2)

5/15: “The Judas Kiss” (BAM); GAME OF THRONES; SILICON VALLEY; VEEP

5/16: MARY TYLER MOORE; CATCH-22

5/17: MAKING A MURDERER

5/18: THE AMERICANS; MAKING A MURDERER; “Indecent” (Vineyard)

5/19: THE NIGHT MANAGER; THE AMERICANS

5/20: THE NIGHT MANAGER; “The Father” (MTC)

5/21: LADY DYNAMITE (2); “Shuffle Along” (Broadway)

5/22: “Hangmen” (National Theatre Live); SILICON VALLEY

5/23: GAME OF THRONES; VEEP; KES

5/24: MTM; THE WEST WING

5/25: THE LOBSTER; THE WEST WING

5/26: THE AMERICANS

5/27: “A Big Mess” (A.R.T.)

5/28: ANNIE HALL; THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE (2)

5/29: ALL IN THE FAMILY; “Dear Evan Hansen” (Second Stage); SILICON VALLEY

5/30: THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE (3); VEEP; GAME OF THRONES; THE DRESSER (2016)

5/31: TO DIE FOR; RAGING BULL; THE KNICK (2)

6/2: LE MILLION; THE AMERICANS; THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE (4)

6/3: LOVE & FRIENDSHIP; THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE (4)

6/4: “Oklahoma!” (Trinity Rep); WHEN WE WERE KINGS

6/5: WEINER; BLOODLINE; GAME OF THRONES; SILICON VALLEY

6/6: VEEP; GRIZZLY MAN

6/7: DRAGON INN

6/8: A NOUS LA LIBERTE; THE NIGHT MANAGER; THE AMERICANS

6/9: THE NIGHT MANAGER

6/10: THE FALLEN IDOL; BLOODLINE

6/11: THE NIGHT MANAGER (2); ULZANA’S RAID

6/12: SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS; THE TONY AWARDS

6/14: FULL FRONTAL; SILICON VALLEY; VEEP; Dressing Room Stories, Alvin Epstein and Jonathan Fried

6/15: O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA (2)

6/16: O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA; LA DOLCE VITA

6/17: DE PALMA; ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (4)

6/18: FINDING DORY; O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA (2)

6/19: GAME OF THRONES (2); Middlemarch, George Eliot; SILICON VALLEY; VEEP

6/20: 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS, AND 2 DAYS; OITNB (2)

6/21: OITNB (6)

6/22: OITNB; THE LAST TYCOON; DO THE RIGHT THING

6/23: THE HOSPITAL

6/24: “True West” (2000, Lincoln Center Archives); “The King and I” (Lincoln Center)

6/25: “The Square Root of Three Sisters” (Yale)

6/26: MY COUSIN VINNY; GAME OF THRONES; SILICON VALLEY; VEEP

6/27: JULIUS CAESAR

6/28: THE FABULOUS BAKER BOYS

6/29: CLUELESS; FREDDY GOT FINGERED; “Twelfth Night” (Central Square Theatre)

6/30: BROAD CITY

7/2: “Shuffle Along”; UP

7/3: BLOOD SIMPLE

7/5: “Fences” (1987, Lincoln Center Archives)

7/6: “King Hedley II” (2001, Lincoln Center Archives)

7/7: My Life in Middlemarch, Rebecca Mead; OVERLORD

7/8: THE BFG; “Privacy” (Public Theater)

7/9: GEORGE STEVENS: A FILMMAKER’S JOURNEY

7/10: THE TRAVELLING PLAYERS; THE NIGHT OF

7/11: ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN

7/12: Uncommon Women and Others, Wendy Wasserstein

7/13: THE WEST WING (3)

7/14: Endgame, Samuel Beckett; THE WEST WING (4)

7/15: THE WEST WING; LES DOULOS

7/16: HUSBANDS

7/17: GHOSTBUSTERS (2016); KINGS OF THE ROAD; THE NIGHT OF

7/18: Live from New York, James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales; THE RNC

7/19: SOULS FOR SALE; Emma, Austen; STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON

7/20: THE PAPER CHASE; THE KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE

7/21: LOVE STREAMS

7/22: BOJACK HORSEMAN (2); ULYSSES’ GAZE

7/23: CAFÉ SOCIETY

7/24: BOJACK HORSEMAN (2)

7/25: THE DNC

7/26: BOJACK HORSEMAN (2); I Remember Mama, John Van Druten; THE DNC

7/27: GRAND ILLUSION; Death of a Salesman, Miller; THE DNC

7/28: “The Overcoat,” Gogol; BOJACK HORSEMAN (2); MR. ROBOT (2)

7/29: MR. ROBOT; THE WEST WING

7/30: THE WEST WING; MR. ROBOT; KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN

7/31: BROADWAY DANNY ROSE

8/1: GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK

8/2: “Troilus and Cressida” (Shakespeare in the Park)

8/3: THE RKO STORY

8/4: CARL TH. DREYER – MY METIER; SUICIDE SQUAD; BATMAN

8/5: STRANGER THINGS

8/6: INDIGNATION; BOJACK HORSEMAN

8/7: BOJACK HORSEMAN (3)

8/8: THE OLYMPICS; VISIONS OF LIGHT

8/9: “Fun Home” (Broadway); THE OLYMPICS

8/10: “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” (Broadway); THE OLYMPICS

8/11: Mets vs. Diamondbacks at CitiField

8/12: TEN CLOVERFIELD LANE; THE NIGHT OF

8/13: THE NIGHT OF; FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS

8/14: STRANGER THINGS (3); Edward Gordon Craig, Denis Bablet

8/15: STRANGER THINGS (3)

8/16: STRANGER THINGS; FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL

8/17: THE PEANUTS MOVIE; SCENT OF A WOMAN

8/18: SAUSAGE PARTY; MR. ROBOT (3)

8/19: REAR WINDOW; JAWS

8/20: I LOVE DICK; ROME

8/21: Silence, Shusako Endo; SABRINA

8/22: SUNRISE

8/23: CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND

8/24: WAITING FOR GUFFMAN

8/25: RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK

8/26: MONEYBALL

8/27: Slouching Towards Bethlehem, Joan Didion

8/28: E.T.

8/29: SCHINDLER’S LIST

8/30: SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU

8/31: WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY; “Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education” (A.R.T.)

9/1: I Love Dick, Chris Kraus

9/2; POPSTAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING; BURROUGHS: THE MOVIE; STEVE JOBS

9/3: THE NIGHT OF

9/4: BIRDMAN; THE NIGHT OF

9/5: THE NEW WORLD; HELL OR HIGH WATER

9/6: SNOWDEN

9/8: “A View from the Bridge” (Ahmanson); Libra, Don DeLillo

9/9: AUTHOR: THE JT LEROY STORY; ONE MISSISSIPPI (3)

9/10: SULLY; ONE MISSISSIPPI (3)

9/11: MUNICH

9/14: Mao II, DeLillo; THE NIGHT OF

9/15: SOUTH PARK; ATLANTA (2)

9/16: LA NOTTE

9/18: “Phaedra(s)” (BAM)

9/20: Stoner, John Edward Williams

9/21: TV: The Book, Matt Zoller Seitz and Alan Sepinwall; ATLANTA (2)

9/22: SOUTH PARK

9/23: TRANSPARENT (4)

9/24: DR. HORRIBLE’S SING-ALONG BLOG; TRANSPARENT

9/25: Faultfinders, Mark Osterloh

9/26: INTO THE WILD; THE FIRST PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE

9/27: DOCUMENTARY NOW! (2)

9/28: “Hamlet” (Public); ATLANTA

9/29: SOUTH PARK; “Songs of Lear” (BAM); DOCUMENTARY NOW!

9/30: THE DEER HUNTER; “Battlefield” (BAM)

10/1: TRANSPARENT; I, DANIEL BLAKE

 10/2: MANCHESTER BY THE SEA; MOONLIGHT

 10/3: PATERSON

 10/4: TONI ERDMANN

 10/5: Hungry, Richard Nelson; ZERO DARK THIRTY

10/6: FULL FRONTAL; THE BIRTH OF A NATION (’16)

10/7: 13TH; PERSONAL SHOPPER

10/8: “What Did You Expect” (Public); Butcher’s Crossing, Williams; 20TH CENTURY WOMEN

10/9: WESTWORLD (2); THE 2ND PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE

10/10: BEST WORST THING THAT EVER COULD’VE HAPPENED

10/11: FULL FRONTAL

10/12: “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” (Broadway)

10/13: SOUTH PARK; JACKIE

10/14: A Season in Hell, Arthur Rimbaud; ATLANTA (2)

10/15: BILLY LYNN’S LONG HALFTIME WALK; THE LOST CITY OF Z

10/16: “The Plough and the Stars” (Abbey Theatre at Annenberg Center, Penn)

10/17: ONE-EYED JACKS

10/18: “The Front Page” (Broadway)

10/19: The Natural, Bernard Malamud; “Don Giovanni” (The Met)

10/20: SOUTH PARK; ATLANTA; “A Life Behind Bars” (United Solo Festival)

10/22: “Underground Railroad Game” (Ars Nova)

10/23: SLEUTH (’72); AMERICAN HONEY

10/24: FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED

10/25: THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN; MEAN GIRLS

10/26: Cyprus Avenue, David Ireland; THE GOOD EARTH

10/27: SOUTH PARK

10/28: DOCUMENTARY NOW! (2)

10/29: REDS

10/31: LES DIABOLIQUES

11/1: THE WORLD’S GREATEST SINNER; “Party People” (Public)

11/2: WORLD SERIES GAME SEVEN: CUBS VS. INDIANS

11/4: THE NATURAL; DOCTOR STRANGE; BASEBALL (Ken Burns)

11/5: CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND (2)

11/6: CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND; “Kings of War” (BAM); BASEBALL

11/7: A Good Man is Hard to Find, Flannery O’Connor; PRIMARY

 11/8: FULL FRONTAL; LOVING

 11/9: SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN

11/10: THE WIZARD OF OZ

11/11: ARRIVAL; “The Trade Federation, or, Let’s Explore Globalization Through the Star Wars Prequels” (Columbia School of the Arts)

11/12: “The Front Page”; The Normal Heart, Larry Kramer; YANKEE DOODLE DANDY

11/13: CASABLANCA

11/14: THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD

11/15: The Skin of Our Teeth, Thornton Wilder; “Tiny Beautiful Things” (Public)

11/16: BASEBALL

11/17: “Fallujah” (NYC Opera)

11/18: NOCTURNAL ANIMALS; “Jamesie,” J.F. Powers

11/19: “‘Master Harold’…and the Boys” (Signature); CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND

11/20: “Plenty” (Public); HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN

11/22: THE INCREDIBLES; SEARCH PARTY (2)

11/23: SEARCH PARTY (5); MOONLIGHT

11/24: SEARCH PARTY (3); VERY BRITISH PROBLEMS

11/25: MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

11/26: SOUTH PARK; MOANA; TOY STORY

11/28: CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF; BETTER CALL SAUL (3)

11/29: TRANSPARENT; ARCHER

11/30: “The Wolves” (Playwrights Realm)

12/1: SOUTH PARK; TRANSPARENT (3); “Motherland” (Issue Project Room)

12/2: ELLE

12/3: “Women of a Certain Age” (Public); THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER

12/4: “Frankenstein” (NTL); THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN

12/6: CERTAIN WOMEN

12/7: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut; THE BIG SHORT

12/8: SOUTH PARK; “La Boheme” (Met)

12/9: LA LA LAND; OTHER PEOPLE

12/10: CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND

12/11: SEPARATE TABLES

12/12: PERSEPOLIS

12/13: HACKSAW RIDGE; HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT

12/14: “You’re Not Alone Anymore” (Stella Adler Studio); AIRPLANE!

12/17: Hitchcock/Truffaut, François Truffaut; “Appropriate” (Juilliard)

12/18: EVERY LITTLE STEP; FENCES

12/19: MOONSTRUCK

12/20: THE TREE OF WOODEN CLOGS

12/22: NORTH BY NORTHWEST; WALTZ WITH BASHIR

12/24: ATLANTA (2) FLEABAG

12/25: FLEABAG (3)

12/26: FLEABAG; SILENCE; DIE HARD

12/27: ROGUE ONE

12/28: POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE; JACKIE

12/29: THE HANDMAIDEN

12/30: FLEABAG; CARLOS

12/31: MCCABE & MRS. MILLER

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