Jimmy Pags

Borough of Queens | 25-34 | Male
About:  Trying to watch as much theater as I can while not having any money.
Reviews (66)
89
Resonant, Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Delightful

See it if you want to see a classic show in an intimate space, support smaller theaters and up-and-coming performers

Don't see it if you need a high budget production. This is very stripped down (even for an already modest show).

57
Disappointing, Cliched, Good singing

See it if you have familiarity with the show and the quirks of the characters

Don't see it if you need a traditional theater experience. The crowd is expected to be rowdy and drunk, so the overall atmosphere takes on that dynamic.

Also The actors are definitely having fun up there, and they chew the hell ... Read more Read less

92
During previews
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great staging, Great singing, Great scenic design

See it if you want to hear gorgeous voices and infectious rhythms mere feet in front of you. True ensemble cast who all shine.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with themes of class and race

Also As soon as I walked in, I was overwhelmed by the scenic design in the ... Read more Read less

97
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Must see, Riveting

See it if you want to see clever staging and use of light and sound. And, of course, the completely engrossing performance from Denise Gough.

Don't see it if you are adverse to flashing lights and intense sounds, or if you are sensitive to topics of addiction and drug use.

Also Script is tight and flows well. Top 3 plays I've seen in New York in t... Read more Read less

85
Unpacking
Soho/Tribeca
Clever, Funny, Resonant

See it if you support actors of color in leading roles; you enjoy relatable plays about relationships and letting go of exes; you like inventive shows

Don't see it if you do not like interactive theater or small, intimate shows.

Also Overall, I enjoyed the play and how it addressed a real issue of past ... Read more Read less

79
Assassins
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great singing, Quirky

See it if you want to see beautiful voices and watch another great Sondheim and Weidman collaboration. Clifton Duncan as the Balladeer was exquisite.

Don't see it if you need a full production. The Encore series is great because it brings back older shows, but one drawback is they are limited by time.

64
War Paint
Midtown W
Great singing, Great ensemble, Great set

See it if you want to see two legends who do not disappoint. Ensemble is fun as well.

Don't see it if you need a show with more of a bite. While Ms. LuPone and Ms. Ebersole deliver powerful performances, the show itself lacks some heft.

Also Hearing both Ms. Ebersole and Ms. LuPone live is something everyone sh... Read more Read less

63
Ambitious, Slow, Great acting, Confusing

See it if you haven't seen a production of this play. Acting is great all around.

Don't see it if you don't like slightly experimental stagings. Extremely stripped down set.

Also It starts off a bit slow, so getting into the story from the beginning... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Pacific Overtures
East Village
Great singing, Great staging, Delightful, Great acting

See it if you want to support a talented Asian American company. Wonderful acting and beautiful voices combined with John Doyle's unique vision.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy historical plays. There's a lot of information at the top that can get confusing at first, but it settles in nicely.

Also It's such a joy to see Ann Harada. She is wonderful throughout, and es... Read more Read less

85
Sweat
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you enjoy socially conscious and relevant plays. This focuses on factory workers in 2000 and how the financial crisis impacted their lives.

Don't see it if you don't want to face the difficult questions about race and class in America then and now.

97
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Must see

See it if No "if". See this. Absolutely remarkable. This was my first August Wilson play and I am changed. The acting and writing are incredible.

Don't see it if For the first time, I'm stumped with this section. Please watch any production of this you come across.

73
Great singing, Dated, Great staging, Intense, Cliched

See it if you want to support Asian Americans in theater. Eva sounds lovely & Jon Jon is charismatic as hell. The evacuation sequence is pretty great.

Don't see it if you need something less problematic. I support Asian Americans in theater, but we have to have better roles than these.

79
Funny, Great writing, Edgy

See it if you want to see a powerful performance from Selenis Leyva. Overall, the writing of these characters is strong and the direction is smart.

Don't see it if Some of the other performances are weaker, which makes the play feel uneven.

83
During previews
In Transit
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you enjoy a cappella music and the common themes that come with it: fun, energetic, sometimes goofy but always with tons of heart.

Don't see it if you want a deeper story. They touch on some important themes, but don't get to delve deeper due to time.

Also There are tons of NY transit based humor, so tourists may not get all ... Read more Read less

91
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Entertaining, Personal

See it if you like personal stories, rock musicals, clever staging, beautiful voices that blend well together

Don't see it if you need something flashy and grand

50
Disappointing, Original, Needs work

See it if you support Asian and Asian American theater. The 3 leads have beautiful voices. Karaoke scene was great. Act 2 felt stronger.

Don't see it if you need a finished product. This needs a lot of work, artistic (poor staging and dialogue) and technical (mics went out).

85
Aladdin (Broadway)
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Enchanting, Great singing

See it if you need to see James. Extraordinary voices from the leads. Honors the film while also finding its own voice and humor. That magic carpet!

Don't see it if you need something particularly moving. It hits all the right beats and you'll leave with a smile on your face, but it's purely escapist.

81
Dry Powder
East Village
Absorbing, Original, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if you like passionate characters who will defend their values in a high stakes work environment. Also, a minimalist set in an intimate space.

Don't see it if you don't like fast, technical dialogue. Though I will say even though I don't know financial jargon, I didn't feel I missed any plot points

84
Charming, Delightful, Funny, Cute, Great sets

See it if you like romance and want strong comedic skills from every principal actor. It's very sweet and endearing, and the music is lively.

Don't see it if you don't like cutesy things or if you are in the mood for something more serious.

80
Delightful, Great acting, Funny, Energizing, Entertaining

See it if you want a high-energy show with talented children and adults alike. If you liked the film, you'll enjoy this production.

Don't see it if you want a strong book throughout. The strong performances make up for a mediocre book.

90
During previews
Shuffle Along
Midtown W
Funny, Masterful, Original, Exquisite, Great dancing

See it if you want to see a literal masterclass of song and dance from Broadway legends. The tap dancing is marvelous and the voices are top-notch.

Don't see it if you don't like jazz or uncomfortable truths about discrimination on Broadway and in the world.

77
Washer/Dryer
Midtown W
Funny, Quirky, Feel-good, Entertaining

See it if you want a lighthearted, fun night at the theater featuring a diverse cast

Don't see it if you won't open up to it's style. The pacing can be a bit jarring in the beginning but if you go along with it, the play is enjoyable.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Must see, Resonant

See it if you want strong, honest performances, smart staging, beautiful choreography, powerful moments

Don't see it if you don't like themes of sex, depression, abuse or suicide

84
Avenue Q (NYC)
Midtown W
Funny, Original, Refreshing, Raunchy, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy unique, inventive theater executed at its highest level

Don't see it if you don't like crude and offensive humor. Or puppets.

62
Sylvia
Midtown W
Funny, Disappointing, Sophomoric, Insipid

See it if you want to see Annaleigh Ashford command the stage and have fun

Don't see it if you don't like actors chewing the scene; you are uncomfortable with insinuated romance between a human and a dog

78
Kings
East Village
Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy political dramas with strong female characters. Also, see it if you love Chili's.

Don't see it if you aren't able to endure more political banter and arguing than already exists in the world.

Also Surprising even to myself, the political chaos in the real world has l... Read more Read less

83
Tiny Beautiful Things
East Village
Great writing, Profound, Resonant, Empathetic

See it if you want a touching 90 minutes of human connection and empathy. Beautiful performances from all four actors

Don't see it if you need a traditional, narrative story arc

92
During previews
Entertaining, Hilarious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you want to see a highly skilled solo performer be completely engaging and heartfelt. John is still incredible.

Don't see it if you don't like performer/audience interactions

90
During previews
M. Butterfly
Midtown W
Clever, Enchanting, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant

See it if you support Asian American writers and actors; you want powerful insight to sociopolitical issues involving eastern and western culture

Don't see it if you prefer your theater to be fun and/or escapist.

Also David Henry Hwang is a treasure and all his work should be supported. ... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Must see, Riveting

See it if you want to see moving performances and hear accessible music. A show with a message, heart and a soaring score.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with seeing characters deal with intense anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, etc.

Also Rachel Bay Jones and Ben Platt are absolutely incredible in their role... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Kim's Convenience
Midtown W
Funny, Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Refreshing

See it if you want to see how multi-generations of one immigrant family in Canada interact with the current world with thoughts of their legacy

Don't see it if No reason not to see this. Support this production that features actors of color and an important immigrant narrative.

Also It's only in town for 2 weeks, fantastic actors, nationally renowned p... Read more Read less

80
1984 (Broadway)
Midtown W
Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if you enjoy intense thrillers with great use of sound and special effects.

Don't see it if you don't like loud noises or violence. There is an abundance of both.

Also Probably the most physically uncomfortable I've ever been on Broadway,... Read more Read less

78
Funny, Great writing, Relevant, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy shows about family and community told through Latin, hip hop and R&B music.

Don't see it if you are expecting a high-budget production.

Also This is my favorite musical, so I will see any production of it I can.... Read more Read less

89
Clever, Great staging, Must see, Dizzying, Original

See it if you want to see something inventive, new, pulsing, enveloping, engrossing, and 20 other adjectives I can't even fit here.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy over stimulation. There is a lot going on all around you at the same time that it can get overwhelming at times.

Also Being so stimulated, there was dialogue and plot points I missed. But ... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Great acting, Funny, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see solid, strong performances from all four actors. Funny where it needed to be, and thought-provoking throughout.

Don't see it if you need excess. This is four actors at the top of their game and a stage. No intermission and tight writing means everything is economical.

Also I received a free ticket so decided to give it a chance, especially to... Read more Read less

79
Amelie
Midtown W
Enchanting, Delightful, Great singing, Quirky

See it if you want a cute, lighthearted evening. Phillipa is lovely and able to show off her sillier acting ability.

Don't see it if you need something more dense or challenging.

Also They are really pushing the theme of the show as an "escape from the c... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you enjoy fun, immersive theater. Strong voices, great performances, wonderful use of space and small orchestra.

Don't see it if don't like physically interacting with your theater. Especially one that involves darker themes like this one.

Also Pie and mash were fantastic. Spend the extra $20 and get this.

78
Delightful, Great singing, Energetic

See it if you like latin and salsa music. The entire company have beautiful, strong voices, it is worth it to see them alone. Great energy throughout.

Don't see it if you need a strong story. Like many jukebox musicals, it's difficult to produce a compelling story line. This one is serviceable.

Also The projections were a nice touch, and I thought could have been utili... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Funny, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Informative

See it if you appreciate honest, personal stories and finding humor in dark situations.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with talk of suicide, depression, addiction or don't like one-man shows

93
The Humans
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Funny

See it if you enjoy realistic family dramas with great humor and some spooky moments added in

Don't see it if you get uncomfortable with bickering families and/or tense situations

87
Daphne's Dive
Midtown W
Great acting, Intense, Original, Resonant, Profound

See it if you want a play that tackles real-world issues and explores communities of color. See it for a strong performance from Samira Wiley.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with themes of abuse, violence, sexuality and alcoholism.

83
The Crucible
Midtown W
Great acting, Great staging, Relevant, Intense

See it if you want to see strong performances from incredible actors, haunting sound design, and interesting use of projection

Don't see it if you have little patience. Each scene is roughly 45 minutes, that starts slow and ramps up to a climax. If you can hang on, it's a good ride.

82
Great acting, Great singing, Great sets, Enchanting

See it if you want to see strong performances from all the female leads. The score is lovely. This is spectacle in its highest form.

Don't see it if you prefer simple productions. Everything here is lavish.

72
Dated, Great songs, Classic, Insipid

See it if you never have. It's an important piece of musical theater history with some fantastic songs, but it feels dated.

Don't see it if you don't like operatic singing. But really, everyone should see this at least once.

94
Great staging, Masterful, Original, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a truly impressive, emotional story told with the technical precision this story thrives in. The ensemble is remarkable.

Don't see it if you can't deal with an overload of all your senses. They will be used to their extremes often. If you can stand it, it's absolutely worth it

87
Must see, Riveting, Intense, Great acting, Original

See it if you want to see a classic, heartbreaking musical with strong voices and rich characters

Don't see it if you don't like sung-through musicals or depressing subject matter

74
During previews
Smart People
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want strong writing, a relevant story, and an entry to begin a dialogue on race relations

Don't see it if you want something lighthearted or you don't want to be challenged

40
During previews
I And You
Midtown E
Frenetic, Ambitious, Inconsistent

See it if you want to see decent performances with a few cute moments sprinkled throughout

Don't see it if you need a consistent script, don't like drastic emotional shifts or dialogue that feels like an adult attempting to sound like a teenager

72
Daddy Long Legs
Midtown W
Sweet, Great staging, Cute, Inconsistent, Dated

See it if you like intimate theater experiences with sweet voices and great use of stage

Don't see it if you prefer a contemporary premise or something non-traditional

80
For a previous production
Eclipsed
Midtown W
Great acting, Intense, Resonant, Riveting

See it if you want to see a powerful, intimate, and horrific story performed by world-class actresses

Don't see it if you get uncomfortable with themes of war and sexual abuse