Countdown to 2014: 2013 Theater

Last year I saw 99 shows/readings/concerts. This year I saw 90— 9 less than last year. I am sad that the number is so low this year, especially when I’ve been blogging and getting a good amount of ticket offers. I did do a lot of non-theater activities this year, way more than usual, and I don’t go to too many friends’ concerts anymore, mostly because they are now all so late!

This Clement WorldThis Clement World. Credit: Carly McCollow

I saw most of these shows for free and paid a student or discount rate for the others (I actually only paid for 16 of them–the same as last year–and 3 were with family). For the first time in many years, I did not see any show more than once. I sang in 4 of these concerts and my work was featured in 1 of them. 18 performances were connected to blog posts I wrote for two websites.

In the past, I’ve done a star rating system, but since I know people involved in many of these shows, I’ve done away with that and just highlighted my favorites.  After the favorites is the HUGE list of everything I saw. Then, I have listed some fun panels, exhibits, and events I also attended this year.

Top 10 Favorites (in no order, I swear):
Les Troyens (Metropolitan Opera)
This Clement World (St. Ann’s Warehouse)
Talley’s Folly (Roundabout)
Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812 (Kazino)
A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay about the Death of Walt Disney (Soho Rep)
Then She Fell (Third Rail Projects)
I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road (City Center Encores)
The Tempest (The Public- Public Works)
Fun Home (Public Theater)
The Curious Case of the Watson Intelligence (Playwrights Horizons)

Runners Up (Also in no order):
Isaac’s Eye (Ensemble Studio Theatre)
SAGA (Wakka Wakka at Baruch)
Die Frau Ohne Schatten (Metropolitan Opera)
It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman (City Center Encores)
Old Hats (Signature)
Nobody Loves You (Second Stage Theatre)
The Flick (Playwrights Horizons)
The Good Person of Szechwan (Public Theater)
Unlocked (Prospect Theater Company)
Marie Antoinette (Soho Rep)

The Big List:

The Piano Lesson (Signature Theatre Company)
The Old Man and the Old Moon (PigPen Theatre Company at the Gym at Judson)
Les Troyens (Metropolitan Opera)
Picnic (Roundabout)
The Other Place (Manhattan Theatre Club)
Maria Stuarda (Metropolitan Opera)
Fiorello! (City Center Encores)
Rigoletto (Metropolitan Opera)
City of Angels (NYU)
This Clement World (St. Ann’s Warehouse)
Clive (The New Group)
Much Ado About Nothing (Theatre for a New Audience)
Ars Nova Uncharted Concert (Ars Nova)
Greater Angels (Exit Pursued by a Bear)
The Dance and the Railroad (Signature Theatre Company)
Talley’s Folly (Roundabout)
Ann (Lincoln Center Theatre)
Old Hats (Signature Theatre Company)
The Turn of the Screw (New York City Opera)
Really Really (MCC)
Isaac’s Eye (Ensemble Studio Theatre)
Marie Christine (NYU)
The Flick (Playwrights Horizons)
SAGA (Wakka Wakka at Baruch)
The Last Five Years (Second Stage Theatre)
The Mound Builders (Signature Theatre Company)
It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman (City Center Encores)
Eliogabalo (Gotham Chamber Opera)
Belleville (New York Theatre Workshop)
The Wizard and I: The Musical Journey of Stephen Schwartz (Carnegie Hall)
The Assembled Parties (Manhattan Theatre Club)
Metropolitan Opera Guild teaching artist show (Metropolitan Opera Guild)
The Memory Show (The Transport Group)
Das Rheingold (Metropolitan Opera)
The Thirteenth Commandment (Libra Theatre Company)
The Big Knife (Roundabout)
On Your Toes (City Center Encores)
The Call (Playwrights Horizons)
Natasha, Pierre, & the Great Comet of 1812 (Kazino)
Matilda
A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay about the Death of Walt Disney (Soho Rep)
Spandex (off-Broadway)
Ping Pong (Reading- Lark)
Far From Heaven (Playwrights Horizons)
Pippin
Rattlestick Theatre Theater Jam IV (Rattlestick)
Venice (Public Theater)
Tom Durnin (Roundabout)
The Spirit of Resilience: Jewish People’s Harmonic Chorus (Symphony Space)
Walden (Planet Connections Festival)
Mrs. Mayfield’s Fifth-Grade Class of 1993: 20-Year Reunion (Caps Lock Theatre)
Fresh Produce’d June (Glass Eye Theatre)
The Explorer’s Club (Manhattan Theatre Club)
Old Sound Room Lear (Old Sound Room)
Sontag Reborn (New York Theatre Workshop)
Unlocked (Prospect Theater Company at The Duke)
Nobody Loves You (Second Stage Theatre)
An Evening Celebrating Emerging Female Composers (Sparkification Productions)
Then She Fell (Third Rail Projects)
I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road (City Center Encores)
Love’s Labour’s Lost (Public Theater- Shakespeare in the Park)
Save the Date: A Wedding Road-Trip Musical (Fringe Festival)
Track 12 (Fringe Festival)
All Hail the Queen (The Cutting Room)
The Tempest (The Public- Public Works)
Mr. Burns: A Post Apocalyptic Play (Playwrights Horizons)
Fetch Clay, Make Man (New York Theatre Workshop)
Where We’re Born (Rattlestick)
The Nose (Metropolitan Opera)
Fun Home (Public Theater)
The Landing (Vineyard Theatre)
Tamar of the River (Prospect Theater)
The Snow Geese (Manhattan Theatre Club)
La Soiree (Union Square Theatre)
Two Boys (Metropolitan Opera)
Little Miss Sunshine (Second Stage Theatre)
Die Frau Ohne Schatten (Metropolitan Opera)
Marie Antoinette (Soho Rep)
Taking Care of Baby (Manhattan Theatre Club)
The Patron Saint of Sea Monsters (Playwrights Horizons)
The Winslow Boy (Roundabout)
The Good Person of Szechwan (Public Theater)
Pied Uncharted (Ars Nova)
The Curious Case of the Watson Intelligence (Playwrights Horizons)
The Composer Speaks: Reason to be Thankful (DiMenna Center)
Kind of Appropriate: The Songs of Julia Meinwald (Urban Stages)
The New York Pops: Under the Mistletoe with Ashley Brown (Carnegie Hall)
A Charlie Brown Christmas (Carnegie Hall)
Oliver! (The Secret Theater)
The Glass Menagerie

Miscellaneous Panels, Exhibits, and Events:

NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star (The New Museum)
Yankees Game (vs. Texas Rangers)
Rain Room (MoMA)
Photography and the American Civil War and PUNK: Chaos to Couture (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
The Exploratorium (San Francsico)
Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg and Black Sabbath exhibits (The Contemporary Jewish Museum–San Francisco)
Summer Streets 8/3
Summer Streets 8/10
Kayaking 8/11
Mets Game (vs. Phillies)
Comic Con (Friday)
Tough Mudder
Comic Con (Sunday)
Girl with a Pearl Earring (The Frick)

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