Jessica 93

New York City | 35-49 | Female

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Reviews (69)
90
Seared
Midtown W
Hilarious, Intelligent, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if you'd like a kitchen/small biz story about art, money, and ego. Great performances, writing, flaring tensions, and real food smells.

Don't see it if you'd be offended by the f-word, don't care about food, are really annoyed rather than entertained by ego driven monologues.

70
During previews
Indulgent, Funny, Great acting

See it if you want to see 2 good actresses play scientist friends who support and jab at each other in 1911. Frequent fiery zingers from Kate.

Don't see it if You need more of a story/plot/shape to your plays. If the script were tighter and had more of a form, this could have been memorable.

Also I enjoyed the characters but didn't see much of an arc. Both women see... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Molly Sweeney
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if you care to see a show of monologues. The 3 characters were fleshed out well and I became invested in Molly's inner life and story.

Don't see it if you need action or something fast paced. The 3 characters recount conversations so they mimic other voices, which could bother some.

77
During previews
Great staging, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you'd enjoy a time-bending immersive show that folds in a little history of Governor's Island. You make your way through rooms of a house.

Don't see it if you need a linear show and can't stand for long periods. There are some chairs to sit in if needed. You can't follow multiple story threads.

Also I would be interested in seeing other shows with this company. It took... Read more Read less

73
Contact High
Midtown W
Absorbing, Relevant, Great singing

See it if you want a glimpse into the lives of teenagers today. Written, directed, and acted by talented young people. Interested in what's next.

Don't see it if you don't like teen musicals or expect a super polished/bigger budget musical. This is promising early work.

Also The pressures, desperation, and life or death outlooks for the teens r... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if You like plays dealing with racial issues. They use simple props and some clever sound cues. Great acting from the cast.

Don't see it if You need a play to unfold linearly. You want to watch a comedy or spectacle rather than a gritty play.

Also Enjoyed the staging and jazzy music. Helped ground the play's surround... Read more Read less

85
During previews
A Strange Loop
Midtown W
Great staging, Great singing, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You'll enjoy a modern, sassy musical. The point of view was different and very specific. There were a lot of big laughs and great music.

Don't see it if You want a very plot-driven classical musical. You cannot handle a risque scene.

Also The ensemble plays multiple characters and sometimes the ensemble all ... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Feral
Midtown E
Absorbing, Great staging, Refreshing, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if You' enjoy a handmade world that tells a simply story about a small town. The coordination of live video, sound, and movement is great!

Don't see it if You need plot or actual lines. Any dialog is mainly background noise for the visuals. You want to follow actuals and not simple puppets.

Also The happy world they created at the beginning was so cute, I wish that... Read more Read less

75
Quirky, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy nerding out about Star Wars. A funny tribute. Most shows in this space are fairly low budget, but energetic performances sell it.

Don't see it if you want a high budget show with a tight plot. This show ambles and has plenty of low brow humor.

75
Quirky, Intelligent, Edgy

See it if You enjoy one man shows and don't mind not understanding every word (some different languages spoken). Good storytelling and staging.

Don't see it if You can't handle many lighting changes (quite dark at times). Less emphasis on US border than would have thought, not very political.

75
During previews
Raunchy, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You want to explore toxic masculinity and how much women/minorities end up adjusting for men in the workplace.

Don't see it if You don't want to watch workplace situations (you are in the same conference room for basically the entire play), don't like crude language.

79
The Mortality Machine
Lower E Side
Absorbing, Edgy, Intense

See it if you enjoy audience participating and being a character in a show that has escape room elements. Participation required!

Don't see it if You just want to sit and watch something. You don't like escape rooms or trying to figure things out.

Also Your experience will depend on who else is in the audience that night ... Read more Read less

74
During previews
Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if You love Anne of Green Gables and minimalist shows. Lead actress was good at distinguishing characters and dancers added a nice touch.

Don't see it if You like big productions and will get confused by/don't enjoy seeing one person play all the characters.

Also This is a small, somewhat hidden theatre. The actress did a great job ... Read more Read less

65
Nature & Purpose
Soho/Tribeca
Ambitious, Quirky, Edgy

See it if You are an art fan and like experimental theater

Don't see it if You don't have earplugs for the first piece. The glam rock vocals were excruciatingly loud. Second piece was interesting but fluffy.

Also There were serious issues with the sound. It was very clear but with t... Read more Read less

86
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy on in depth conversations about music and community. The violinist and actors were good. It taught me some history about Israel.

Don't see it if You don't care to hear about the inner thoughts of musicians or Jewish history. This play is 2 long conversations, so not much plot.

Also Since I am a singer and song writer, I really liked the subject matter... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Great staging, Quirky

See it if You like tall tales and want to learn a little bit of non-white American history. The performers were showcased well. It's a very fun show.

Don't see it if You want a traditional musical and are easily offended. It's aimed towards a younger audience who will get the jokes.

Also I appreciate that the writer mined history to present non-white charac... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You are interested in examining the effects of baggage from parents and past lovers. The characters are distinct and interesting.

Don't see it if You need tension to start from the beginning. It took a little while to warm up, but I thought the payoffs were worth it.

Also I thought the characters were believable and had interesting flaws. I ... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Sojourners
East Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you'd enjoy an intimate story with strong character development. I felt attached to the characters and knew them quite well.

Don't see it if you mind missing some dialogue because it's not in English. You aren't interested in family dynamics or the immigrant experience.

Also I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the Nigerian immigrant experience ... Read more Read less

80
Great singing, Absorbing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want to see a small show with great music. I enjoyed the lyrics and word play. The music and singing were very high in quality.

Don't see it if You need a lot of plot. You see a lot of one scene relationships. Months and years zoom by without character development, just more scenes.

83
Verso
Midtown W
Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Ambitious, Masterful

See it if You enjoy sleight of hand magic and audience interaction mixed with some personal anecdotes. I really enjoyed it.

Don't see it if You want to see something with a plot or big/grand staging. This is a smaller show that achieves what it's aiming for.

Also The format of the show made me wonder what it's like on a repeat viewi... Read more Read less

78
Slumber
Brooklyn
Ambitious, Delightful, Edgy, Entertaining, Riveting

See it if You love hip hop, trapeze, and stunts. The cast is really talented and fun. The moves were precise and staging was effective.

Don't see it if The story was a bit light, but it didn't need to be deep. The lead had a mumbly voice, but it kind of worked for the character.

95
Clever, Ambitious, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

See it if You want to learn some history and challenge it. You want to hear period songs in a contemporary way with big, glam costumes.

Don't see it if You don't want to leave your comfort zone. You just want to sit and listen--The show is interactive at times.

Also Taylor Mac is a genius and a star. The musicians are great as well. It... Read more Read less

85
Sleep No More
Chelsea
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great dancing, Quirky

See it if you enjoy exploring elaborate sets and running around to catch dramatic dance scenes. The physicality of the dance is impressive.

Don't see it if you just want to sit and watch something. You have to be very mobile to catch most of the scenes. One of them is pretty graphic as well.

95
During previews
Bears in Space
Midtown E
Refreshing, Quirky, Hilarious, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a fun and funny story told with puppets, props, and some singing. The cast of 4 works hard and it pays off. An indie gem.

Don't see it if you don't like fanciful stories and just want to see a highbrow, straight, dramatic play. Or if you can't stand puppets.

80
Drunk Shakespeare
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Edgy

See it if You want a fun, irreverent take on Shakespeare. It's like a boozy extended comedy sketch that includes audience participation.

Don't see it if If you're easily offended by crude language or sexual jokes.

65
Slow, Indulgent, Cliched

See it if you enjoy dinner theater. The food was better than the service and and show. The jazz band was talented.

Don't see it if you want a real plot and memorable songs. The talent and tone of the actors was uneven. My view was obstructed by a large pole.

Also The cook and step mom were standouts in the cast. The billed special g... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Great writing, Refreshing, Great acting

See it if you like naturalistic plays that are mainly conversations taking place in real time. Believable people and relationships with 80s music.

Don't see it if you need a lot of plot and don't want to see women hanging out, drinking, smoking, and chatting.

Also The story about the stranger encounter was a highlight of the play. I ... Read more Read less

90
Queen of Hearts
Brooklyn
Fun, Quirky, Edgy, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy showmanship/a variety of acts (singing, contortion, hoop, aerial). Impressive design, sets, costumes, performances + drinks.

Don't see it if you need more of a story (this is an outline/introduction of Alice in Wonderland characters). You want everyone to be fully clothed.

80
Midsummer: A Banquet
Greenwich V
Great acting, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy Shakespeare and semi-immersive shows. The music, singing, acting, staging, and food were all great.

Don't see it if You don't like or can't understand Shakespeare. Don't want to eat or drink while watching a play and want to see everything on a stage.

78
Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You want to see 2 great actors breaking down walls and reservations to connect.

Don't see it if You are bothered by (tasteful) full nudity. The number of times she asks him to leave and he doesn't isn't great in today's times.

75
During previews
Great staging, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy finding the comedy in tragedy. Language is updated for a modern, young audience with the absurdity of the tragedy highlighted.

Don't see it if you prefer classical works done classically with period costumes. Very modern retelling/inflections. If you need space, actors are close.

Also It's definitely a bit experimental, but I enjoyed the time with the ac... Read more Read less

75
Quirky, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if you'd enjoy a setting of the Revelations text to some great music, with a lot of rhythmic choreography, sort of of like Godspell.

Don't see it if you need a clear plot or distillation of a heavily symbolic text. Some sound balance issues at times as well.

Also I felt like the performance hit its stride about a third of the way th... Read more Read less

77
Absorbing, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you'd enjoy a small budget performance of great musical that focuses on racial and blended family tensions. Some standout performances.

Don't see it if you need high budget or lots of plot. This musical is sung through and has some magical realism (moon, washer, and dryer are characters).

Also I came for the pedigree (Tony Kushner/Jeanine Tesori) of the show, kno... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Playing Hot
Midtown W
Great music, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like immersive shows, jazz, black culture, and some irreverent fun. It was cool to learn about the little known creator of jazz.

Don't see it if You want a traditional play. Are bothered by performers playing multiple characters. Some chairs were available, but it's mostly standing.

Also I had a lot of fun. The cast was energetic and while it was a play, th... Read more Read less

96
Great staging, Great singing, Edgy, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You are ready for a new take on a classic that mines all the awkward and uncomfortable in gender roles and toxic masculinity.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals and want to stay comfortable.

Also Wonderful cast, great music, interesting staging, and a long modern "d... Read more Read less

85
During previews
We Are The Tigers
East Village
Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy musicals about teens. Quality of songwriting and singing were great, beyond what I expected. A fun show with a lot of strengths.

Don't see it if You need a lot of plot or like more serious/classical shows or plays. You are annoyed by teen drama.

80
Clever, Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if You like strong writing, performances, and one act plays. The second one was a highlight.

Don't see it if You don't like long monologues or are easily offended by discussions that involve the Holocaust, race, and shootings.

Also The first play moved slowly but the second and third were very engagin... Read more Read less

77
During previews
Red State Blue State
West Village
Clever, Funny, Resonant

See it if You enjoy political comedy/commentary on America. Colin is very experienced with good delivery. His short Trump impression was on point.

Don't see it if You don't like comedy, politics, or one man shows.

75
The Unwritten Law
Lower E Side
Absorbing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You want to hear a very personal story that includes monologues about a few generations. Chesney does perform some beatboxing.

Don't see it if You need a tight plot or will get confused by dancers playing multiple roles.

75
Makbet
Brooklyn
Quirky, Great singing, Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if You want an experience. Pre-show interactions were fun and charming. The actual show was well acted and the acapella singing was dramatic.

Don't see it if You can't sit on a crate for more than an hour. You need everything to be set up and clear. You don't like dim or self-lit lighting.

Also I had fun with this gypsy band of actors. I would see another show the... Read more Read less

80
Entertaining, Enchanting, Fluffy, Ambitious

See it if You'll enjoy a straight forward musical with adorable and talented kids. I enjoyed the music and the cast was good. Great adaptation.

Don't see it if You want to see some really new and edgy. This is a feel-good show.

78
Seven Spots on the Sun
West Village
Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You like theater that makes you uncomfortable and spotlights cultural issues. It covers atrocities during a civil war and their effects.

Don't see it if You want a happy, neat, uplifting story. Or if some narration and miming bother you. How some moments unfolded worked better than others.

Also The physicality of some of moments in the play added a lot. I didn't l... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if You enjoy 30 minutes scenes with some good writing. What is really going on takes awhile to develop, and the endings are earning.

Don't see it if You want longer plots and more of a through line.

Also The theme was power, and it was interesting to see 3 different takes o... Read more Read less

85
Clever, Edgy, Refreshing, Profound, Great writing

See it if You enjoy hearing very personal stories told in a funny way. Chris has a natural, relaxed delivery and a great story. It was honest.

Don't see it if You want something very staged and lighthearted.

65
Fluffy, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if You like shows where the cast uses the whole room and you're standing so you move to see what's happening. Some audience interaction

Don't see it if You're not a fan of 60s type plots where the women are supposed to be sexy the whole time and a little ditzy.

Also The cast was energetic and the lead actress that played the queen was ... Read more Read less

85
Flight (FringeNYC)
West Village
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Clever

See it if You'd like a creative and fun take on a Petit Prince story. The acrobatics were on point and furthered the storytelling. Appealing cast.

Don't see it if You need a complex linear plot. It was short, about 45 mins.

55
No Exit
Soho/Tribeca
Confusing, Disappointing, Dated

See it if You are interested in exploring the idea that hell is other people.

Don't see it if You expect it to be a real mix of opera and theater. Singing was at the beginning and end. It was basically a regular play, nothing new.

Also It was a black box theater production with minimal props/set pieces. T... Read more Read less

85
Great staging, Masterful, Romantic, Great dancing

See it if you love dance. The dancing, sets, staging, music: beautiful. Some strong singers and actors, but this show is mostly about the dancing.

Don't see it if you want a tight and fast-moving plot. A lot of the show is dance sequences.

70
During previews
TOUCH
Midtown E
Intense, Great acting, Slow

See it if You like sad plays that reminisce about dead loved ones. The lead actor was convincing and engaging. He made eye contact with the audience

Don't see it if You need structure. Play format didn't always make sense: long monologues then flashbacks where present person is narrating/speaking in past

87
Men on Boats
Midtown W
Clever, Great staging, Great writing, Refreshing

See it if You want to see a humorous tale about exploring the American frontier with an all female cast. Great staging and colorful characters.

Don't see it if You want an intricate plot