Jess F

Borough of Queens | 25-34 | Female
About:  I absolutely LOVE theatre - musicals, straight plays, and everything in between and beyond - and always do my best to share my experiences at shows in an honest, fair, and caring way.
Reviews (24)
88
Delightful, Great singing, Quirky, Refreshing, Insightful/intentional

See it if you love Kirsten Childs' work, enjoy a smart, campy musical tackling Black female identities and the ways others can influence us

Don't see it if Sadly only a 2-show run at Encores! Not fully-staged, a few rough edges, but still a *delightful*, exuberant production.

Also Since seeing Bella: An American Tall Tale, I've been itching for someo... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Her Portmanteau
East Village
Great acting, Masterful, Hilarious, Intense, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy strong female characters, great sense of humor, portrayal of a family reconnecting and coming to terms with past choices

Don't see it if Don't let some Igbo at the beginning deter you! The play stands alone but has powerful references to Sojourners.

Also This brings Sojourners full circle - powerful, bittersweet story of a ... Read more Read less

84
That True Phoenix
Soho/Tribeca
Clever, Creative, Great acting, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you like stories of little-known historical figures, self-aware plays that toy with timing/staging/characterization, spare but creative sets

Don't see it if you prefer linear/clear/more formal narratives that don't interrupt themselves, get confused by actors playing multiple characters

Also Da Ponte's story is not well-known but truly fascinating. If "necessit... Read more Read less

86
The View UpStairs
East Village
Absorbing, Profound, Riveting, Vibrant, Relevant

See it if you're interested in a moving homage to LGBTQ+ history, spirited/high-energy music reminiscent of the era, strong performances

Don't see it if you prefer to maintain the fourth wall, dislike a specifically gay story line, need an intermission

Also I saw it back in early March and was enthralled with the immersive, ti... Read more Read less

92
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Resonant

See it if you enjoy exquisite performances, Lillian Hellman's work, and/or complex period dramas about betrayal, greed, interplay of race/gender.

Don't see it if you prefer a shorter play (this has three acts) or dislike period dramas or the ruthless subject of profit at any and all costs.

Also Exquisite performances by the whole cast! I saw Linney as Regina and N... Read more Read less

90
Enchanting, Great singing, Great staging, Refreshing, Masterful

See it if you enjoy a lux, gorgeous, intricate set for a whimsical, innovative, interactive, steampunk-style adaptation of a classic Russian novel.

Don't see it if you prefer a traditional/less immersive experience, don't like mostly-sung musicals or episodic plots, can't handle strobe lights.

Also Scott Stangland, filling in for Groban, played a brilliant, compelling... Read more Read less

85
Spamilton
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Great singing, Hilarious, Quirky

See it if you’re a theatre buff, love A. Ham, enjoy clever spoofs of beloved musicals/impressions of show biz stars, & a small cast in a cozy theatre

Don't see it if You’re a theatre purist/prefer the original productions, might not get the B’way “inside jokes” + shows being parodied, want more elbow room

Also Hilarious parody brimming with talent! Nothing like spoofing Lin-Manue... Read more Read less

93
Othello: The Remix
Midtown W
Hilarious, Brilliant, Must see, Refreshing, Epic

See it if you like fresh takes on Shakespearean classics, hip-hop, creative storytelling, making awesome comedy from bloody tragedy

Don't see it if you're a Shakespeare purist, dislike hip-hop, prefer more traditional productions

Also The Q Brothers nailed it again! These guys are NON-STOP energy, dartin... Read more Read less

74
During previews
DANNYKRISDONNAVERONICA
East Village
Great acting, Relevant, Slow, Intense, Contemporary

See it if you enjoy stories re: roles/identity crisis in modern parenthood, challenge of work-life balance, sharp humor, intense/existential dialogue

Don't see it if stories about being a new parent or losing sense of self don't resonate with you or if you prefer larger/flashier, not intimate, productions

Also Great acting overall that captured the nuances/quirks of each characte... Read more Read less

92
The Encounter
Midtown W
Absorbing, Profound, Riveting, Great staging, Resonant

See it if you enjoy immersive, creative, multi-sensory theatre that builds a vivid bridge b/w the story & tools/existential questions behind it

Don't see it if you expect a traditional show and aren't willing to use your imagination to build the set, conjure characters, visualize what is/n't there

Also I had the fortune of seeing the wonderful Richard Katz, alternate of c... Read more Read less

57
During previews
The Portal
West Village
Confusing, Great talent, Ambitious, Dizzying, Not fully realized

See it if you're interested in kaleidoscopic/multi-sensory/multimedia theatrical experiences and appreciate very talented performers/artists

Don't see it if you need said multimedia experiences to guide and transmute a clear, cohesive plot (presented at the beginning but not fully realized)

Also Unfortunately too many ideas that didn't translate well, despite best ... Read more Read less

95
Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Raunchy, Relevant

See it if you love to laugh & enjoy wild exaggeration/profanity as social commentary showing the absurdity of blind belief/stereotypes of others

Don't see it if you're easily offended by exaggerations , stereotypes, profanity, sex as social commentary. It all has a purpose, though, I swear!

75
During previews
Curvy Widow
Midtown W
Charming, Clever, Funny, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a charming, fun musical about a 50-something woman exploring her identity/sexuality after being widowed. Nancy Opel shines.

Don't see it if you expect a more profound probe of grief or aren't interested in the dating/sex lives of middle-aged women. Clever, but not too deep.

Also Yes, it's about the sexuality of women "of a certain age," but the uni... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Sojourners
East Village
Great acting, Masterful, Riveting, Resonant, Bittersweet

See it if the choices, intimate stories of immigrants compel you; you don't mind a slow-burn Act I; you enjoy vivid, authentic characters

Don't see it if you prefer a fast-paced play, mind hearing some lines not in English, want dramatic staging, aren't interested in seeing Her Portmanteau

Also Beautifully-acted, intimate human story of the everyday and Solomonic ... Read more Read less

81
Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you enjoy experimental theatre, exploring the intersection of race, class, gender in post-Apartheid South Africa, stellar actors

Don't see it if you prefer comedies, don't want to delve into heavy issues, like a straightforward narrative instead of fragments being pieced together

84
Significant Other
Midtown W
Clever, Great acting, Intense, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you like funny contemporary plays about love, loneliness, feeling left behind - and a refreshing rant on cliched wedding traditions :)

Don't see it if you like tidy/resolved endings, dislike contemporary plays, want to connect to characters who are less neurotic or insecure

Also At first, I honestly struggled to connect with Jordan as a character a... Read more Read less

87
Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Refreshing, Inclusive/broadly-representative

See it if you enjoy well-written short plays/vignettes featuring a diverse, intersectional cast, exploring a spectrum of human stories + otherness.

Don't see it if you like a singular narrative thread between pieces, prefer a fluffier show, are uncomfortable w/ issues of racism, sexism, ableism, etc.

Also Funny, poignant, powerful, important stories that challenge the audien... Read more Read less

96
Intense, Deeply emotional, Masterful, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if you love August Wilson's plays, care about the Black experience, enjoy beautifully-developed characters, and/or seek relevant theatre

Don't see it if Not an option. It may portray 1977 Pittsburgh, but it's more relevant than ever - a critical slice-of-life drama that is intimate/honest

Also Beautiful play from the Century Cycle written by a brilliant playwrigh... Read more Read less

94
The Humans
Midtown W
Intelligent, Masterful, Riveting, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You appreciate heavy family dramas with humor and sadness, the interplay/differences b/w generations, struggles of working-class folks

Don't see it if You want a light, breezy show that avoids painful family dynamics, or prefer a clean, happy ending that doesn’t leave you unsettled

Also Bring your tissues, folks! Bittersweet, beautifully-written, exquisite... Read more Read less

87
Delightful, Great acting, Quirky, Clever, Nostalgic

See it if you're familiar with Edward Gorey and/or enjoy light, well-done, non-linear portraits with a twinge of sadness

Don't see it if you expect an in-depth portrait/dramatic insights into Gorey's life/works or prefer the "fourth wall" or less conversational shows

Also LOVELY, nostalgic, whimsical portrait of a prolific author/illustrator... Read more Read less

89
Great acting, Refreshing, Relevant, Hilarious, Resonant

See it if you like personal, one-man shows + appreciate finding humor/growth in painful, uncomfortable experiences and wacky yet wise shrinks

Don't see it if colloquial/conversational shows or difficult subjects – depression, alcoholism, suicide, therapy – make you uncomfortable

Also Intimate, hilarious, brave, sobering (pun intended), uplifting. He pep... Read more Read less

98
Exquisite, Masterful, Profound, Riveting, Resonant

See it if you relish the triumph of the human spirit despite every hardship, redemption, EXQUISITE performances by the whole cast, beautiful staging

Don't see it if you'd prefer not to weep during a show. (I personally can't stop myself.) Heavy, deeply emotional plot, grappling with abuse, poverty, loss.

Also Every single performer was INCREDIBLE. And Cynthia Erivo? She must be ... Read more Read less

83
Aubergine
Midtown W
Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if stories about food, family, and words unspoken intrigue you. Peppered w/bittersweet, strong food memories that represent their lives/regrets

Don't see it if death and dying are too much to bear - though this serves as a catalyst to reveal relationships, intergenerational/transnational differences

Also Excellent acting, interesting set that played with the senses, refresh... Read more Read less

100
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Exquisite, Epic, Masterful, Relevant

See it if ..you love musical theatre w/INCREDIBLE music, costumes, choreo, acting, singing, and cross-genre mind-blowing!

Don't see it if ...you can't wait for it. Tix are sold out/highly-priced for months at a time. Buy on the day new blocks of seats open - worth every penny