- HOUSTON PRESS - The 2015 Houston Theater Awards: The Winners Under the Lights
Best Musical: FIRST DATE
"Show-stopping scenes abounded as we watched a modern musical about dating that actually respected our intelligence while never forgetting that its first job was to entertain and make us laugh. For us, First Date was the fabled frog we kissed and that, behold, we got a prince out of. Warts and all."
- HOUSTON PRESS - First Date has Biting Humor, Tenderness, Quirk and a Strong Cast
"As Casey, Jessica [Janes] strikes the right balance between tough and vulnerable, and while her narrative arc may be B level, she never lets that stop her from injecting as much realism and nuance into her character as possible. We care what happens to her and why it’s happening, and with her clear, beautiful voice, we’re often happy to just sit back and listen."
- BROADWAY WORLD - A.J. Shively & Jessica Janes to Lead FIRST DATE at TUTS Underground; Full Cast Announced!
- BROADWAY WORLD - The Catastrophic Theatre's CLEAN/THROUGH is Hauntingly Poignant
"Both John DeLoach and Jessica Janes play their characters' desolation and despair with heartbreaking integrity. This is especially true of the play's most intensely heartrending scene in which Jessica Janes' Rachel speaks into a tape recorder."
- HOUSTON CHRONICLE - Catastrophic Theatre stages a stark and powerful 'clean/through'
"Jessica Janes invests Rachel with a terrified determination, offset by bewilderment and vulnerability. Just as Johnson's terse script and Nodler's lean direction have a documentary feel, the intense, natural performances, especially of the two leads, seem a matter not of acting but simply being."
- BROADWAY WORLD - Tamarie Cooper's OLD AS HELL! is Jocular, Vivacious, and Heartfelt
"As the Hipster Queen and Young Tamarie, Jessica Janes is phenomenal. She brilliantly plays all of her roles; yet, these two are the most memorable, enjoyable, and poignant. Her bored and disinterested Hipster Queen was remarkable, but her bright-eyed and dream-filled Young Tamarie was a divine reminder of my 22 year-old self, who was also self-assured and just knew that I'd be enjoying my professional life in New York City."
- HOUSTON PRESS - 100 Creatives 2012 Jessica Janes, Actress and Musician (Interview)
- HOUSTON CHRONICLE - Catastrophic Theatre keeps it wonderful and weird with 'Anna Bella Eema"
"Jessica Janes invests the spit-and-mud girl with demonic force and unpredictability. Watch her evolve an innocent smile into a horrifying, wild-eyed leer. Janes also impresses taking on other roles, such as the nasty cop."
- HOUSTON PUBLIC MEDIA - The Catastrophic Theatre - "Anna Bella Eema" By Lisa D'Amour (Radio Interview)
'Actresses Elissa Levitt, Ivy Castle and Jessica Janes from The Catastrophic Theatre talk about and perform songs from the company’s staging of Lisa D’Amour’s Anna Bella Eema, described as “a ghost story for three bodies with three voices."'
- HOUSTON PRESS - Anna Bella Eema from Catastrophic Theatre: A Startling Piece of Theater
"And Janes [...] is quite magical in her own way as Mud Girl, whose laughter both comforts and seduces."