Jessie Jaimes

Roosevelt Island | 18-24 | Female
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Reviews (69)
65
Middling, Overrated, Dizzying, Ambitious, Great singing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
A Sherlock Carol
Midtown W
Slow, Quirky, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

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

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

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

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."

85
Relatable, Quirky, Cliched, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you are looking for a feel-good, relatable comedy where a family drives one another crazy but, at the end of the day, is full of love.

Don't see it if you can't handle funerals or religion (esp. relating to LGBT+ relationships), don't like shows in the round, or want humor without clichés.

Also The eulogies were quite touching and heartfelt — as someone who recent... Read more Read less

100
Must see, Hilarious, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you are a fan of the original production or are looking for a campy musical you have yet to see – or just want to have a fun night out.

Don't see it if you are looking for a brand new adaptation or a ditzy Ellen Greene-esque Audrey performance. TW: abusive relationships, flashing lights.

Also I saw this production with Jeremy Jordan (Seymour), Tammy Blanchard (A... Read more Read less

90
Profound, Intense, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you are looking for biting social commentary about the relationship between Black Americans and the police.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a show tackling systemic racism, white supremacy, and police brutality, or can't handle frequent usage of the n-word.

85
Rock of Ages
Midtown W
Raunchy, Great staging, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you are looking for a rockin' night with songs you can jam out to. Singing is phenomenal, dancing is energetic, and the atmosphere is fun!

Don't see it if you don't like jukebox musicals, '80s music, sexual themes, or drug references. Bright lights, fog machines, and fake cigarettes are used.

65
Entertaining, Cliched, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you are a fan of horror, like simple sets/costumes, and want to support a new theatre company.

Don't see it if you expect a masterpiece or something wholly original. Avoid if you are triggered by abusive relationships or don't like loud screams.

Also This show had a lot of potential, but ended up falling flat in a coupl... Read more Read less

60
Frankenstein (CSC)
East Village
Ambitious, Confusing, Great acting, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you want to see a Frankenstein adaptation that focuses for a long time on creation myth parallels and is a bit avant-garde in its writing.

Don't see it if you are not familiar with the original Mary Shelley Novel, do not like experimental theatre, or want complex staging with a large cast.

Also I think there was a lot of potential for a good show here, which is pr... Read more Read less

95
Dracula (CSC)
East Village
Riveting, Relevant, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you want to see strong actors give a performance that is equal parts funny and hauntingly resonant.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a feminist take on the classic tale, or if you are sensitive to flashing lights or light artificial fog.

100
Raunchy, Quirky, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you are looking for a really fun time. The show has catchy tunes, an amazing cast, and lots of Tim Burton creep and charm.

Don't see it if you are looking for something family-friendly. There is a lot of dark and adult humor in this show.

75
During previews
West Side Story
Midtown W
Relevant, Great staging, Great dancing, Intense, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy WSS but won't be mad at choreo changes, or if you would like a live-filming of the actors projected on the stage in real-time.

Don't see it if you don't want changes from the original show or don't like discussions of gangs or police brutality. TW for gunshots, racism, and assault.

85
The Crucible (Bedlam)
East Village
Profound, Intense, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you want to see a dramatized version of the Salem witch trials, enjoy intense plots, and want to go out for a long night of theatre.

Don't see it if you don't want to see something 3+ hours long, the talk of religion/witchcraft/the devil bothers you, or you are looking for a big-budget.

95
Nutcracker Rouge
Brooklyn
Quirky, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Raunchy

See it if you want to see a raunchy variety show full of talent and wonder, or like vignettes strewn together to tell a VERY loose story.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy (near) nudity, circus stunts, or want original music. Avoid if you have breathing problems or sensory issues.

Also Coming off the tails of their production of Queen of Hearts, I found t... Read more Read less

95
Games
Soho/Tribeca
Relevant, Resonant, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in a true story about two strong, independent women, or want to see a compelling performance from two talented actresses.

Don't see it if the discussion of race, religion, politics, or Nazis make you uncomfortable, or if you want something more extravagant than black box.

85
Quirky, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you enjoy being a semi-part of the show or want to see a creative take on the art world through the lens of Alice in Wonderland.

Don't see it if you want a big-budget show, aren't okay with LGBT relationships, or want to see something lighthearted and family-friendly.

Also The gallery it's held in is positively incredible! Worth the trip to L... Read more Read less

100
Queen of Hearts
Brooklyn
Must see, Raunchy, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a raunchy variety show full of talent and wonder, or like vignettes strewn together to tell a loose story.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy (near) nudity, political statements, or want original music. Avoid if you have breathing problems or sensory issues.

100
Must see, Great singing, Great acting, Enchanting, Ambitious

See it if you are a fan of the original musical and would like to see it in a new context, enjoy simple staging, or like shows driven by culture.

Don't see it if you are not familiar enough with the show to not need the supertitles/don't feel like reading them for a majority of the show.

90
God Shows Up
Midtown W
Great acting, Resonant, Relevant, Funny, Clever

See it if you want comedic commentary on crooked televangelists and the hypocrisy that is posed by widespread, monetized religion.

Don't see it if you don't like shows poking fun at religious beliefs, or don't want your views about God, religion, etc. challenged.

80
Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy the reversal of gender roles, want a diverse cast, and like having the actors incorporating the aisles and seating into the show.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy child actors or do not want to see an LGBT representation of a classic work. Warning for flashing lights at the beginning.

Also I feel as though some things worked phenomenally well in this show, wh... Read more Read less

80
Entertaining, Delightful, Great staging, Great singing, Funny

See it if you are a fan of the Temptations, Motown music, or jukebox musicals in general, like precise choreography, or extremely talented vocalists.

Don't see it if you are looking for something new/groundbreaking. At the end of the day, it is a biographical jukebox musical like many others out today.

97
The Comedian's Tragedy
Soho/Tribeca
Must see, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy mythic tales based on the stories of old, clever usage of sets and blacklights, or intense acting that draws you into the story.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy small black box productions or would like to see a big-budget show. May be confusing if you don't know Greek mythology.

70
Great singing, Disappointing, Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you like cleverly-written, catchy musical numbers and simple, straightforward plots that are poking fun at the daily lives of PAs.

Don't see it if you want to see something with fancy sets, costumes, and choreography or would like to see a show that has a satisfying ending.

Also This show was, quite honestly, one of the best I've seen from a small ... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Profound, Great writing, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you enjoy Greek mythology, like creative staging, enjoy opera-style shows, and like brassy, soulful music.

Don't see it if you would rather avoid shows making political statements about capitalism.

Also I would just like to note that the song "Why We Build the Wall" was wr... Read more Read less

100
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
Soho/Tribeca
Quirky, Great acting, Great staging, Funny, Clever

See it if you like cleverly minimal casting and set usage, like dark comedy, or enjoy the intimate feel of black box theatre.

Don't see it if you want to see flashy sets and costumes or large casts. There are bright lights and dense fog, so don't see if those cause discomfort.

100
Must see, Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are a fan of the original book as the play holds close to the plot. Also if you like shows that have both quiet and intense moments.

Don't see it if slurs, racial tensions, and sex crimes make you uncomfortable. Also if you aren't interested in shows with a political undercurrent.

90
Must see, Riveting, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy Shakespearian plays, shows done in-the-round, and simple staging.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy productions where classic roles are gender-swapped or want to see something flashy.

Also I saw the production with a male Ophelia and female Hamlet and it was ... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Hilarious, Great singing, Great staging, Great acting, Clever

See it if you enjoy shows that have relatable characters in unique situations, "supervillain" plots, or ensemble dance numbers.

Don't see it if you don't like innuendo, teen dramedy, sci-fi, or you are incredibly attached to the original score and will not appreciate lyrical edits.

Also The biggest changes from the original show that I noticed were to "Pit... Read more Read less

100
Funny, Edgy, Great singing, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you enjoy the original storyline of Pretty Woman, don't mind a bit of raunchy humor, and like romantic comedies.

Don't see it if you want something super family-friendly or are not one for romances. TW: There's a brief scene depicting the lead-up to sexual violence

85
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great singing, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you enjoy creative sets and costumes as well as the retelling of folklore.

Don't see it if you want elaborate sets or costumes. Also if you are not a fan of love stories.

100
Drunk Shakespeare
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Hilarious, Quirky, Raunchy

See it if you enjoy Shakespeare or drunken shenanigans. It's a fun night filled with unpredictable hilarity and booze - a must see!

Don't see it if you prefer serious performances, elaborate costumes, and fancy sets. Avoid completely if you don't like being a part of the show.

Also Went for my 21st birthday, and it was definitely a memorable night!

100
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Profound, Riveting

See it if you enjoy creative sets and costumes, like intense acting, or want to see a show with themes that still resonate with the audience today

Don't see it if you cannot handle discussions of sex, sexuality, terminal illness, or death.

Also I saw both Part 1 (1:00 p.m.) and Part 2 (7:00 p.m.) on the same day.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Relevant, Intense

See it if you want to see an extremely relatable and emotional show that will hit home.

Don't see it if you cannot handle the topic of teen suicide.

Also I saw this production with the role of Connor Murphy played by Ben Lev... Read more Read less

100
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing, Nostalgic

See it if you enjoyed the original TV show, enjoy flashy sets and costumes, or want to enjoy laugh-filled, family-friendly entertainment.

Don't see it if you want a more serious theatre experience.

Also I saw this production with the roles usually played by Brandon Espinoz... Read more Read less

100
During previews
Great singing, Great staging, Hilarious, Great acting, Nostalgic

See it if you are a fan of the original movie, like raunchy humor, or want to see something funny with an uplifting ending.

Don't see it if if you want to see something complex and subtle, or you are put off by sexual humor or stereotype jokes.

Also I saw this production with the role of Janis Sarkisian played by Tee B... Read more Read less

95
Chicago (Broadway)
Midtown W
Clever, Great singing, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you prefer story over flashy visuals, enjoy seeing the band on stage, and like "classic showtunes".

Don't see it if you would like to see something visually dazzling or don't enjoy mentions of violence.

100
Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Must see

See it if you like historical fiction, enjoy grand scenes and elaborate costumes, and enjoy romance.

Don't see it if you would like to see a show grounded in historical fact, or prefer physical setpieces as most of the sets are on screens.

75
Meteor Shower
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Hilarious, Quirky, Raunchy

See it if you want a good laugh about relationship drama and married life.

Don't see it if you enjoy linear plotlines, deep plots, and complex humor.

100
Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Hilarious, Great singing

See it if you like elaborate sets, rock music, child actors, and the original School of Rock movie.

Don't see it if you don't like child actors, you want a deep and thought-provoking script, or don't enjoy rock music.

Also All of the children play their own instruments and absolutely OWN them... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Intense, Resonant

See it if you are interested in true accounts/historical pieces, enjoy ensemble soundtracks, and like actors playing multiple roles.

Don't see it if you want elaborate sets and costumes, prefer solos over ensembles, like actors playing one role only, or don't like historical accounts.

100
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Funny, Clever, Great writing

See it if you enjoyed Henrik Ibsen's classic, have strong feminist opinions, or like updated takes on old works.

Don't see it if you want an extravagant performance, elaborate sets, or an easygoing theatre experience.

100
Entertaining, Great singing, Great writing, Great staging, Must see

See it if you enjoy smashing gender stereotypes, catchy Cyndi Lauper music, and shows that get the audience amped up.

Don't see it if you don't like shows that explore drag and the LGBT+ community or painfully fake British accents.