Thursday, December 31, 2015

The Movies, Books, Theater, Concerts, CDs, Etc. I Saw/Read/Attended In 2015



Updated December 31, 2015


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(Increasingly, I am sampling books, reading 10%, 20% even 40 or 50% before deciding to move on. The books below are only the ones I've read completely. That also explains what looks like generous grading -- more and more, if I sense a book is not going to be among my favorites, I stop reading. Too many books; too little time!)

1. Mightier Than The Sword (Clifton Chronicles Vol. 5) by Jeffrey Archer **
2. The Marriage Game by Alison Weir ***
3. I'm Glad I Did by Cynthia Weil ** 1/2
4. One Nation, Under Gods by Peter Manseau *** 1/2
5. Always Magic In The Air: The Bomp and Brilliance Of The Brill Building by Ken Emerson ** 1/2
6. God's Bankers by Gerald Posner ***
7. The Future Of The Catholic Church With Pope Francis by Garry Wills ** 1/2
8. The Francis Miracle by John L. Allen ** 1/2
9. The Age Of Acquiescence by Steve Fraser ***/
10. The Monopolists by Mary Pilon ***
11. Early Warning by Jane Smiley ****
12. Nightbird by Alice Hoffman **
13. The Tightrope Walkers by David Almond ****
14. The Tropic Of Serpents by Marie Brennan ***
15. Voyage Of The Basilisk by Marie Brennan ***
16. Hissing Cousins by Marc Peyser and Timothy Dwyer ***
17. Voices In The Night by Steven Millhauser ****
18. Words Without Music by Philip Glass ***
19. Between You And Me by Mary Norris ***
20. Murder Is Bad Manners by Robin Stevens ** 1/2
21. Capital Dames by Cokie Roberts ***
22. Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris ** 1/2
23. Day Shift by Charlaine Harris ***
24. The Wright Brothers by David McCullough ***
25. The Railway Children by E. Nesbit ***
26. The Light Princess by George MacDonald w illus by Maurice Sendak ** 1/2\
27. The Bill Of Rights by Carol Berkin ***
28. Tiger Boy by Mitali Perkins ** 1/2
29. And Sometimes I Wonder About You by Walter Mosley ***
30. The Millionaire And The Bard by Andrea Mays ** 1/2
31. Uprooted by Naomi Novik *** 1/2
32. The School For Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin **
33. The Book  Of Aron by Jim Shepard *** 1/2
34. Little Girl Lost by Richard Aleas ** 1/2
35. Irrationally Yours by Dan Ariely ** 1/2
36. My First Hundred Years In Show Business by Mary Louise Wilson *** 1/2
37. Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson *** 1/2
38. Circling The Sun by Paula McLain ***
39. In The Unlikely Event by Judy Blume ***
40. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling ** 1/2
41. Paper Towns by John Green ***
42. Looking For Alaska by John Green ***\
43. Fool's Quest by Robin Hobb ***
44. The Glass Sentence by S.E. Grove ***/
45. The Curious World Of Calpurnia Tate ***
46. The Intern's Handbook by Shane Kuhn ** 1/2
47. Hostile Takeover by Shane Kuhn ***
48. Mister Max: The Book Of Lost Things by Cynthia Voigt ***
49. Mister Max: The Book Of Secrets by Cynthia Voigt *** 1/2
50. Mister Max: The Book Of Kings by Cynthia Voigt ****
51. Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter *** 1/2
52. Pope Francis Among The Wolves by Marco Politi ** 1/2
53. Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid ***/
54. Our Man In Charleston by Christopher Dickey ***
55. Katrina by Gary Rivlin ** 1/2
56. Slice Harvester by Colin Atrophy Hegendorf *** 1/2
57. We Believe The Children by Richard Beck *** 1/2
58. Carrying Albert Home by Homer Hickam *** /
59. South Toward Home by Margaret Eby ***
60. Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam ****
61. The Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness ***/
62. Sorcerer To The Crown by Zen Cho ***
63. Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster *** 1/2
64. Jade Dragon Mountain by Elsa Hart ***
65. Stand-Off By Andrew Smith *** 1/2
66. Finale by Thomas Mallon ***/
67. 1944: FDR And The Year That Changed History by Jay Winik *** 1/2
68. Symphony For The City Of The Dead by M.T. Anderson ****
69. Razzle Dazzle by Michael Riedel ** 1/2
70. Saving Capitalism by Robert Reich ** 1/2
71. A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston ***
72. Newt's Emerald by Garth Nix ** 1/2
73. Golden Age by Jane Smiley *** 1/2
74. The Silent Boy by Andrew Taylor ** 1/2
75. Sinatra: The Chairman by James Kaplan ***\
76. The Coalwood Way by Homer Hickam *** 1/2
77. The Keeper's Son by Homer Hickam ***/
78. Slade House by David Mitchell ***
79. Avenue Of Mysteries by John Irving ***
80. Dear Mr. You by Mary Louise Parker *** 1/2
81. Cast Of Characters by Thomas Vinciguerra ** 1/2
82. The Great Surge by Steve Radelet ***
83. The Cinder Spires: Aeronaut's Windlass by Jim Butcher *** 1/2
84. Beatlebone by Kevin Barry ***
85. How To Catch A Bogle by Catherine Jenkins ***
86. A Plague Of Bogles by Catherine Jenkins ***
87. Memory Theater by Simon Critchley ***
88. The Constable's Tale by Donald Smith ** 1/2
89. Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates ****
90. A Brief History Of Creation by Bill Mesler and H. James Cleaves II *** 1/2
91. All About Sam by Lois Lowry ** 1/2
92. It's All Your Fault by Paul Rudnick (2016 release) ***
93. This Divided Island by Samanth Subramanian *** 1/2
94. The Revenant by Michael Punke *** 1/2
95. The Last Bogler by Catherine Jinks ***
96. Lizzie and the Lost Baby by Cheryl Blackford ***
97. Bryant And May And The Burning Man by Christopher Fowler *** 1/2
98. The Tevye Stories and Other Stories by Sholem Aleichem *** 1/2
99. Robert B. Parker's Ironhorse by Robert Knott ** 1/2
100. Robert B. Parker's Bull River by Robert Knott ** 1/2




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1. Fall Out Boy -- American Beauty/American Psycho ***/
2. Diana Krall -- Wallflower ** 1/2
3. Steve Earle -- Terraplane *** 1/2
4. The Lone Bellow -- Then Came The Morning *** 1/2
5. The Waterboys -- Modern Blues ***
6. The Subways -- The Subways **
7. Lee Ann Womack -- The Way I'm Livin' (2014) ** 1/2
8. Kris Allen -- Horizons (2014) ** 1/2
9. Bob Dylan -- Shadows In The Night ***/
10. Old Crow Medicine Show -- Carry Me Back (2012) ***
11. Sleater Kinney -- No Cities To Love ** 1/2
12. Dakota Staton -- Dynamic! (1958) ***
13. Courtney Barnett -- Sometimes I Just Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit *** 1/2 \
14. Martin Sexton -- Mixtape Of The Open Road *** (esp "Do It Daily")
15. Marina And The Diamonds -- Froot **
16. Mick Flannery -- By The Rule ** (esp "Get What You Give")
17. Amy LaVere and Will Sexton -- Hallelujah, I'm A Dreamer *** 1/2
18. Andrew Combs -- All These Dreams *** (esp "Strange Bird")
19. Brian Setzer -- Rockabilly Riot (2014) ** 1/2
20. Nellie McKay -- My Weekly Reader ***
21. The Tallest Man On Earth -- Dark Bird Is Home ****
22. Ozark Henry -- Paramount ***
23. Randy Travis -- Influence Vol. 2: The Man I Am (2014) ** 1/2
24. Bill Ryder-Jones -- Home Recordings Jan/Feb 2015 ** 1/2
25. Sufjan Stevens -- Carrie And Lowell ****
26. Bill Fay -- Who Is The Sender? ***
27. Tobias Jesso Jr. -- Goon **
28. The Staples Singers -- Freedom Highway Complete ** 1/2 (poorly miked concert; bad sound)
29. Steve Earle -- Terraplane *** 1/2
30. Various Artists -- Zomba Prison Project ** 1/2
31. Leonard Cohen -- Can't Forget: A Souvenir Of The Grand Tour ***
32. Kendrick Lamar -- To Pimp A Butterfly *** 1/2
33. Father John Misty -- I Love You Honeybear ** 1/2
34. Drew Holcomb -- Medicine **
35. The Honeydrips -- In The City **
36. John Grant -- Strongroom (EP) *** 1/2
37. Kasey Chambers -- Bittersweet **
38. Kodaline -- Coming Up For Air **
39. Lady Lamb The Beekeeper -- After **
40. Loudon Wainwright III -- Haven't Got The Blues (Yet) ***
41. Matt Wertz -- Old Flames **
42. Richard Thompson -- Acoustic Classics (2014) ***
43. The White Birch -- The Weight Of Spring * 1/2
44. The Watkins Family Hour -- The Watkins Family Hour * 1/2
45. Vetiver -- Complete Strangers ** 1/2
46. The Vespers -- Sisters and Brothers **
47. Two Gallants -- We Come Undone ** 1/2
48. Tony Joe White -- The Complete Collection **
49. Tom Broseau -- Perfect Abandon **
50. Toni Braxton And Babyface --- Love, Marriage And Divorce (2014) ***/
51. Steve Gunn -- Seasonal Hire ***
52. The Staves -- Dead And Born And Grown **
53. San Cisco -- Gracetown **
54. Robert Earl Keen -- Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions ** 1/2
55. Sean Watkins -- All I Do Is Lie **
56. Seth Avett And Jessica Lea Mayfield -- Sing Elliot Smith ***
57. Shakey Graves -- And The War Came (2014) ***
58. Shakey Graves -- Nobody's Fool (2015) *** 1/2
59. Kelly Clarkson -- Piece By Piece ***
60. James McMurtry -- Complicated Game ** 1/2
61. She And Him -- Classics (2014) *** 1/2
62. Garth Brooks -- Man Against Machine (2014) **
63. Shelby Lynne -- I Can't Imagine ** 1/2
64. Leon Bridges -- Coming Home **
65. James Taylor -- Before This World ** 1/2
66. Boz Scaggs -- A Fool To Care ***
67. Jason Isbell -- Something More Than Free ***/
68. Davy Knowles -- The Outsider **
69. Josh Ritter -- Sermon On The Rocks ** (but final track "Man On A Horse" a keeper)
70. Richard Thompson -- Still ** 1/2
71. Trailhead -- Leave Me To Learn **
72. Lindi Ortega -- Faded Gloryville *** 1/2\
73. Daniel Romano -- If I've Only One Time Askin' *** 1/2\
74. Ernestine Anderson -- Swings The Penthouse (1962 concert) ***/
75. Lesley Gore -- Girl Talk (1964) ***/
76. Lianne La Havas -- Blood ***
77. Curtis Harding -- Soul Power (2014) **
78. Sean Taylor -- ** 1/2
79. Mika -- No Place In Heaven ***
80. Langhorne Slim -- The Spirit Moves ** 1/2
81. Iris DeMent -- The Trackless Woods *** 1/2/
82. Jack Savoretti -- Scars **
83. The Wands -- The Wands ** 1/2
84. Ruthann Friedman -- The Complete Constant Companion Sessions (1969) ***/
85. Johnny Mathis -- So Nice (1966) ** 1/2
86. East Anderson -- Delilah ***/
87. Darlene Love -- Introducing Darlene Love ** 1/2
88. Kasey Musgraves -- Pageant Material  ***  1/2
89. Various Artists -- Country Soul [sic] ** 1/2
90. Family Of The Year -- Family Of The Year **
91. Samantha Fish -- Wild Hearts **
92. Run Boy Run -- Something To Someone (2014) **
93. Fotheringay -- Fotheringay (1970) ****
94. Fotheringay -- Fotheringay 2 (1971-ish) *** 1/2
95. Old Man Luedecke -- Domestic Eccentric **
96. Garnet Mimms -- Looking For You: The Complete United Artists and Veep Singles (1963-1967) ****
97. Courtney Barnett -- Double EP: A Sea Of Spilt Peas (2014) *** 1/2
98. Jill Scott -- Woman *** 1/2
99. Marion Williams -- Gospel Soul Of Marion Williams ****
100. Public Enemy -- Man Plans God Laughs ** 1/2
101. Various Artists -- Southpaw Soundtrack ** 1/2
102. Beirut -- No No No **
103. Boz Scaggs -- A Fool To Care *** 1/2 (better on repeated listening)
104. Anna and Elizabeth -- Anna and Elizabeth ** (Appalachian face)
105. The Kingston Trio -- Greatest Hits **
106. George Benson -- The Best Of George Benson **
107. What's Eating Gilbert -- That New Sound You're Looking For **
108. The Weeknd -- Beauty Behind The Madness ** 1/2
109. Janis Ian -- Anthology **
110. Bruce Hornsby -- Essential **
111. Fotheringay -- Nothing More: Collected *** 1/2
112. Fleetwood Mac -- Play On ****
113. The Fratellis -- Eyes Wide Tongue Tied *** 1/2
114. Findlay Brown -- Slow Light **
115. Greg Trooper -- Live At The Rock Room **
116. Freddy Cole -- Singing The Blues (2014) ** 1/2
117. The Strypes -- Little Victories **
118. Procol Harum -- Shine On Brightly (1968)  ***/
119. Prince -- HitnRun Phase One ***\
120. Lesley Gore -- California Nights (1967) ***/
121. Marine Dreams -- Producer's Wonderland ** 1/2
122. Years And Years -- Communion ** 1/2
123. Steep Canyon Rangers -- Radio **
124. Meg Baird -- Don't Weigh Down The Light **
125. Leigh Nash -- The State I'm In ***
126. Rhodes -- Wishes *** (romantic, anthemic pop w great arrangements)
127. Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin -- Lost Time ***\
128. Bones -- Powder *** 1/2\
129. Bones -- HateToBreakItToYou ***
130. Tony Bennett and Bill Charlap -- The Silver Lining *** 1/2
131. David Bowie -- Hunky Dory (1971) ****
132. David Bowie -- Space Oddity (1969) *** 1/2
133. David Bowie -- Aladdin Sane (1973) *** 1/2
134. John Grant -- Grey Tickles, Black Pressure ** 1/2
135. Harry Connick Jr. -- That Would Be Me ***
136. Don Henley -- Cass Country ***/
137. Carrie Underwood -- Storyteller ***/
138. The Mavericks -- Mono *** 1/2
139. Sharon Jones And The Dap Kings -- It's A Holiday Soul Party ** 1/2
140. Def Leppard -- Def Leppard **
141. Original Broadway Cast -- Hamilton *** 1/2 /
142. Chris Young -- I'm Comin' Over ** 1/2
143. Magic System -- Radio Afrika ***
144. The Coasters -- Christmas With The Coasters * 1/2
145. Jesse Malin -- Outsiders **
146. Eric Church -- Mr. Misunderstood ***/
147. Tom McGraw -- Damn Country Music **
148. The Specials -- The Specials (weak vocals) ***
149. Peter Case -- Hway 62 **
150. Sara Bareilles -- What's Inside: Songs From Waitress *** 1/2
151. Carousel Kings -- Three Christmas Classics: A Four Song EP **
152. Chris Isaak -- First Comes The Night ***
153. Adele -- 25 ***/
154. Jeff Lynne's ELO -- Alone In The Universe ***
155. Francesco Yates -- Francesco Yates **
156. The Lighthouse And The Whaler -- Mont Royal ** 1/2
157. Edie Brickell and Steve Martin -- So Familiar **
158. Kylie Minogue -- Kylie Christmas **
159. The Brian Setzer Orchestra -- Rockin' Rudolph **
160. Angie Stone -- Dream **
161. Frank Sinatra -- A Voice On Air: 1935-1955 ***
162. Amy Winehouse -- Amy (soundtrack) **
163. The Velvet Underground -- Loaded (1970) *** 1/2
164. Steven Curtis Chapman -- Christmas Hymns * 1/2
165. Danny Gokey -- Christmas Is Here * 1/2
166. The Pretty Things -- The Sweet Pretty Things (Are In Bed Now, Of Course) ** 1/2
167. The Dead Weather -- Dodge And Burn ** 1/2
168. Ben Rector -- Brand New ** 1/2 (but song "Make Something Beautiful" lovely)
169. Duran Duran -- Paper Gods ** 1/2
170. Drake and The Future -- What A Time To Be Alive ** 1/2
171. Holy Sons -- Fall Of Man **
172. Joanna Newsome -- Divers **
173. Lana Del Rey -- Honeymoon **
174. Los Lobos -- Gates Of Gold *** 1/2 \
175. Madonna -- Rebel Heart ***
176. Rod Melancon -- Parish Lines **
177. Ruby Amanfu -- Standing Still ** 1/2
178. Ryan Adams -- 1989 ***
179. Various Artists - Nippon Girls 2: Japanese Pop, Beat And Rock n Roll 1965-1970 *** 1/2
180. Ron Sexsmith -- Carousel One *** \
181. Ike Reilly -- Born On Fire *** 1/2
182. Foals -- What Went Down ** 1/2
183. Ryley Walker -- Primrose Green **
184. The Felice Brothers -- Feliz Navidad **
185. Jim O'Rourke -- Simple Songs **
186. Hop Along -- Painted Shut ** 1/2
187. Patty Griffin -- Servant Of Love *** 1/2
188. James Bay -- Chaos And The Calm **
189. Bill Ryder-Jones -- West Kirby County Primary ***\
190. David Bowie -- Station To Station (1976) *** 1/2
191. The Mekons and Robbie Fulks -- Jura ** 1/2
192. Sun Bears! -- Do Christmas ** 1/2
193. Ashley Monroe -- The Blade ** 1/2
194. Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band -- Wrap This! * 1/2
195. Rumer -- Love Is The Answer EP ***
196. Alabama Shakes -- Sound And Color ***
197. Bob Moses -- Days Gone By ***
198. Cowboy Junkies -- Notes Falling Slowly *** 1/2
199. Prince -- HitNRun Phase Two ** 1/2
200. The London Souls -- The London Souls *** 1/2
201. The Vamps -- Wake Up **
202. Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment -- Surf ** 1/2
203. Bruce Springsteen -- The River Single Album Version ** 1/2
204. Miguel -- Wildheart ***
205. The Arcs -- Yours, Dreamily **
206. Carly Rae Jepsen -- Emotion ** 1/2 (vocals over-processed; strong songs)
207. Tame Impala -- Currents *** 1/2
208. Skrillex and Diplo -- Present Jack U ***/
209. Tinariwen -- Live In Paris 2014 *** 1/2
210. Chris Stapleton -- Traveller *** 1/2
211. Mackintosh Braun -- Arcadia ** 1/2
212. Malinky -- Malinky ** 1/2
213. Michael Sherwood and Christian Nesmith -- Groovy Lemon Pie ***
214. Kamasi Washington -- The Epic *** 1/2
215. Kanaku Y El Tigre -- Quema Quema Quema ** 1/2
216. Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams -- Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams ** 1/2
217. Leigh Nash -- The State I'm In ** 1/2
218. Quiet Company -- Transgressor ** 1/2
219. Peter Buck -- Warzone Earth **
220. Paul Weller -- Saturn's Pattern ***
221. Kimmie Rhodes -- Cowgirl Boudoir **
222. Kristin Diable -- Create Your Own Mythology ***/
223. Kurt Cobain -- Montage Of Heck **
224. Dirty Revival -- Dirty Revival **
225. Veruca Salt -- Ghost Notes ***/
226. Whitney Rose -- Heartbreaker Of The Year ***
227. Cage The Elephant -- Tell Me I'm Pretty ***/
228. Alan Jackson -- Angels and Alcohol **
229. April Verch -- The Newpart ** 1/2
230. Car Seat Headrest -- Teen Style ***
231. Warm Soda -- Symbolic Dream ***
232. Royal Headache -- High ***
233. Scouting For Girls -- Still Thinking About You ** 1/2
234. Dwight Yoakum -- Second-Hand Heart *** 1/2
235. Orange Humble Band -- Depressing Beauty *** 1/2/
236. Franz Ferdinand Sparks -- Franz Ferdinand Sparks ***/
237. Vince Staples -- Summertime '06 *** 1/2
238. Kurt Vile -- B'lieve I'm Going Down ***
239. Graham Parker -- Mystery Gate ** 1/2
240. The Bellfuries -- Workingman's Bellfuries ** 1/2
241. Blur -- The Magic Whip ***



MOVIES MOVIES MOVIES MOVIES MOVIES MOVIES MOVIES MOVIES MOVIES MOVIES MOVIES MOVIES MOVIES MOVIES MOVIES MOVIES MOVIES MOVIES 

1. Foyle's War Season 8 * 1/2
2. The Babadook (2014) ** 1/2
3. Mommy *** 1/2
4. Wild Tales *** 1/2
5. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) *** 1/2
6. We Are The Best! (2014) ***
7. Birdman (2014) *
8. Nightcrawler (2014) *** 1/2
9. Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) **
10. Ida (2014) *** 1/2
11. The Lunchbox (2014) *** 1/2
12. Force Majeure (2014) *** 1/2
13. Fury (2014) *** 1/2
14. The Avengers: Age Of Ultron * 1/2
15. Beggars Of Life (1928) (Film Forum w live accompaniment) *** 1/2
16. Bad Little Angel (1939) * 1/2
17. I'll Be Seeing You (1944 w Joseph Cotten, Ginger Rogers, Shirley Temple) ** 1/2
18. Pitch Perfect 2 * 1/2
19. Inside Out ***
20. Dope ** 1/2 (but fun)
21. Confessions Of A Nazi Spy (1939) **
22. Mr. Holmes (2015) * 1/2
23. Ant-man ** 1/2
24. Amy (Amy Winehouse docu) **
25. Flamenco Flamenco (2014) *** 1/2
26. Beyond Zero: 1914 -- 1918 *** 1/2
27. Seashore ***
28. Adventures Of Jane Arden (1939) *
29. Pride Of The Blue Grass (1939) **
30. Mission Impossible Rogue Nation ** 1/2
31. Microbe And I (Michel Gondry) **
32. Indian Summers (TV series season one) **
33. The Walk **
34. Brooklyn [Noam] ***\
35. Bridge Of Spies [Andy] **
36. Spectre [Luis) ***
37. The Danish Girl [Luis] ** 1/2
38. Carol [Noam] ** 1/2
39. Chimes At Midnight [Noam] ***
40. Son Of Saul *** 1/2
41. In Jackson Heights *** 1/2
42. The Revenant ** 1/2
43. Creed ** 1/2
44. Joy ** 1/2
45. The End Of The Tour ** 1/2
46. Slow West ***/
47. Sicario **
48. Me And Earl and the Dying Girl **
49. G├╝eros *** 1/2
50. The Clouds Of Sils Maria ** 1/2
51. The Big Short ** 1/2
52. Far From The Madding Crowd (2015 w Carey Mulligan) ***
52. Oscar shorts live action
          Stutterer ** 1/2
          Everything Will Be Okay ***
          Day One **
          Ave Maria * 1/2
          Shok * 1/2
53. Oscar shorts animation
          Bear Story ***
          We Can't Live Without Cosmos ** 1/2
          Prologue *
          World Of Tomorrow **
          Sanjay's Super Team ***
54. Love And Mercy *** 1/2
55. Chi-raq * 1/2
56. The Diary Of A Teenage Girl *** 1/2
57. Straight Outta Compton ***/
58. Anomalisa ** 1/2
59. Tangerine ***/
60. The Tribe *** 1/2
61. The Hateful Eight ***







THEATER CONCERTS THEATER CONCERTS THEATER CONCERTS THEATER CONCERTS THEATER CONCERTS THEATER CONCERTS THEATER CONCERTS

1. Honeymoon In Vegas [Garrett] **
2. The Woodsman [Noam] ***
3. Constellations [Noam] ** 1/2
4. Taylor Mac's A 24 Decade History Of Popular Music 1930s-1950s [Noam] ** 1/2
5. Let The Right One In [Solo] **
6. Da [Noam] no rating
7. A Month In The Country [Noam] ** 1/2
8. Parade in Concert at Lincoln Center [Noam] ** 1/2
9. Hamilton at the Public [Luis] ***
10. The World Of Extreme Happiness [Noam, Zoe] ** 1/2
11. Broadway By The Year 1915-1940 [TJ] **
12. Verite * 1/2
13. Fabulous! [TJ] *
14. The Mystery Of Love And Sex **
15. An Octoroon at Polonsky Shakespeare Center [TJ] *** 1/2
16. Fish In The Dark *
17. The Audience ***
18. Josephine And I [Zoe] ***
19. Posterity * 1/2
20. The Hunchback Of Notre Dame at Paper Mill [Noam] **
21. Lonesome Traveler [Noam] **
22. On The Twentieth Century [Cohen] ***
23. Radio City Music Hall's New York Spring Spectacular [Noam] ** 1/2
24. The Heidi Chronicles [Noam] *
25. The Tallest Tree In The Forest * 1/2
26. Broadway By The Year: 1941-1965 [TJ] ***
27. Twelfth Night by Bedlam [Noam] ***
28. What You Will by Bedlam [Noam] *** 1/2
29. Wolf Hall Parts I and II [Noam] ** 1/2
30. Skylight [Noam] ***
31. Nellie McKay [Noam] at 54 Below ***
32. Ludic Proxy ** 1/2
33. It Shoulda Been You {TJ] ** 
34. Finding Neverland [TJ] ** 1/2
35. Hamlet w Peter Sarsgaard at CSC [Noam] no stars
36. The King And I [Noam] ***
37. Gigi * 1/2
38. An American In Paris [] ** 1/2
39. Doctor Zhivago [TJ] no stars
40. Fun Home [Noam] ** 1/2
41. Living On Love [TJ] * 1/2
42. Early Shaker Spirituals: A Record Album Interpretation [solo] ***
43. Airline Highway [Noam] * 1/2
44. The Two Gentlemen Of Verona (Fiasco Theatre) [Noam] *** 
45. The Visit (w Chita Rivera) [Noam] ** 1/2
46. The Sound And The Fury (ERS) [Noam] ** 
47. Broadway By The Year: 1966-1990 [TJ] ***
48. The Spoils * 1/2
49. Ever After (at Papermill) [Noam] **
50. Heisenberg [Noam] *** 1/2
51. Marilyn Maye at 54 Below [TJ] ***
52. Kaiser Chiefs at Irving Plaza [Noam] *** 1/2
53. What I Did Last Summer (AR Gurney at Signature) [Noam] *
54. Betty Buckley at Joe's Pub [Noam] ***
55. Orville And Wilbur Did It (reading w Bobby Steggert, Matt Doyle et al) [Noam] ***
56. The Painted Rocks At Revolver Creek (Athol Fugard at Signature) [Noam, Zoe, Cohen] *** 1/2
57. An Act Of God [TJ] **
58. The National High School Musical Theatre Awards [Noam] *** 
59. Amazing Grace [TJ] *
60. My Report To The World (David Strathairn staged reading of play about Jan Karski) [Noam]  
61. The Absolute Brightness Of Leonard Pelkey (James Lescene one-man play) [Noam] ** 1/2
62. Cymbeline (Shakespeare In The Park w Lily Rabe and Hamish Linklater)[Noam]  *** 
63. John (by Annie Baker at Signature) *** 1/2 [Noam, Zoe, Cohen, Robynne]
64. Hamilton (on Broadway) [Noam] *** 1/2 production of **** musical
65. The Christians (Playwrights Horizons) [Zoe] ***\
66. A Midsummer Night's Dream (Pearl Theatre Company) [Noam]
67. Reread Another (Target Margin at The Brick) **
68. Daddy Long Legs (musical at Davenport) **
69. Spring Awakening (2015 Bway revival by Deaf Theatre West) [Luis]  *** 1/2
70. Barbecue (Public Theater) [Noam] **
71. Fool For Love (W Nina Arianda, Sam Rockwell) [Noam] ** 1/2
72. Old Times (w Clive Owen) [Stephen Garrett] **
73. The Bandstand (at Papermill) {TJ] ***\
74. The Gin Game (w James Earl Jones, Cicely Tyson) [Noam] **
75. Rothschild And Sons (w Robert Cuccioli) ** 1/2
76. The Inn At Lake Devine [Noam] **
77. First Daughters Suite (Public) [Zoe] 
78. Tannhauser (at Met w Eva-Maria Westbroek, Johan Botha) ** 1/2
79. Ripcord (Holland Taylor) [Noam] **
80. Janitor (mood piece at Hudson Park Carousel) [Noam] **
81. Dames At Sea (Broadway) [TJ] ** 1/2
82. The Humans (Jane Houdyshell, Reed Birney) [Noam] *** 1/2
83. Sylvia (Matthew Broderick) [Luis] **
84. Therese Raquin (Keira Knightley) [Noam] * 1/2
85. King Charles III (Tim Piggot-Smith) [Noam] *** 1/2
86. Hir (Taylor Mac play) [Zoe] **
87. Henry IV (Harriet Walter at St. Ann's in all-female production) ***
88. On Your Feet [Luis] **
89. Misery (Bruce Willis) [Stephen Garrett] *

90. A View From The Bridge (Mark Strong) ***
91. Paper Bullets (strong songs by Billie Joe Armstrong) [Noam] ***
92. China Doll  [Noam] *
93. New York Animals (Bedlam) (but strong songs by Steven Sater and Burt Bacharach) [Livia Belman-Wells] ** 1/2
94. Incident At Vichy (Signature revival) [Zoe, Livia] ** 1/2
95. Night Is A Room (Signature show) **
96. School Of Rock [Luis] * 1/2
97. The New Standards: The Holiday Show (w guests Nellie McKay, Fred Schneider, Julian Fleischer, Har Mar Superstar et al) [Noam] ***/
98. Lazarus * 1/2 [Dave Cohen]
99. Plaid Tidings ** 1/2 [Cohen]
100. Marjorie Prime ** [Noam]
101. The Color Purple (Cynthia Erivo, Jennifer Hudson) [Noam] ** 1/2
102. Once Upon A Mattress (Jackie Hoffman, John Epperson) [Cohen, Luis] ** 1/2
103. Daniel Kitson's Christmas Show [Noam] *** 1/2 (marked off half a star cause no hot chocolate)





Updated December 31, 2015