jeff heimbrock

old soul, teenage dreams

Everything I'd Recommend from 2016

*2016 was a difficult year, but also one of immense joy. I jet skied with dolphins in San Diego, snow skied in the mountains of Colorado, surfed and skydived in Hawaii. I started a book club, furnished a new apartment, made out with a married straight man in an acting class, and fell in love with Corepower Yoga. I laughed until I cried, cried until I had to laugh. I drunkenly yelled at a pizza man in Portland for getting there too early. I lived on the Upper West Side for exactly four weeks and convinced myself that I was Meg Ryan, which paid off when my boyfriend threw me a surprise birthday party that was You’ve Got Mail themed (best party ever). I watched 239 movies, read 47 books (new personal record!) and finally played a game on my PS4. I guzzled wine during every presidential debate, visited the HRC Brooklyn campaign HQ, protested at Trump Tower, and got the fortune of meeting Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama (!!). I ate corn on the cob for the first time (I know) and learned how to cook (sort of). I watched a bat terrorize a matinee audience in Sacramento, CA and received a blessing from Hawaiian spiritual leaders. I get to tap dance every day on a jumbotron in Time Square and made a Waitress video that Sara Bareilles “liked”. I saw so many friends create stunning pieces of theatre, and I got to be reminded again and again how grateful I am to know so many intelligent, creative, and kind people. Looking back, 2016 kicked ass and kicked my ass, and I’m not sure I would have it any other way. Here are my favorite things from the past year. x*



  • Rumba (Seattle, WA)
  • Linger (Denver, CO)
    • *This eclectic mix of food gives you a taste from places all around the world...almost like Denver commissioned EPCOT to open a restaurant and dish out the flavors of all peoples.*
  • Quality Italian (New York, NY)
  • Siena Tavern (Chicago, IL)
  • True Food Kitchen (Austin, TX)
    • *This holistic eating experience was so good I bought the cookbook and have been whipping up delicious healthy meals since. Definitely prefer True Food to Breitbart Food.
  • Arsaga’s at the Depot (Fayetteville, AR)

Bookstores and Cafes:



TED Radio Hour:

Longform Podcast:

WTF with Marc Maron:

The Next Picture Show:

*this podcast examines a new movie through the comparison of an older one that inspired it. the hosts are intelligent and thorough, and the discussion is essential.*

  • Ep. 009/010: New Hope/Force Awakens
  • Ep. 021/022: Psycho/10 Cloverfield Lane
  • Ep. 029/030: L.A. Confidential/Chinatown

Fighting in the War Room:

You Must Remember This:

  • *this film history podcast is always fascinating, but the Hollywood Blacklist episode series is particularly gobsmacking.*

Fresh Air:

  • Sarah Paulson
  • Scott Rudin
    • *this interview with the prolific Scott Rudin is just about as good as any of the theatre content I enjoyed this year. One of the most invaluable figures in the current American theatre.*

Rupaul’s What’s the Tee:


fiction/non-fiction in no order:

plays in no order:


pre-2016 first times:

  • THE WOMEN (1939, d. George Cukor)
  • BALL OF FIRE (1941, d. Howard Hawks)
  • THE PALM BEACH STORY (1942, d. Preston Sturges)
  • DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944, d. Billy Wilder)
  • THE THIRD MAN (1947, d. Carol Reed)
    • *got to see this at Film Forum as part of their double feature series. the vibe of the whole movie is so stylized and expressionistic- fabulous.
  • ROPE (1948, d. Alfred Hitchcock)
  • THE INNOCENTS (1961, d. Jack Clayton)
  • CHINATOWN (1974, d. Roman Polanski)
  • A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984, Wes Craven)
  • THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT (1995, d. Rob Reiner)
  • SCREAM 2 (1997, d. Wes Craven)
    • *imo, one of Laurie Metcalf’s greatest accomplishments*
  • L.A. CONFIDENTIAL (1997, Curtis Hanson)
  • CLOVERFIELD (2008, d. Matt Reeves)
  • SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK (2008, d. Charlie Kaufman)
  • CORALINE (2009, d. Henry Selick)
  • AT BERKELEY (2013, d. Frederick Wiseman)

2016 documentaries:

  • BY SIDNEY LUMET (d. Nancy Buirski)
  • 13TH (d. Ava DuVernay)
  • EVERYTHING IS COPY (d. Jacob Bernstein, Nick Hooker)
    • *i’ve had an ongoing obsession with Nora Ephron all year- her insightful wit was infectious, and this documentary is a prime example of why*
  • TICKLED (d. David Farrier, Dylan Reeve)
  • WEINER (d. Josh Kriegman; Elyse Steinberg)
  • OJ: MADE IN AMERICA (d. Ezra Edelman)
    • *essential- reveals the dark perils of celebrity worship, and the trial that shaped (or rather demonstrated) America’s ongoing struggle with race relations*

*can’t decide on my favorite narrative movies until I can catch up- probably in February*



  • FARGO (seasons 1 & 2)
  • LADY DYNAMITE (season 1)
    • *single-handedly raised the standards not just for musicals on television, but all live televised performances. also, Ana Gasteyer*
  • BLACK MIRROR (favs: "Nosedive" "San Junipero")
    • *Sarah Paulson has raised the bar*
  • WESTWORLD (disclaimer: only halfway through)


  • THE GOLDEN GIRLS (seasons 1-3)
  • SHERLOCK (seasons 1-3)
  • BOB'S BURGERS (seasons 1-4)
  • MURDER SHE WROTE (season 1)
    • *i still haven’t listened to Serial, but I WILL watch Murder She Wrote until 4am*
  • THE NEWSROOM (season 1)



single tracks:



*I didn’t get to see as much off-Broadway as I would have liked, and I’m still mad at myself for missing Sunday in the Park with Jake. Alas, here are some shows I saw in 2016 I was kinda crazy about*

  • Eclipsed (Golden Theater)
  • American Psycho (Schoenfeld Theatre)
  • The Humans (Helen Hayes Theatre)
  • Shuffle Along (Music Box Theatre)
  • The Crucible (Walter Kerr Theatre)
  • Waitress (Brooks Atkinson Theatre)
  • Fiddler on the Roof (Broadway Theater)
  • Love, Love, Love (Laura Pels Theatre)
  • Othello (New York Theatre Workshop)