JessiesGirl

Sunnyside | Female
About:  Theater junkie, NYU adjunct. Lover of challenging, three hour plays and all things 80's.
Reviews (88)
Preview harryclarke
95
Entertaining, Riveting, Great staging, Great acting, Delightful

See it if you want to see a virtuoso in a tour-de-force performance. Billy Crudup is wonderful - charming, funny and sexy. A super fun night out.

Don't see it if you don't like solo shows.

Preview bandstand 800x1200 l1
82
Relevant, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you like classic musicals or big band music. This is a lovely show and Laura Osnes & Corey Cott are really outstanding. Great choreography.

Don't see it if You are bothered by an almost entirely white cast for a musical about jazz music. It does seem odd & mars an otherwise fine piece of theater

Preview between riverside and crazy
93
Profound, Intense, Masterful, Great writing, Exquisite

See it if you want to see stunning writing for the stage. Stephen Adly Guirgis is one of our best dramatists and this play is one of his best.

Don't see it if you don't like plays about real people or with strong language. The characters can be morally ambiguous and that may bother some,

Preview cabaret
95
Resonant, Profound, Masterful, Great acting, Exquisite

See it if you want to see a master director take on one of the theater's greatest musicals. Profound and moving with stunning performances.

Don't see it if you don't like serious musicals. Kander and Ebb will leave you moved, gutted and thinking about this show for a long time after it ends.

Preview v1
79
Resonant, Profound, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you are a fan of Suzan-Lori Parks or like theater that is about issues that affect our human condition. Thought-provoking and solidly acted.

Don't see it if you don't like plays that explore the politics of race. It is highly stylized so it's perhaps not the choice for those who like naturalism.

Preview h1
92
Resonant, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a fresh take on Hamlet. Setting is an Arab country w/Farsi sprinkled throughout. Great, thoughtful context for a classic.

Don't see it if You aren't open to new interpretations of classics. There is so much here to think about!

Preview present laughter1
90
Entertaining, Hilarious, Great acting, Delightful, Clever

See it if You like Coward and want to see actors at the top of their game perform this genre perfectly. Kevin Kilne is fantastic.

Don't see it if You don't like comedy of manners or if you prefer slapstick, sophomoric laughs over wit and elegance.

Preview art7
100
For a previous production
Hilarious, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Clever

See it if you want to laugh until tears stream down your face and if you like perfectly executed British humor. Top notch cast, great family show!

Don't see it if if you have no sense of humor. This is physical comedy of the best kind.

Preview osloshowpage.jpeg  284x50000 q85 subsampling 2
95
Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Riveting, Ambitious

See it if you like political drama exciting and exquisitely written. Easily my favorite play this year. Fab performances also.

Don't see it if you don't like political drama or long talky plays.

Preview six degrees
81
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if A good revival of an excellent play by Master playwright John Guare. Allison Janney's performance alone is worth the ticket price.

Don't see it if You don't like thought-provoking drama or prefer lighter fare.

Preview joan of arc into the fire white
88
Absorbing, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Resonant

See it if you are a fan of David Byrne's music or Alex Timbers' direction. It's a fresh take on a classic story. Great leading lady.

Don't see it if you don't like modernizing period tales. The anachronistic take is a way of tying the story into our modern reality but not for everyone.

Preview sunday in the park white
91
Intelligent, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Exquisite

See it if you like intelligent, thought-provoking musicals that say something about the human condition or being an artist. The leads are fantastic.

Don't see it if You are looking for a fun, musical comedy or want simpler, hummable music. The music in the show is gorgeous and complicated.

Preview latinhistory1
97
For a previous production
Clever, Resonant, Relevant, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you like your theater really funny with a dash of history and politics on the side. John Leguizamo is simply the best - fab performance

Don't see it if you don't like one man shows, have no sense of humor or you don't like theater that gets in your face with social issues.

Preview miss saigon1
95
Masterful, Epic, Great acting, Great singing, Exquisite

See it if you love lavish, emotionally gripping musicals w/gorgeous music. Better than the original, worth seeing for Jon Jon Briones as the Engineer.

Don't see it if you don't like big musicals in the style of Les Miz and Phantom.

Preview kid victory key 800x1200
66
Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you like to see new musicals as they are being developed. This is an interesting but flawed piece. Music is great, book needs work.

Don't see it if you like musicals with dance numbers and big production values. This is a small, dark, thought provoking but ultimately unsatisfying show.

Preview manfromnebraska
85
During previews
Great writing, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like serious dramas about the human condition. It unfolds slowly but beautifully and features superb acting, especially by Reed Birney.

Don't see it if you don't like plays that move at a slower pace or if serious drama about existential questions are not your genre.

Preview finian s rainbow white
79
Clever, Quirky, Great singing, Enchanting

See it if you like classic musicals with a quirky twist. This is an odd, yet satisfying show, carried mostly by the extraordinary voices of the leads.

Don't see it if you don't like old-fashioned musicals or are expecting big production values - this is a lovely but stripped down version.

Preview 800x1200 jitney
95
Resonant, Profound, Masterful, Great acting, Exquisite

See it if you love exquisite writing and complex characters portrayed by a cast at the very top of their form. Also a must see for August Wilson fans.

Don't see it if you need a lot of action or don't like plays with a lot of language (or even heightened language.)

Preview notes from the field white
86
During previews
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Profound, Great acting

See it if you like serious theater that challenges you to think about your world. Or want to see virtuosic acting from an amazing researcher/performer

Don't see it if you don't like theater to deliver political/social issue messaging. Or if you don't like one-person shows.

Preview rtc holidayinn cast
83
Great choreography, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you are a fan of classic musicals or tap dancing. Sweet and a bit old-fashioned, the fantastic dancing is the reason to see it.

Don't see it if you don't like old school period musicals or if you prefer weightier fare.

Preview rotten 2
87
Great acting, Hilarious, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if you need a fun night out or are a fan of big, splashy musicals. The cast is terrific and the staging is energetic and brisk.

Don't see it if musical comedy isn't your thing. This has laughs, puns, sight gags and clever wit galore. Curmudgeons stay home!

Preview 18579 show portrait large
77
Clever, Hilarious, Quirky, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You want a fun night out and like your laughs from Comedy Central shows. At less than 90 minutes, it's a perfect date night.

Don't see it if You prefer weightier, more dramatic fare. This is light, funny, yet smart. Mostly filled with one-liners, not a show that demands a lot.

Preview ame p107 180x270 l2
90
During previews
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Intense, Ambitious

See it if you're a fan of the book or movie. Ben Walker perfectly captures the isolation & loneliness of the character. An 80's consumerism critique.

Don't see it if you are expecting a rousing, emotional experience. The opposite is achieved (intentionally) - the numbness and alienation is by design.

Preview 18592 show portrait large
84
Riveting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see the best performance by an actor on Broadway this year! Jeff Daniels is magnificent and intense in this 90 minute play.

Don't see it if you don't like serious plays with rather disturbing subject matter.

Preview str 200x300 logo
80
Resonant, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you are not looking for anything too heavy. A 90 minute brisk relationship tale with really good acting & an interesting twist. Fun outing.

Don't see it if you don't like gay-themed plays or are uncomfortable with on-stage make out sessions.

Preview fa1
90
Resonant, Profound, Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you love Suzan-Lori Parks' writing. Or if you love edgy, slightly more avant-garde theater. This is an exquisite production of this play.

Don't see it if Brechtian style theater isn't your thing. If you are bothered by implied violence or are strongly against abortion.

Preview mtp showscore 264x392 rev
5
For a previous production
Amateurish, Insipid, Embarassing, Cliched, Banal

See it if you are being paid to go. And then possibly not as this may be the worse 90 minutes you ever spend in a theater. Horrible, unfunny writing.

Don't see it if you value actual comedy because you will not laugh. Or you may laugh at the absurdity of someone actually putting money behind this show.

Also The young lady playing Ivanka and Hillary is a real talent. One wishes... Read more Read less

Preview viewbridge resized
92
Profound, Masterful, Great staging, Exquisite, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a stunning, fresh production of this classic play. Ivo von Hove is one of our most innovative, original directors.

Don't see it if you don't like minimalist or stylized productions, especially of classic plays.

Preview fences resized
94
Resonant, Profound, Masterful, Exquisite, Ambitious

See it if you care about great writing. August Wilson is a master playwright whose works speak beautifully to the human condition.

Don't see it if you don't like long plays that are mostly talk with little action.

Preview aa1
88
Riveting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Ambitious

See it if You want writing to be sharp and intelligent. Great performances, especially Josh Charles and Will Patton.

Don't see it if You need totally realistic settings - there is a bit of the abstract in this wonderful script.

Preview img 0130
79
Thought-provoking, Profound, Intelligent, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You are a Sondheim fan or love to see rarely produced musicals. Great signing and acting.

Don't see it if You like musicals w/large production values. It is bare bones & stripped down & may not be for everyone. Enjoyed it but missed the pageantry

Preview sob 0056m logoresize 800x1200px 3 720
95
Resonant, Masterful, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you love drama that is topical and speaks to today's times. See if you care about our country. Unbelievably good acting and writing.

Don't see it if you don't like hard hitting drama. This is train ride that goes full speed once it leaves the station. Relentless and powerful.

Preview happydays
90
Riveting, Masterful, Great acting, Exquisite, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a great actress turn in an unforgettable tour-de-force performance unlike any other. A stunning production of a classic.

Don't see it if you don't like existential theater or Beckett or like theater to be naturalistic and traditional.

Preview indecent poster
91
Profound, Great writing, Great acting, Exquisite, Ambitious

See it if you want to see drama at its best on Broadway. Easily Ms. Vogel's most ambitious and beautiful play. Gorgeous staging.

Don't see it if you don't like serious drama. This is a play that will break your heart.

Preview sweeney
92
Great staging, Riveting, Intense, Great singing, Clever

See it if You want to see a classic show reimagined in a fresh and immersive new way. Fantastic directing that brings the audience into the action.

Don't see it if Darker shows or onstage violence bother you or if you prefer big sets and large orchestras. This is essentially a chamber musical.

Preview in transit
61
Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Great singing, Cliched

See it if you are an a capella fan. There are some ingenious arrangements and clever uses of the human voice. The cast is very good.

Don't see it if you don't like a capella. I enjoyed it but found that I missed hearing instruments and full orchestrations.

Preview the new yorkers
70
Funny, Fluffy, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you like classic musical comedies. A beautiful production of a rarely produced show. Lighter fare, pure entertainment.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of old-fashioned humor or don't like period shows. It's a comedy satire, so the characters aren't fully drawn out.

Preview hairy ape white
85
During previews
Profound, Great staging, Great acting, Dizzying, Ambitious

See it if you like theater of the absurd & want to see an exquisite production. Tour de force performance by Bobby Cannavale, great direction.

Don't see it if you don't like experimental/expressionist theater. The underlying message is bleak so avoid if you don't like dark plays.

Preview if i forget key art   show score
92
Riveting, Resonant, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you like great dramatic writing in the style of AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY. This play is exquisitely written and beautifully acted.

Don't see it if you prefer lighter fare or don't like longer, talky plays. However, every minute of this play is riveting so you might be surprised.

Preview beautyqueen2
94
Riveting, Masterful, Great acting, Great writing, Exquisite

See it if you like exquisite writing, fantastic acting & drama that will take your breath away from both the beauty and horror of what is before you.

Don't see it if You have a problem with Irish accents or don't like language driven plays that require full out concentration and immersion.

Preview 299518
75
During previews
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you like absorbing stories about current issues. Phenomenal acting by Eddie Martinez, who created a beautifully real and complex character.

Don't see it if you don't like to be confronted with race relations at the theater or if a two hander isn't enough to hold your attention.

Preview frontpage
75
Dated, Quirky, Funny, Great acting

See it if you want to see what all the buzz is about - fantastic actors, many in small parts, make this old chestnut entertaining and fun.

Don't see it if you like more relevant, thought provoking pieces. Or prefer plays with more contemporary issues.

Preview sor showscore 264x392
90
Ambitious, Great writing, Refreshing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you want a fun, joyful night at the theater. The book by Julian Fellowes was surprisingly funny, smart and kept things moving. Great kids.

Don't see it if you hate shows with child actors (I normally do but this was a lovely exception) - the kids aren't "cute." Not your typical ALW music.

Preview oh hello1
94
Refreshing, Intelligent, Hilarious, Delightful, Clever

See it if you want to laugh non-stop for 90 mins, if you like comedy hilarious yet subversive & smart. The show is really a valentine to the theater.

Don't see it if You don't like indie and off-beat shows or you prefer a more traditional show.

Preview color purple
89
Great singing, Resonant, Profound, Epic, Exquisite

See it if you like theatre to be emotionally moving & captivating. With the best voices on Broadway, everything you hear about Cynthia Erivo is true!

Don't see it if you prefer your musicals lighthearted. This is a wrenching tale about serious subject matters.

Preview fiddlerlogo
90
Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You want a refreshing take on this classic. Although I'm not really a fan of this musical, I found the staging incredibly powerful & moving.

Don't see it if You dont want to see a more naturalistic and "human" version of FIDDLER. Although there are laughs, this is a more somber version.

Preview streetcar1
95
Profound, Masterful, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you're ready for a stunning new interpretation of one of the greatest plays ever written. Gillian Anderson is astounding. Truly astonishing.

Don't see it if you prefer traditional productions of STREETCAR or can't sit for long shows. Ben Foster is a far from Brando as one can imagine.

Preview rb180x278
94
Fun, Great staging, Inventive, Delightful, Clever

See it if you want to lift your spirits and see why Alex Timbers (director) is a genius. Brilliant directing, fantastic performances, just GO.

Don't see it if you are completely devoid of a sense of humor or live a joyless life.

Preview pericles artwork02
91
Entertaining, Intelligent, Original, Exquisite, Enchanting

See it if you love Shakespeare. This rarely produced play has been re-tooled by master director Trevor Nunn. Fast paced & gorgeous to look at. A gem!

Don't see it if If you don't like the Bard or have problems w/ complicated plot lines because this is an epic tale, told very accessibly but a LOT of plot.

Preview shm 800x1200 showscore logo
63
Great acting, Silly, Madcap, Funny, Entertaining

See it if your Aunt Bertha is in from Kansas and you want to show her a good time. This old chestnut is silly but engaging and the cast is spot on.

Don't see it if you are looking for anything with substance. This is pure fluff. It's entertaining but more of a tourist/suburban tourist show.