REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Sakina’s Restaurant” Opened with a ShowScore of 78

Show-Score | Oct 15, 2018
“Sakina’s Restaurant,” written by Aasif Mandvi and directed by Kimberly Senior, opened on October 14, 2018 in New York City. “Sakina’s Restaurant,” written by Aasif Mandvi and directed by Kimberly Senior, opened on October 14, 2018 in New York City.


7 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 74.

Elisabeth Vincentelli 
The New York Times 
ShowScore: 85 
"At its funniest, which is often also its most uncomfortable, it has gained a new resonance...Mandvi does not need much to segue from one character to another. Sometimes it’s a small accessory, but mostly he simply modifies his posture, slightly tweaks the way he speaks...'Sakina’s Restaurant' has acquired a new, somber underlining, making us miss a time when ignorance was paired with benign disinterest rather than hate."

Michael Dale

ShowScore: 80
"Mandvi plays all of his characters with respect, affection and warm humor. While those of Indian descent will certainly catch on to more of his details, there's a universal familiarity to be appreciated in 'Sakina's Restaurant,' particularly for New Yorkers sharing the most culturally diverse spot on the planet."
Frank Scheck 
The Hollywood Reporter
ShowScore: 85
"It now feels both timely and dated...The characters deliver not so much monologues but rather dialogues in which we're privy only to their end of the conversation...The play features several amusing episodes...But the evening generally trades in more serious matters as it deals with issues of cultural dislocation and assimilation...The actor shifts effortlessly among the various characters...Senior stages the evening in impeccable fashion."

“Sakina’s Restaurant” was also reviewed by Raven Snook of Time Out New York, Melissa Rose Bernardo of New York Stage Review, Thom Geier of The Wrap, and Matt Windman of AM New York.


The show was also reviewed by 27 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 79.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Great writing, Relevant

JoeyFranko, ShowScore: 79
See it if…"You like intricate storytelling that is laid out one piece at a time till the whole picture comes into view. He handles each roll very well.
Don't see it if… "You don’t like one person shows or have a short attention span. This show is not long, 80 minutes, but if you lose the thread you’re lost."
jerry 3, ShowScore: 90
See it if…"You want to see one of the best solo shows on stage today. It's hard to believe that this show was first done 20 years ago. Mandvi is great.
Don't see it if…"You do not like solo shows."
Ashowgoer, ShowScore: 74 
See it if…"You’re interested in the Indian American experience in the late 1990s." 
Don't see it if…"You’re expecting more than a paint-by-numbers one-man show. It’s cute, but very average and predictable/unsurprising."

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Note: The ShowScore displayed above is current as of right now, and may be different from the ShowScore when the article was published.