MandyEliakim

Brooklyn | 35-49 | Other
About:  A non-practicing, theatre-graduate, who lives vicariously by attending a lot of shows, even at the expense of income...
Reviews (236)
97
Great staging, Entertaining, Masterful, Must see, Great singing

See it if You like “The Temptations”, duh 🙄 (all 24 of them, lol 😆), but, mainly “The Classic 5”. Wow! Such powerful and all-star performances, all

Don't see it if Around. I’m 35, so the group’s heyday was a little before my time, but, this jukebox musical was not only informative, but, brought the heat

Also I’ve seen jukebox musicals before: “Motown”, “Beautiful”, “Summer”, am... Read more Read less

95
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Epic, Great acting, Must see, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You know what? It is over 6 hours long and part 1 does have more humor than part 2, although it makes sense to see it as a unit, but, the

Don't see it if Acting is superb! The stage is minimal, although I like the trickery of which the created scenes and ambiance with what little they had. If

Also You’re LGBTQ+ of any age, gender, race, or background or even an ally,... Read more Read less

95
Edgy, Hilarious, Funny, Entertaining, Must see

See it if It’s slapstick. It’s funny! It’s Police 👮🏽 Cops 🚓! This is my 3rd installment that I’m seeing and I laugh every time. It’s light comedy

Don't see it if And entertainment for the evening. It’s worth the price of a small admission. It definitely has a niche audience. It’s improv, with some

Also Semblance of a storyline. There is some rear nudity, childish antics, ... Read more Read less

100
Intense, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Relevant

See it if This 95-minute Play is so touching and funny, at the the same time. Totally in my wheelhouse in terms of the type of show I like. I totally

Don't see it if Recommend. No reason not to see and tickets 🎫 are inexpensive. It’s in a black box theatre 🎭 and this works, because we’re (the audience)

Also Getting an initiate portrayal of the characters intimate turmoil. With... Read more Read less

100
Epic, Hilarious, Must see, Riveting, Absorbing

See it if I’m going to make this short- NO ONE REASON NOT TO SEE! It’s so entertaining. I’ve only seen it once, but, it’s great 👍🏽 to know that each

Don't see it if Performance would be different. I didn’t get the “superstars”, but, it didn’t matter- the 5 + 2 musicians we had were EXCELLENT. Improv on

Also Broadway- who would’ve thunk it. Some light cussing and you’d have to ... Read more Read less

75
FEAR
West Village
Great staging, Disappointing, Intense, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You like a talented cast of 3 actors, who’s acting is pretty strong, with a decent script, and great staging. There’s a good mix of “basic-

Don't see it if Ness” with pretentiousness. Strong language, both eloquently, as well as, graphically. Mild violence. If sirens or child abduction triggers

Also You, then this is not for you. I’m not sure 🤔 if this was intentional ... Read more Read less

100
The New Englanders
Midtown W
Great staging, Great acting, Resonant, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if First of, I’d totally see this again- bummed it closing tomorrow— it’s totally my type of show: there’s humor, drama, and suspense. LGBT,

Don't see it if Interracial, inter-generational, timely... what else could I ask for? The acting was spot on, by all. The teenage, “mulatto”/black girl,with

Also Interracial dads was alive and real! All 6 actors were well cast. Ther... Read more Read less

80
Slow, Relevant, Ambitious, Great acting, Funny

See it if Honestly, I’m glad I didn’t go (or not go) based on the “Show-Score” average; it was actually quite good. The acting, especially the “Raheem

Don't see it if Reynolds” character, was quite good. The main acting issue was the lowness of the British actress’s tone, especially with the AC on, but,

Also Overall, this small black box theatre 🎭 play hit the points of racism,... Read more Read less

93
During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Masterful, Intense, Great acting

See it if You like Keith Hamilton Cobb. I was an “All My Children” fan and knew him from there, albeit a brief stint. I didn’t follow him much after,

Don't see it if However, I didn’t realize how dynamic of an actor Keith is. He speaks to the plight of “rejected” actors, specifically large, black, male

Also Actors, who find trouble in breaking away from the stereotypes and not... Read more Read less

70
Ambitious, Sparse, but, decent staging, Great acting, Intelligent, Slow

See it if You like a 65-70 minute long, 2-character, black box theatre, lesbian love story. Can co-workers ever fall in love? The acting was spot-on,

Don't see it if But, the script was lacking. I think they could’ve done more on the interracial dynamics of the relationship, I mean, it was highlighted in

Also The summary. I think the boxing 🥊/ gym aspects was cleverly showcased ... Read more Read less

96
The Rolling Stone
Upper W Side
Relevant, Profound, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You’re interested in the plight of the LGBT+ community, outside the U.S. Fictional characters/story, inspired by actual events. There was

Don't see it if Humor, but, I also fought not to cry. The acting was EXCELLENT, especially the younger brother and sister, but, all 6 in the ensemble were

Also Fabulous. I’ve heard complaints of lack of set and it’s too preachy; i... Read more Read less

88
Talent is Sexy
Midtown W
Relevant, Great writing, Funny, Clever, Cliched

See it if Sometimes you have to enjoy a cliché, or a cliched character. It was an enjoyable 90-minute, 5-character, black box theatre play, which,

Don't see it if Essentially was talking about itself- small time actors in a big city, fighting for whatever roles they can get. It’s lgbt. Some singing.

Also Talented cast. It had a great frame narrative. Kudos.

91
Toni Stone
Midtown W
Great acting, Refreshing, Must see, Intense, Relevant

See it if You’d like to know about historical figures who don’t get talked about. It could’ve went without an intermission, but, it was a well-acted

Don't see it if Well-produced piece of theatre. There’s strong language, including the “N-word”, of course, some sexual gestures, and possible anti-LGBT

Also Sentiments, however, we have to be mindful that this is a period piece... Read more Read less

69
The White Dress
Soho/Tribeca
Weak script, Great acting, Disappointing, Confusing, Hot 🥵 as hell in there

See it if Oh my God. Ok, so I’m gonna be nice, considering that I was apart of the first audience. I researched the show, a little, as I am a queer

Don't see it if Black gender-nonconformist myself, and I really wanted to like the show, BUT: TURN ON THE DAMN AC and just have the actors speak louder (the

Also Bar scenes drowned them out anyway!) I’m naturally a HOT 🥵 person, but... Read more Read less

82
Fluffy, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Disney magical

See it if “Let it Go”, the performance by Cassie, who can SANG (I loved her from “Ghost: the musical”) and the “‘magic of Disney” involved in the song

Don't see it if Are enough to see the show. I wasn’t a fan of most of the other songs, stylistically, but, Sven was an awesome sight to see. The staging was

Also Magical. I saw it with my brother, who has cerebral palsy, during a se... Read more Read less

90
Aunt Jack
East Village
Quirky, Relevant, Profound, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if You like community theater, which is actually pretty good. I wasn’t sure what to expect. There was barely any references to “Jack” being an

Don't see it if “Aunt”, but, it wasn’t really necessary. The cast of 6 was good, specifically “Jack”. I loved the “Will & Grace” reference. It was great

Also Social commentary of the definitions of “Gay”, gender, and sexuality, ... Read more Read less

89
Great singing, Funny, Operatic, Colorful, Friendly cast

See it if Kelli O’Hara can sing 🎤 her tail off! Corbin Bleu is a looker and great tap dancer 🕺🏼. The cast is greatly talented. A musical within a

Don't see it if Musical, “Kiss Me Kate” delivers. I just had some elocution issues. I attended a Relaxed Performance and was SO pleased that my bro, who has

Also Cerebral palsy was able to attend. Thank you “Roundabout” and “TDF” fo... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Entertaining, Cliched, Hilarious, Quirky, Raunchy

See it if So first off, it’s 2 hours, including intermission (I had to rush to work afterwards). Overall, there were the cliche’s: the twink, the bear

Don't see it if The insecure bear, the queen, fems, abs the BBC, which out of all the eggplants makes everything worth while (I can say that, as I’m also

Also Black)... it’s a good thing “Camp” is in the title, as it’s certainly ... Read more Read less

72
Life Sucks.
Midtown W
Intelligent, Slow, Entertaining, Ambitious, Clever

See it if You like polysyllabic words or Chekhov, I’m not familiar with the latter, so some things went over-my-head. Funny, mostly. See at least once

Don't see it if You’re not familiar with Chekhov. Don’t like cussing or breaking the fourth wall. Cynicism. I just expected more “suckiness”. Lollipops yay!

75
Entertaining, Cliched, Farce, Obsurdist, Campy

See it if You’re gay or gay-friendly. Will enjoy a pre-show karaoke 🎤 by an older gay man 👨, which helped if you were late, as the show started 15-

Don't see it if Min after the listed time. Small black box theatre 🎭. Ok 👌🏽 acting. Funny, yet, cliched. Comp tix or discount code should be used, but,

Also It’s given the disclaimer of farce, so it was expected. The air-condit... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Butterflies
Midtown W
Great acting, Dizzying, Disappointing, Hot 🥵, Ambitious

See it if You like a 90-min, 2 actor play. Great acting, great use of a small black box theatre. Props helped the action. Premise was explained at the

Don't see it if End. Some violence. I HATED the use of the “R” word! (I have a special needs sibling). It’s definitely community theatre at its best.

93
During previews
Little Women
West Village
Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if Ok, so I never read the book, but, always heard about it, especially from a "Friends" episode + I've seen Kristolyn in 3 other productions

Don't see it if In the past several months and think she's awesome, so I decided to see this. I was actually quite pleased, amused, and interested. It kept

Also My attention. I don't have a reference point and now I'd like to check... Read more Read less

76
The Bigot
Midtown W
Relevant, Intelligent, Dated, Entertaining

See it if You want to see an "Archie Bunker-like" personality on stage. It felt like an old sitcom. I liked the staging for the space it was offered.

Don't see it if The "lesbians" were likeable. The illness subplot was good in weaving things together. It was an okay show- try to get como tickets!

79
Great staging, Entertaining, Dated, Enchanting

See it if You like classical plays- I don't much, but, I went to an autism/sensory-friendly performance with my brother, so any outing with him is a

Don't see it if Good time. The show is dated for my taste, but, the cast was talented and set was AMAZING. The classical-operatic English-style singing- not

Also For me, but, I'd implore anyone to see this at least once!

98
During previews
BLKS
Midtown W
Raunchy, Great staging, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if This show is definitely not for the faint at heart: if you are opposed to Black Issues, Women Issues, Sexual Talk, Casual Relationships, the

Don't see it if N-word, parties/clubs, or LGBTQ--- this show is not for you. I'm Black, but, I cringe at the N-word + there's some shouting, where words are

Also Inaudible- hence my score of 98, but, otherwise, I liked the vulgarity... Read more Read less

97
During previews
17 Minutes
Midtown W
Profound, Relevant, Must see, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You're not afraid of having the conversation about school shootings and guns in America. You like an intimate theatre (audience faces each

Don't see it if other), with awesome actors. Don't see it if the topic triggers you, if seeing a gun frightens you, or if you're opposed to harsh language.

Also I actually could've stood to HEAR gunshots, in the preamble (beginning... Read more Read less

90
Thought-provoking, Confusing, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You like a talent cast of 11 (including children), who play multiple characters. It’s very emotive, well-acted, well-staged. If you watch

Don't see it if AND love ❤️ “This Is Us”, on NBC, then you’ll love this play. I love that the cast was diverse, in age, gender, ethnicity, size, etc. I love

Also That “Chris” was the common theme throughout, however, it was confusin... Read more Read less

97
During previews
One in Two
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if It’s an ABSURDIST play, but, there’s NOTHING absurdist about it. It’s semi-autobiographical. It’s cathartic & therapeutic for the audience

Don't see it if & author, even if you’re NOT a Queer Man Of Color. There’s brief nudity, simulated sex & violence, and harsh language, but, it’s all within

Also The flow of this 90-minute play. The audience “picks”, in the beginnin... Read more Read less

93
Relevant, Great acting, Racy, Provocative, Satire

See it if It’s so many adjectives, but, necessary. It starts off SO funny 😆 and sexual, than act 2, takes a turn, but, makes sense with Act 1, then

Don't see it if Act 3 summarizes a couple of the characters lives. I can see where people were confused 🤷🏽‍♂️ and it is a smidge over 2 hours, without an

Also Intermission, which seems deliberate: 1) people may walk out, because ... Read more Read less

87
Entertaining, Ambitious, Funny, Confusing, because of extended spanish sequence, Graphic

See it if You know I had this on my list of plays to see. If you’re a feminist, educated in political/ worldly culture, pro-women, pro-LGBT, non-pious

Don't see it if Not offended by seances, blood, sacrifices, sexual topics, drugs, and know some Spanish- you’ll like this. It was VERY entertaining. All the

Also Gore, sex, political, and racial talk was entertaining and relevant to... Read more Read less

80
Only Human
Midtown W
Quirky, Must see, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if So bummed that I found out that this is closing WAY early- in a few days- after just 20 days. It was SO entertaining. “Mary Magdalene” is an

Don't see it if An amazing singer and actress. “Lucifer” was well-casted and sung well. “Jesus” had an innocence about him, even though I could see where

Also People may think it was blasphemous. The two ensemble actors were grea... Read more Read less

84
When It Happens to You
East Village
Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You want to hear a true-to-life account of a horrific incident. 90-minutes long. 4 “actors” on stage, even though the writer/mother is not

Don't see it if An actress. Great acting on the other 3’s part. It’s a dramatic memory piece, with light humor and slight cussing 🤬. It’s therapeutic.

68
Insipid, Silly, Funny, As expected, Had promise

See it if If you like black box theatre. The “Show-Score” reviews were less-than-stellar, so I didn’t expect much out of it. It’s 30-minutes long; it

Don't see it if Gave me enough time to see a show and still make it to work on time— I liked that. It really wasn’t THAT bad, really. It had several funny

Also Moments. I understand one of the actresses- the temp- was making her a... Read more Read less

75
Quirky, Funny, Dizzying, Cliched, Confusing

See it if You like festival plays. This was Community Theatre 🎭 @ it’s best. The entire venue is. It was a far-fetched concept where 5 characters,

Don't see it if Some in the entertainment industry, some not, all with different accents, are on a farm, in Missouri. It was bizarre, but,,.. it worked.

Also The actor who played “Joe”, visually, is worth the price of admission.... Read more Read less

97
Make Believe
Midtown W
Great acting, Must see, Profound, Resonant, Clever

See it if You like talented younger & older actors, non-musical, decent set design, at an easy-to-get-to theatre. The “Show-Score” average score does

Don't see it if This play NO justice. It was fantastic. I laughed and I cried, even though I was exhausted from a long day. It was well-acted. I will say

Also The kids have was more entertaining than the adults, however, I love t... Read more Read less

70
The Exes
Midtown W
Disappointing, Great staging, Fluffy, Soap opera-like, Melodramatic

See it if You like camp. It was “As the Stomach Turns”, as referenced in the play. Overall, it was enjoyable, for a comped ticket. The cast seemed out

Don't see it if Of synch. The Danish character seemed French, the “Master”, the son, was good, but, his vernacular matched no one else’s, which I guess made

Also Sense. His mother couldn’t decide what accent she was trying to convey... Read more Read less

95
Immersive, Improv, Relevant, Quirky, Must see

See it if You’d like to kick back, have fun, and laugh for 2 hours (including intermission). It was interactive and immersive- so people were pulled

Don't see it if On stage- thankfully, I avoided that, but, the brave souls that did partake, were great. Some singing. Some rapping. Some science. There was

Also A semblance of a cohesive story. One sad moment. Overall, it was incre... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense

See it if Well, it’s billed as being relevant to the #MeToo movement, but, also #BlackLivesMatter, as well. I had the book as a child, but, couldn’t

Don't see it if Recall the story. It was SO intense. The staging helped move the action. There is “N”-word usage and simulated sex and violence, for those

Also Who are sensitive to that. Some singing. It was a quick-paced 90-minut... Read more Read less

97
Smiley
Gramercy
Quirky, Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like to see the beginnings of a relationship. It’s LGBT 🏳️‍🌈, it quirky, some sex talk, simulated sex (in the dark), actors take on

Don't see it if Additional characters-briefly. It’s in Spanish, though there are English subtitles overhead (I don’t speak Spanish, but understood what was

Also Going on. My only gripe was sometimes the subtitles went back-and-Fort... Read more Read less

86
The Ritual
Midtown W
Profound, Great acting, Relevant, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You are not opposed to Caribbean (Trinidadian) accents, with 5 talented actresses playing multiple roles, with subject matters such as:

Don't see it if Enslavement, underaged sex, and abuse. It’s a play-within-a play. Nice theatre space. Well crafted. It’s a shame that the audience was empty

71
Overrated, Great staging, Confusing, Disappointing, Dizzying

See it if You like a “viral sensation”. I saw it off/Broadway and didn’t get the hype. It was just loud! The kids seemed to love it. I’d say see it

Don't see it if Once, but, that’s enough... totally overrated!

80
Square Go
Midtown E
Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Confusing, Immersive

See it if You like wrestling 🤼‍♀️ or “The Game of Thrones”. It’s immersive, so be prepared to be picked on. Small theatre 🎭. 2 actors. 1 hour of fun

Don't see it if The only real issue, for me, was the Scottish/British/Welch/Irish accent (I’m not sure 🤔 which it was), but, I had to squint my eyes & ears

99
During previews
A Strange Loop
Midtown W
Relevant, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if You’re into the black queer narrative. Some harsh language, the N-word, and sexual talk, but, it was all relevant, as it was all woven to-

Don't see it if Gether. One of the best musicals, I’ve seen. It’s such a pivotal piece about the black gay plight. No reason not to see, unless you’re

Also Against the narrative. Tyler Perry/ it is not! It’s an incredible piec... Read more Read less

85
In the Closet
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent, Relevant, Refreshing

See it if You’re lgbtq+ of any age. Understand the gay male’s plight. It actually surprised me. I wasn’t sure of the direction, but, it steered right

Don't see it if Anti- lbgt or sex talk... and against a show which could’ve done without an intermission. Non-musical, with some music...

100
Original Sound
West Village
Profound, Refreshing, Relevant, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Must see! Great staging. Omg! Even though I hate theatre-in-the-round, this was beautifully done! I really felt like I was in a recording

Don't see it if Studio. The singing/ songwriting was amaze balls. I loved that there was a non-binary actor of the original “Angel” from “Rent”. Superb job

Also On a cohesive story about originality and ownership. The lead and the ... Read more Read less

89
Relevant, Intense, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like to see a small, talented cast, off-off-Broadway. All 4 actors were phenomenal in this 100-minute play. Totally for millennials,

Don't see it if Although an older crowd can enjoy it. Lots of drinking, cussing, and drugs. My only gripe is, it could've been possibly 10-minutes shorter.

Also The same point kind of got beaten into our heads, but, great writing, ... Read more Read less

88
Relevant, Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if You like a good historical lesson, that's not TOO preachy, with great singing, acting, and staging, with adorable kids. I liked that it was

Don't see it if In a "Boys & Girls Club" too, giving Broadway 🎭 caliber performance to a community space. My only critique is some diction issues.

81
Slow, yet, quick, Cliched, Must see, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Don't miss the beginning! There are some Thai cliches, but, they acknowledge that; the Thai audience members seemed to agree. Slight accents

Don't see it if Small talented cast of minorities, meshing their experiences together. Needs very little work, but, overall ok. Good special effects. Go See

75
Relevant, Great writing, Ambitious, Funny

See it if Laurie Metcalfe is a fantastic performer. John Lithgow was good, although I was hoping for the "Bill Clinton" voice. The actor who played

Don't see it if Former President Barack Obama, really favored him. Nice premise (10 years ago), but, I expected more. I'm glad it was under 90-minutes.

Also There were good moments, but, it still wasn't what I expected- I expec... Read more Read less

86
Romantic, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if I wasn't sure to expect, but, it's a great story of love/ hope gained and lost. The Irish accents were good, although one actor seemed to go

Don't see it if In-and-out. A "plot twist" for lack-of-better-term was unclear at first, but, then became apparent. There's really no reason not to see it,

Also Unless you hate the notion of Irish 🍀 and drinking 🍹!