Jessie Jaimes

Roosevelt Island | 25-34 | Female
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Reviews (108)
82
During previews
Slow, Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing
November 13th, 2022

See it if you want to see an intense story about the life of a black author in 1949. Audra McDonald absolutely steals the show.

Don't see it if you want to avoid discussions of heavy topics like discrimination, unhealthy relationships, and murder or want to see fancy sets/costumes.

Also I saw this show during invited dress. I have never been in a more resp... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Great acting, Enchanting, Delightful, Ambitious, Absorbing
November 10th, 2022

See it if you want to see a masterful one-man rendition of the classic holiday tale. The sets and lighting take Mays' performance to the next level.

Don't see it if you have a hard time distinguishing many characters played by one actor, or want something fast-paced and flashy. (TW: Sudden loud noises.)

100
A Man of No Importance
East Village
Must see, Great writing, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing
November 4th, 2022

See it if you want to see a brilliant cast bring a tight-knit religious community's intimate drama to life. Mare Winningham is an absolute delight!

Don't see it if you are offended by criticism of religious guilt or depictions of the LGBT community, or are looking for fancy staging as this is barebones.

Also I saw this production with understudies Benjamin Howes and Lee Harring... Read more Read less

100
During previews
Must see, Clever, Hilarious, Great singing, Entertaining
October 20th, 2022

See it if you are looking for a show packed full of humor and heart that's about living in the moment and making the best of what you've got.

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of larger-than-life charicatures, want a serious/realistic story, or are looking for a show touting perfect morals.

98
Nostalgic, Great staging, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful
September 29th, 2022

See it if you are a Harry Potter fan and want to experience some real-life magic. The illusions are brilliantly convincing and the humor lands.

Don't see it if you want a good script — this show is the epitome of tell-don't-show expositional dumps — or you aren't an HP fan. This doesn't stand alone.

Also While the script was questionable at best, it would be an utter, blata... Read more Read less

90
Ambitious, Great writing, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining
September 29th, 2022

See it if you'd like to see a brilliant cast, clever staging and beautiful costumes, wonderful choreography, and Lin's lyrical talent shine.

Don't see it if 3 hours is too long for you, you aren't a fan of rap music, or you want 100% accurate historical works. (TW: gunshots, death)

95
During previews
1776 (Broadway)
Midtown W
Must see, Relevant, Funny, Great singing, Entertaining
September 26th, 2022

See it if you want a brilliant fresh take on a classic musical. Comedy lands, voices shine, and message is well integrated. Can't recommend enough!

Don't see it if you'd avoid a classic show used to send a current political message, don't like gender/race commentary, or old stories bore. (TW: slavery)

Also Fingers crossed for a cast recording — they've got talent!

65
El Quijote
Gramercy
Disappointing, Quirky, Clever, Entertaining, Ambitious
September 21st, 2022

See it if you are a fan of the classic story or want to see some clever prop work. The actor playing Quijote was particularly wonderful in the role.

Don't see it if you aren't already familiar with Don Quijote or fluent in Spanish — the translation device broke multiple times — or you want Broadway.

Also This would have scored higher if it weren't for the technical issues. ... Read more Read less

83
Relevant, Intense, Edgy, Great singing, Great acting
September 8th, 2022

See it if you want to experience the raw thoughts and feelings of a fat, gay, Black man trying to make a fulfilling living in NYC. Performers shine!

Don't see it if candid, sometimes profane discussions of topics such as race, religion, sex, family, and more would offend. No clear-cut happy ending.

Also I saw this production featuring understudy Kyle Ramar Freeman as Usher... Read more Read less

100
Great acting, Entertaining, Enchanting, Ambitious, Absorbing
September 6th, 2022

See it if you want to be spellbound by a master storyteller. Characters are distinct and the music and lighting take the experience to the next level.

Don't see it if you don’t like one-man shows, only enjoy musicals, are looking for something serious with no fluff, or want flashy sets/costumes.

Also I’ve been to a couple of one-man shows before, and Jason Woods is defi... Read more Read less

97
Must see, Hilarious, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful
September 5th, 2022

See it if you love the original production, like creative takes on fairytales, or are looking to see a goofy family show with powerhouse vocalists.

Don't see it if you can't follow songs with fast tempos, aren't a fan of classic fairytales, or want a wholly serious show. (TW: death, mild violence)

88
Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing
September 1st, 2022

See it if you want to see a classic novel come to life on stage. Scenes of intense pain are wonderfully interspersed with streaks of wit and humor.

Don't see it if stories about war, religion, rape, and human suffering are too much to handle. This show gets intense. (TW: haze)

100
Seven Sins
Brooklyn
Exquisite, Great singing, Masterful, Raunchy, Must see
August 22nd, 2022

See it if you want to experience something truly magical. Performances range from ballet to opera to silks and everything in between. Captivating!

Don't see it if you can't handle nudity or religious themes. (TW: haze, incense, strobe)

100
During previews
Oresteia
Upper E Side
Must see, Great acting, Clever, Ambitious, Absorbing
July 20th, 2022

See it if you'd like a clever spin on a Grecian classic with true top-notch acting. Modern language, sets, and effects are masterfully implemented.

Don't see it if you want a happy show, are irked by classics being modernized, or can't sit through 4 hours. TW: blood, nudity, mental illness, loud effects

82
Thought-provoking, Slow, Relevant, Great acting, Ambitious
July 18th, 2022

See it if you want to see a grounded yet quirky comedy that becomes serious in the second act. The ending takes a sharp, poignant turn into metaphor.

Don't see it if you want strictly a comedy or a commentary—this is both—or something fast-paced, fantastical, or non-political. Some non-PC jokes. TW: blood

100
Notre Dame de Paris
Upper W Side
Must see, Great singing, Great dancing, Ambitious, Absorbing
July 18th, 2022

See it if you want a masterful rendition of a popular French show, enjoy dance spectacle, or are a fan of the original novel — no happy Disney ending.

Don't see it if you don’t understand French or want to read supertitles, aren’t a fan of foreign shows, want a happy ending, or can’t handle a little fluff.

80
Enchanting puppetry, Cute, Fluffy, Entertaining, Slow
July 8th, 2022

See it if you want a fun show for kids 5 and under that's also packed with nostalgia for adults. The puppets are very cute and voices spot-on!

Don't see it if you're looking for something flashy, fast-paced, or plot-heavy. This is as fluffy, meandering, and mellow as the source material.

Also The 1-hour runtime may be a tad too long for children with a lot of en... Read more Read less

82
Slow, Riveting, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious
July 3rd, 2022

See it if you’d like to see Danai Gurira absolutely knock the role of Richard III out of the park. Strong performances all around. Clever staging!

Don't see it if you’re a Shakespeare purist or have a hard time filling in gaps. There are silent scenes conveyed exclusively in sign language.

Also Ali Stroker is unfortunately the weak link of this production — she co... Read more Read less

88
Ambitious, Must see, Great staging, Refreshing, Slow
July 1st, 2022

See it if you want to see a refreshingly modern take on a Shakespearian great. A clever use of livestreams and on-stage screens elevates this show.

Don't see it if 4 hours is too long for you, you struggle with Shakespeare, or are a purist. Gertrude wasn't that great. (TW: flashing lights, gunshots)

82
Funny, Intense, Entertaining, Dated, Slow
June 15th, 2022

See it if you want to see three BRILLIANT actors give captivating performances. Rockwell is witty, Fishburne is intense, and Criss is heartbreaking.

Don't see it if you can't stand hyper-masculine scripts or want something action-packed. This is a slow show with little fanfare. (TW: language, violence)

82
Fluffy, Great staging, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining
May 21st, 2022

See it if you're looking for a family-friendly show with lots of talented singers and dancers and are impressed by impersonations and quick changes.

Don't see it if you want a new twist or memorable music—everything is fun in the moment but leaves your brain immediately. TW: flashing lights, fog effects

85
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Dated, Great singing, Entertaining
May 21st, 2022

See it if you would like to hear a powerhouse lead vocalist or to see a show about how little choices can have a big impact on your life.

Don't see it if you have hearing issues — the live band overpowers the un-mic'd actors. Some jokes are outdated, especially those about bisexuality.

85
During previews
Quirky, Fluffy, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining
May 13th, 2022

See it if you're seeking a fluffy rom-com musical about love in absurd circumstances. The singing is truly top-notch and the jokes are worth a giggle.

Don't see it if you want a love story with substance. This is just as superficial and flowery as the original R+J tale. Brooklyn/Italy jokes get overused.

98
A classic reimagined, Intense, Must see, Great acting, Absorbing
May 13th, 2022

See it if you are a fan of the original play and want to experience it with modern language (done right) or are looking to see some masterful acting.

Don't see it if you have a hard time understanding accents or hate abrupt pacing changes — scenes go from slow and methodical to quick and witty in a snap.

Also I was able to get the $10 rush tickets for this show and the seats end... Read more Read less

100
Must see, Great singing, Great acting, Enchanting, Absorbing
May 7th, 2022

See it if you want to hear hauntingly beautiful vocals and see a charming fairytale come to life. These actresses make the empty stage feel full!

Don't see it if you have a hard time understanding thick accents, aren't a fan of black-box in-the-round, or don't like people playing many roles. TW: death

75
The Patsy
Lower E Side
Confusing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Ambitious
April 28th, 2022

See it if you want to see a brilliant one-man production! Quick-witted, fast-paced, and full of comedy — this show has heart. Greenspan is impressive!

Don't see it if you're not a fan of one-man shows / get confused by quick/subtle character swaps. This is a small-scale dramedy; avoid if you want big plots

98
Must see, Intense, Funny, Great acting, Absorbing
April 17th, 2022

See it if you want to see a top-notch play about personal identity, understanding/accepting your peers, and appreciating the simple things in life.

Don't see it if full-frontal nudity isn't your cup of tea or you don't want to hear soliloquies about the beauty of baseball. (TW: nudity, slurs, death)

77
Profound, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intense
April 17th, 2022

See it if you want to see a serious drama that will leave you feeling uneasy and don't mind interjections of humor to lighten the dark subject matter.

Don't see it if you want a happy show. (MASSIVE TW: grooming, pedophilia, incest, sexual assault)

Also I would have scored this higher, but something about Mary-Louise Parke... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Funny, Great dancing, Great singing, Entertaining, Ambitious
April 17th, 2022

See it if you are a fan of the original/are looking for a classic, you want to see some solid comedy and top-notch dancing, and like female-led shows.

Don't see it if you are looking for a powerhouse vocalist in Beanie, true opulence in sets and costumes, or want something with a 100% happy ending.

Also I found that for what Beanie lacked in vocals ('Don't Rain on My Parad... Read more Read less

98
Songs About Trains
West Village
Must see, Ambitious, Resonant, Absorbing, Great singing
April 14th, 2022

See it if you love folk music, black box shows, or stories that focus on imparting a powerful message more than featuring an event-driven plotline.

Don't see it if you don't like intimate venues or only enjoy shows with a linear plot. This show features famous songs interspersed with letter readings.

66
During previews
Hangmen (Broadway)
Midtown W
Disappointing, Intense, Funny, Great staging
April 12th, 2022

See it if you are looking for a dark comedy commenting on the death penalty. The sets were top-notch and Alfie Allen stole the show as Mooney.

Don't see it if you have hearing issues — actors mic'd poorly; thick accents — people in the back missed a LOT of jokes. (TW: dark humor, death, sex jokes)

Also I typically love a good dark comedy, but the show was quite disappoint... Read more Read less

100
Must see, Quirky, Hilarious, Great acting, Entertaining
March 27th, 2022

See it if you want a silly, fluffy show packed with meta and slapstick humor. The mechanics of the sets are something to behold.

Don't see it if slapstick/physical comedy isn’t your thing, you need a show with a point, or you want a musical. (TW: one gunshot sound effect)

Also Know what you’re getting into here: it’s a fast-paced SLAPSTICK comedy... Read more Read less

95
Heartland (59e59)
Midtown E
Must see, Intense, Riveting, Great acting, Absorbing
March 23rd, 2022

See it if you want to be pulled through a rollercoaster of emotions, from happiness and sadness to outage and respect. The acting is superb.

Don't see it if you want something flashy, talk of faith/war upset you, bilingual scripts confuse you, or you don't like shows that start light & end heavy.

Also I'm not one to be enticed by love stories, but the scenes between Nazr... Read more Read less

85
Resonant, Refreshing, Profound, Entertaining, Absorbing
February 26th, 2022

See it if you want to see something uplifting and motivational with lots of wit, charm, great music, and a storyteller that draws you in completely.

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of one-man shows, hate banjo/bluegrass, can't handle talks of cancer, or want to see something flashy.

82
During previews
Reminded me of my own friends and family, Entertaining, Slow, Great acting, Funny
February 24th, 2022

See it if you want to see a diverse family’s warring POVs on relevant issues with a comedic spin. The digs feel realistic & the parts with heart land.

Don't see it if you want something polished—this is a world premiere undergoing rewrites—or if you need a show to have a “point” or tell you what’s “right.”

68
BAROCOCO (2022)
Midtown E
There's a plot hidden in the background, Slow, Fluffy, Funny
February 14th, 2022

See it if you enjoy absurdity, farce, pantomime, and abstract humor or want to see something that challenges you to figure out what's really going on.

Don't see it if you want something with a clear plot or point — there are things happening in the background, but nothing's clear until the last few minutes

60
Fugitive Colors
Brooklyn
Poor execution, Indulgent, Cliched, Disappointing, Slow
February 4th, 2022

See it if found-family stories about serious topics are your cup of tea. There's a good story under the surface but it's not the most well-executed.

Don't see it if you want something polished. The script needs some rewrites to catch a younger crowd & the acting could be stronger. (TW: abortion, suicide)

70
Slow, Quirky, Ambitious, Entertaining, Clever
January 30th, 2022

See it if you would like to see 2 entertaining 70-minute plays back-to-back — one comedic, one informative, or are a fan of simple black-box theatre.

Don't see it if you want to see something fast-paced and with a ton of polish, or if the actresses occasionally fumbling their lines will bother you.

Also The first play — The Collision — was definitely the better of the two.... Read more Read less

90
Must see, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining
January 21st, 2022

See it if you want a peek into the minds of famous US assassins, like Sondheim, enjoy shows in the round, or want to see some AMAZING singing/acting.

Don't see it if you are looking for something flashy or don't enjoy shows in the round. The show uses just what it needs to tell its story. (TW: gunshots)

65
Middling, Overrated, Dizzying, Ambitious, Great singing
January 15th, 2022

See it if you are a fan of Bob Dylan's music, want to hear amazing vocalists, like serious plots, and enjoy large ensemble casts.

Don't see it if you struggle following many characters at once or want them to be well-developed. (TW: mental illness, rape, racism, suicide, gunshots)

Also The large ensemble cast was both a blessing and a curse for this show.... Read more Read less

95
Clyde's (Broadway)
Midtown W
Slow, Entertaining, Relevant, Great acting, Hilarious
January 10th, 2022

See it if you enjoy slice-of-life plays with exaggerated and fantastical moments, LOTS of comedy, and flashes of heart.

Don't see it if you want to see something flashy or aren't looking for a message about the prison system in your comedy. (TW: sexual harassment)

77
Hear/Now: LIVE!
Midtown W
Unique, Slow, Quirky, Entertaining, Clever
December 16th, 2021

See it if you enjoy classic radio plays or are interested in seeing how they're made. Seeing how certain foley effects are done is the coolest part.

Don't see it if you're looking for something flashy or fast-paced. Both stories are slow, the stage is bare, and actors read directly from scripts.

83
Preparedness
Soho/Tribeca
Funny, Intense, Relevant, Great acting, Entertaining
December 8th, 2021

See it if you are looking for a dark comedy that touches on serious themes like school shootings and misogyny. Reminiscent of "The Office".

Don't see it if you aren't interested in a slice-of-life story of university politics or want something wholly lighthearted. (TW: gunshots, shouting)

Also As someone who works in a university office and does yearly active sho... Read more Read less

95
Great singing, Must see, Great staging, Entertaining, Ambitious
December 7th, 2021

See it if you are a fan of the 2001 movie, as the plot is the same but the soundtrack is fresh — or if you are looking for a wild visual spectacle.

Don't see it if you don't like jukebox musicals, modern pop soundtracks in historical settings, or love triangle plots. (TW: haze effects, flashing lights.)

90
Great acting, Delightful, Great dancing, Great singing, Entertaining
December 4th, 2021

See it if you enjoy jukebox musicals w/ a bunch of loose vignettes (à la Smokey Joe's Cafe) or want to see 5 talented actors sing their hearts out.

Don't see it if you want something with a solid plot or aren't a fan of Harlem Renaissance jazz/blues/swing. (TW: prop cigarette smoke)

85
The Alchemist
Midtown W
Quirky, Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining
November 29th, 2021

See it if farces are up your alley (Noises Off, ...Being Earnest), you like shows that happen in real-time, or enjoy actors playing many silly roles.

Don't see it if you want a family-friendly comedy, aren't a fan of sex jokes, or are looking for a long-form plot. TW: smoke effects, actors shouting.

87
For a previous production
A Sherlock Carol
Midtown W
Slow, Quirky, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever
November 22nd, 2021

See it if you enjoy murder mysteries, are looking for a quirky twist on a classic Christmas tale, or want to take the family to a fun holiday show.

Don't see it if you want side-splitting comedy or something 100% serious—this lands in the middle; or don't enjoy actors playing multiple roles. TW: smoke.

Also Drew McVety (Sherlock Holmes) is the clear star of the show. Each time... Read more Read less

75
Fairycakes
West Village
Entertaining, Clever, Quirky, Fluffy, Funny
November 13th, 2021

See it if you want to see some A-list actors performing a silly, lighthearted show with a strong community theatre vibe.

Don't see it if you are looking for something with a big-budget "showstopper" feel or can't stand listening to continuous rhyming couplets.

95
Relevant, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing
October 26th, 2021

See it if you like Alanis Morissette's music, enjoy high-tech sets and artsy choreography, or are looking for a show with (many) moving messages.

Don't see it if you don't like shows with political messaging or want a perfect ending. TW: flashing lights, unaccepting LGBT+ parents, addiction, and rape.

55
Overrated, Edgy, Relevant, Slow, Great acting
October 18th, 2021

See it if you are looking for a one-woman show with a strong and solid performance and enjoy slow, non-linear storytelling.

Don't see it if you're uninterested in seeing something that has an almost exclusive message of "you are a terrible person for participating in capitalism."