New York | 1h 30m | Already closed


From 4 critic and 30 member reviews
Members say: Thought-provoking, Clever, Relevant, Great acting, Intelligent

About the show

Sanguine Theatre Company presents a new sci-fi drama about a missing woman and the android built in her image that's supposed to find her. More…

In 2013 Jessica vanished. Now her closest friends are reconstructing her with cutting-edge technology to try and track her down. They prime the android with memories from Jessica's past, but it's clear that their stories don't add up. As her friends fight for ownership over an artificial Jessica, the android listens, learns, and plays along. Suddenly the line between robot and real life is very, very thin.

1h 30m | Already closed | IRT Theater (West Village)

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"Vermillion's winning work joins a rich tradition of speculative fiction in exploring what artificial minds can tell us about our own...'Jessica' leans more heavily into the philosophical questions raised by its premise, though not at the expense of being any less entertaining or human...'Jessica' carves out its niche in inquiries about the consciousness, and any violence is emotional...A memory worth adding to your own neural network." Full Review

Applause! Applause!

“Jessica has disappeared and over the past four years, her devoted, controlling, rich boyfriend Allister has been searching for her. He commissions LYFE Industries to make an Android Jessica, who might help him find her. This play raises many interesting questions about artificial intelligence. It will keep you interested and engaged as it unfolds. The set was impressive and the acting top-notch. Oh, by the way, ‘Do you have any waffles?’ I've been hungry for them ever since I saw this play.” Full Review


“Vermillion writes distinctive characters who each have their own language, but fails to make his story believable or emotionally gripping by turning it into something closer to the surreal, expecting the audience to accept the rationalizations rather than science fiction. There are moments that communicate real emotion, particularly the low-key ending, but due to the nature of the story, Vermillion finds himself spending too much time explicating the pseudoscience behind the title character.” Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"'Jessica' teases some intriguing gender issues that ultimately don’t pay off...Vermillion is more interested in examining the boundaries of love and intimacy. The second act is more urgent than the first, due largely to Trussell‘s performance. Director Jackson keeps the action moving at a brisk pace, even if the dialogue tends to run in circles. Longer and more verbose than it needs to be, 'Jessica' is reasonably engaging but doesn’t add anything especially earth-shattering to the A.I. genre." Full Review

Clever, Edgy, Intelligent, Entertaining, Disappointing

See it if Like mysteries and dramas about the future

Don't see it if Don't like mysteries and abrupt endings

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a riveting, creepy, very entertaining production that’s also affordable.

Don't see it if Artificial intelligence or small productions isn’t your thing.

Also Grab a friend or go alone. This is inexpensive theater at its best. Th... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Resonant, Riveting, Relevant

See it if You enjoy sci-fi plots and plays that focus more on larger themes than the development of individual characters.

Don't see it if You want to see a lot of action and can't suspend your disbelief when it comes to sci-fi plots.

Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in how technology changes us. Also artificial intelligence, robotics, mental illness, and the dilemmas they all cause.

Don't see it if you need a polished production with fancy everything, you don't care about technology, you don't want to have to think.

Also I really liked this show. The ending may seem a bit sudden, but the is... Read more Read less

Clever, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Resonant

See it if you like mind-bending, thoughtful science fiction examining issues of humanity & technology in microcosm. It made good use of a small space.

Don't see it if you're looking for the fun, lighthearted escapism that often comes with science fiction on stage. Also, the quality of acting varies.

Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You're interested in AI and sci-fi. Gripping story which moves pretty quickly.

Don't see it if it's already closed so it's too late anyway.

Also Agree that the ending was a little weird. Still glad I saw the show th... Read more Read less

Clever, Great acting, Ambitious, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if Creative, thought provoking theatre with great acting and an interesting story

Don't see it if you want something light and fluffy.

Also Please note that the theatre was very warm so dress appropriately.

Clever, Edgy, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Refreshing

See it if Relationship with android poses questions about what makes us human. Are there lines our technology should not cross?

Don't see it if You're not willing to immerse yourself into the sci-fi setting. You want a more polished production. It could use some more humor.

Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you're interesting in sci-fi and artificial intelligence and want to see a very solid, smart new play.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in taking a chance on a new indie off-off thing.

Also I went in blind not knowing anyone involved or much about it and reall... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You enjoy plays about thorny questions of sentience, identity, and privacy rights.

Don't see it if You want a play that has a satisfying conclusion, instead of leaving it open-ended.

Interesting, Quirky, Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you want a vision of a not too distant future...

Don't see it if you don't enjoy character-driven dramas.

Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant

See it if You want to see THE TWILIGHT ZONE updated to the 21st Century.

Don't see it if You're looking for a big production or you really on top of the tech world.

Great acting, Cliched, Slow

See it if You want a beautifully-acted, if clunkily written, story about people who don't know how to let go of a lost loved one

Don't see it if You're tired of stories about people working through their grief over a lost loved one; you expect anything new or thoughtful about AI

Ambitious, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Modern

See it if you're into the idea of artificial intelligence as a window to our own mind, dig new work, or enjoy talky plays of emotional unpacking.

Don't see it if you need a big-budget, polished production, or are more interested in dramatic action than discussing ideas or examining emotions.

Clever, well acted, intelligent

See it if you read Philip K Dick or other science fiction, are intrigued by artificial intelligence, liked Marjorie Prime. Intimate show worth seeing

Don't see it if you dont like stories about robots. It strives for complexity but is ultimately simplistic. Location is out of the way in far West Village

Entertaining, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy sci fi related shows

Don't see it if you're not into quirky small productions

Clever, Thought-provoking

See it if You have some interest in Artificial Intelligence or sci fi. Its an interesting plot, if not particularly compelling.

Don't see it if You need top-notch acting and fast moving action. (It feels even longer than it is.)

Thought-provoking, Slow, Relevant, Indulgent, Banal

See it if you want to consider the potential ramifications of artificial general intelligence

Don't see it if you've already extensively explored AI and/or exponential technologies

Also I'm steeped in machine learning, natural language processing, and othe... Read more Read less

Indulgent, Banal

See it if You want to see a few good performers deal with some shaky text, you get excited about sci-fi

Don't see it if You're looking for an exciting, refreshing, or original spin on the questions surrounding A.I.

Great acting, Banal

See it if You wanna see amazing and surprisingly heart breaking acting from an Android.

Don't see it if You like plays with well defined characters. They were thinly drawn and, with a couple stand outs, acted as written.

Banal, Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Slow

See it if Sorry, no surprises here. Like a '50s scifi movie, with some contemporary jargon thrown in. The actors couldn't make it believable.

Don't see it if You are expecting ideas, conflict or meaningful resolution.

During previews
Great acting, Great staging, Relevant

See it if If you want to see a very good new show with the potential to be great.

Don't see it if If you only want to see shows fully ready to reach the next level.

Also Emily Jackson's direction is brilliant. The weak scene transitions tha... Read more Read less

During previews
Clever, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You like thought provoking smaller productions, and are interested in how artificial intelligence could impact our personal lives.

Don't see it if Spoiler alert--If you have trouble watching shows that deal with how depression and probable suicide can affect friends and family.

During previews
Intriguing, Entertaining, Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent

See it if You like science fiction or at least futuristic...but very believable and with a pretty good storyline that's relatable and resonates.

Don't see it if You can't think a little outside the box when it comes to plots. This has a touch of The Twilight Zone to it.

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You like interesting, well-told stories by extremely capable performers. You can put up with a few minor plot holes and confusing moments.

Don't see it if You like only hyper-realistic plays or can't live without a clear, unambiguous ending. You will be upset by discussions of mental illness.

Also Adult language. Some discussion of "sex robots." Probably appropriate ... Read more Read less

Cast & Creatives (10)