Jessica 93

New York City | 35-49 | Female

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Reviews (57)
85
During previews
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

85
Masterful, Funny, Entertaining, Enchanting, Great singing

See it if You like revivals (from 1920s) and exceptional singing. The cast was very talented. The acting and staging were good, too. Quite charming

Don't see it if You don't want to read supertitles, since most of the show is in Yiddish. You don't like old fashioned love stories.

88
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You want an intimate theater experience full of subtle gestures and facial expressions. It's funny, heartwarming, and surprising.

Don't see it if You can't handle a scene of male nudity. Just look away if you can't. Also, not everything is spelled out if you want to know it all.

85
Ambitious, Masterful, Great staging, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You like big shows with dance numbers. The leads were all great and the tap dance were superb. Audra is a treasure.

Don't see it if The show is a bit long and just sort of ends. It takes you through the continued history of the characters, which is a bit of a slow downer

80
During previews
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You want to work through the different angles on campus rape and see the aftermath of sexual assault through interviews and conversations.

Don't see it if You want more action in a play or are sensitive to hearing about sexual assault.

80
Intense, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You want to see some really masterful acting. Jessica Lange is amazing. The long monologues give the actors a lot to chew on.

Don't see it if You don't like family dramas or long monologues. The play is as long as an opera.

78
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Intense

See it if You enjoy musicals with humor, drama, and long dance sequences. The lead, Tevya, is really great.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals or don't like to experience a large shift in tone from act 1 to 2. I wasn't familiar with the story and it got dark.

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

30
Disappointing, Slow, Banal

See it if You are extremely interested in past lives and psychics.

Don't see it if You don't want long monologues about life that don't go anywhere. I didn't care about the characters. Interesting premise, bad theater.

69
Great staging, Raunchy, Fluffy, Great acting, Great singing

See it if The performers were amazing. The ensemble played so many characters but pulled them all off. Singing was full and great with only 5 actors.

Don't see it if You need more plot. Some of the songs didn't seem to have much point or drive the plot forward. It was a shame because the actors were great

90
Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Relevant

See it if You are interested in family dramas and shared memories. The staging and acting were great and the characters well drawn.

Don't see it if You want to see an epic show on a grand scale

87
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy tense, excellent acting. Frank Langella really nailed it. The set/staging was very effective.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a show about the confusion of dementia.

88
Absorbing, Ambitious, Epic, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if You enjoy intense plays with strong performances, innovative staging and lighting, and some effects.

Don't see it if You want something light hearted. It's intense.

75
Edgy, Great staging, Original, Ambitious, Quirky

See it if You'd enjoy a stylish and slim version of The Idiot. I thought the staging and effects were effective and interesting, with good acting.

Don't see it if If you really know the Idiot, it seems that you will find something lacking. There are a lot of conversations and not a lot of plot.