MandyEliakim

Brooklyn | 25-34 | Male
About:  A non-practicing, theatre-graduate, who lives vicariously by attending a lot of shows, even at the expense of income...
Reviews (169)
100
Great singing, Masterful, Profound, Must see, Ambitious

See it if So many positive adjectives for this TIMELESS show. The origins of the premise may be dated, but, the issues are still relevant. Classic

Don't see it if Production in all incarnations. You would only hate this musical if you're Anti-LGBT or hate musicals.

94
Relevant, Must see, Great acting, Cliched, Absorbing

See it if You like vignettes on timely and "PC" issues. A large and talented ensemble. Seeing the director/ playwright in one of the pieces. Stand-

Don't see it if Alone pieces, which are part of a larger theme. This was reminiscent of George C. wolfe's "The Colored Museum". There was slight use of the

Also "N" word, some cussing, race and gender talk, and a beautiful male tor... Read more Read less

81
During previews
Slow, Great acting, Funny, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if You like Neil LaBute, who may very well be in the audience! The plays definitely had HIS tone. "The 4th Reich" and "Unlikely Japan" were

Don't see it if SoloS, which I generally shy away from- the latter was more emotional. The middle piece, "Great Negro Works of Art", was the strongest and

Also Was a 2-character play- without this one, the night may have been a du... Read more Read less

87
During previews
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting, Confusing, Absorbing

See it if You like a diverse cast of 6, who all can act. Great staging. Humor mixed in with despair, anger, and anguish. I was excited to see this and

Don't see it if Was thrilled to get discounted seats. I love Kristolyn Lloyd and have seen her at least in 3 pieces prior. However, I was confused as to why

Also The synopsis of the show was barely touched upon. There was some menti... Read more Read less

96
Relevant, Profound, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like Hip-Hop, equality (for all), friendship, intermixing plots, social topics, humor, some crude language, black box theatre, which was

Don't see it if Actually more loft-like. It was a great space, great musicality, awesome actors. I'd see this again. Only the small-minded would dislike.

89
Funny, Fluffy, Riveting, Quirky, Great staging

See it if You like community/regional theatre, however, with on-par acting. It was quite good, some accent enunciation issues here and there, but,

Don't see it if Great use of space. Great acting. Just melodramatic enough. Agatha would've been proud. Never been to this venue before, but, I'd go again.

77
Raunchy, Intense, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if If you like "based on 'true' story" events. It started out rough, an audience member left at the start of the 2nd scene; there were 3. It

Don't see it if Picked up later on and made sense. There was a decent usage of the Russian dialect, male nudity, violence, and crude language. It's a small

Also Set for a cast of 7- the men were easy on the eyes. Ambitious play; de... Read more Read less

90
Relevant, Profound, Must see, Fluffy, Clever

See it if If you have a special needs child or adult, or any child really who would enjoy a nice hour-long (or less) puppet show, with decent singing

Don't see it if And a nice, family-friendly storyline. I saw this with my special needs brother, when he was 37 and in a wheelchair. We enjoyed it and took

Also Cast pics afterwards- so friendly and welcoming. I wish more people wo... Read more Read less

74
Relevant, Profound, Disappointing, Confusing, Absorbing

See it if You like seeing the alternative to Cis male and Cis female relationships: a trans male and lesbian's relationship on full display, however,

Don't see it if It's more of a history of their individual {sexual} lives, as opposed to a collective one. It was ok, until it was like "are they together?"

78
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Raunchy, Funny, Ambitious

See it if I say thought-proving, because my BFF, who liked it, and I had discourse afterwards. It's a good dark comedy, not great. Makes a good cheap

Don't see it if Night out. Don't see if opposed to animal cruelty, harsh language, and sexual violence. Makes you re-evaluate meaning of friendship & McD!

85
During previews
Must see, Refreshing, Great staging, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like "King Kong", of course. You know what? Despite some reviews- I liked! Yes, it's a little modern 4 the 1930s, but,wasn't the concept

Don't see it if To begin with- far out there. Great staging. The ape is so life-like/emotive. Ann was great. My only issue is why no spire on Empire State?

92
During previews
Relevant, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if You like a humorous, sarcastic, yet, feel-good story. You like being introspective and can make fun of yourself or your past. Light crude

Don't see it if Language. It's a rom-com, in a way, of a good ol' Jewish boy; non-religious. It's a musical. I laughed throughout. I was very pleased.Go see

87
During previews
Gruesome, Raunchy, Great staging, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You like dark humor- this has lots of it. 3-of-the-4 actors are quite good. Love the aloofness, quirkiness, and wit. Great job by a young

Don't see it if Playwright. Needs some tweaking, but, good. Don't see this if you hate foul language and gore. It's a very small space/ theatre.

94
Great writing, Great singing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if I must say, I've seen retro/biopics musicals before ("On Your Feet", "Motown", "Memphis", "Hairspray", etc.) and I wasn't sure what to make

Don't see it if Of "Beautiful". I knew a few Carole King songs, but, never truly followed her- this was awesome! I was hesitant to see this, but, my best

Also Friend suggested we see it for "Broadway Week"- he did good, it was fa... Read more Read less

78
Quirky, Dizzying, Confusing, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if "Dear Evan Hansen" and "Mean Girls" definitely came to mind, with the aforementioned 2 being better. It was "ok". I wasn't sure what to ex-

Don't see it if pect, but, with the hype of "sweeping-the-nation" or being "sold out", I guess I felt "honored" to partake, but, maybe because I'm in my mid

Also 30s, I was underwhelmed. It was loud (for the woman next to me). I may... Read more Read less

79
Great staging, Relevant, Confusing, Entertaining, Disappointing

See it if an initiate setting. 3 short 1-acts. Inexpensive experience or seeing a screen actor on stage. "Grounded" was by far the best of the three.

Don't see it if I was hoping to like "The Living Room", but, it was WAY confusing and "Kenny's Tavern" was just "okay". If "Grounded" weren't present, the

Also Evening would've been a bust! 95-min long. Some cussing/slurs. #MeToo ... Read more Read less

91
Intense, Funny, Entertaining

See it if If you like/love theatre and want to know how they stage the fight scenes. Not the quickest learner and unfortunately my friend didn't show

Don't see it if Up, but, I was partnered with someone else and tried my best. It was fun. I feel like I learned, while entertained. It's not for the shy!

76
Relevant, Fluffy, Great staging, Clever, Confusing

See it if I made sure I saw this during Pride month- Harvey Milk is still relevant today and what he's done for the LGBT movement. This takes place

Don't see it if Mostly after his death. It balanced Judaism and homosexuality. Musically, I wasn't feeling the score, but, overall good play. Good set.

93
Great staging, Epic, Great acting, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You're into surrealism, with historical research. Small, intimate, beautifully staged, work of art and {black} love. Heart-warming and gut-

Don't see it if Wrenching. You root for the couple. All 5 actors are good. Almost 2 hours, but, goes by. Lots of "N"-word and slurs. Be advised! Must see!

90
During previews
Profound, Relevant, Funny, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if You're interested in Black History/ U.S. History, which is still relevant today. It can be enjoyed by folks of all walks of life. I'm not

Don't see it if The most "woke" person, but, this was poignant. I sat by writer/director and congratulated him. There is simulated violence and the "N" word

90
Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if You're a fan of the playwright, or her influences, such as August Wilson. Blackbplays. Small plays. Detroit. Jazz. Gentrification topics.

Don't see it if There's a little singing. Staging is great; good views all around. "N" word is used and a gun. If those offend you, don't see, but, I

Also Enjoyed it, even though I was born 35 years after the setting of the p... Read more Read less

74
Relevant, Edgy, Disappointing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You like small theatre and relevant topics.

Don't see it if Overall, it was good, but, I saw it as part of "FringeNYC", in a venue with horrible acoustics and no air (it was summer), so it was hard to

Also Hear and sit through, due to heat. Costuming and acting were good. I g... Read more Read less

72
Great acting, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if You are interested in bliblical stories. My best friend is religious, but, he was actually disappointed in this.

Don't see it if You're not into re-telling of biblical stories

75
Thought-provoking, Profound, Fluffy, Great acting, Delightful

See it if You're a fan on the cast on stage, don't mind interracial romance, and romance between the typical and atypical. It's a nice story. A little

Don't see it if Slow and there are captions, which are sometimes on point, sometimes not, but, I like that it's offered, for the hearing impaired. It was

Also Fluffy, yet emotional. The them was #StartListening, which is importan... Read more Read less

90
Funny, Epic, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if You like this play. It's long. Part 1 is 3 1/2 hours; part 2- 4 hours. 4 intermissions. I saw it on separate days. The time actually goes by

Don't see it if Nathan Lane is excellent, as well as cast. Some play multiple roles. You get same seat for entire run, whether you see it on both days or 1.

Also There is cussing, religious imargery or blasphemy, depending on your v... Read more Read less

70
Campy, Funny, Slow, Quirky, Confusing

See it if You like community theatre; this is the true definition of that. Venue has a lot of bathrooms and conveniently located next to a precinct.

Don't see it if The premise was good, but, weirdly executed. I can see where lines were flubbed a little. Set is meh, but, it's a black box theatre. There

Also were funny moments- the actors were ok, the script was lacking. The ne... Read more Read less

91
During previews
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You like a good family drama. What are the mediocre reviews about? This was good! Great acting all around; I got emotional. The daughters

Don't see it if Were EXCEPTIONAL. The set was amazing. It works for the religious and non religious. Tonya Pinkins was in my audience- I was extra thrilled

86
Entertaining, Ambitious, Edgy, Immersive, Raunchy

See it if You like an EXTREMELY intimate and immersive setting. 7 audience members were present- maximum seating for 10. LGBT! There is some nudity &

Don't see it if Graphic language. Overall, I liked it and I usually don't do solo shows. There are alternating actors- I got the night with Brendan George.

Also He was quite engaging and very friendly post-show. The set is nice, al... Read more Read less

99
During previews
Must see, Profound, Relevant, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if I REALLY loved this. I went into it not knowing what to expect. I LOVED "Moonlight" and just saw "Bird Box", so anything related to Tarell

Don't see it if Alvin McCraney was already on my radar. I got comped, but, I'm TOTALLY seeing this again! Great singing and acting. So poignant. So relevant

Also Now the lead actor can be unlikeable, however, with such a powerful sc... Read more Read less

95
Must see, Relevant, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if You like one act plays; 75-min long. Quick-tongued. Some harsh language. I wanted to see it during the first run, but, glad I finally got

Don't see it if To see it during the end of this run. The young ladies are SO talented. Who cares if it's "Mean Girls" set in Ghana? It's funny and relevant

95
Clever, Funny, Necessary, Cynical, Quirky

See it if You love black box intimate theatre, musicals, small cast, dark humor, topics explored differently, and not afraid of making light of your

Don't see it if Own struggles. Don't see if you're sensitive to psychological issues, cussing, and don't like a few actors playing many. It's about 1-hour

Also Long. There was a great talkback afterwards. The cast really cares abo... Read more Read less

93
Must see, Profound, Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You like jukebox musicals. I can't believe the overall rating is mediocre. This is a great show. High octane. Great dancing by Disco Donna,

Don't see it if My favorite of the 3 Donna's. I actually had comp tickets, completely FREE, no fees, from another rewards site, but, I'd totally see this

Also Again and pay full price. Of course, the music is timeless and legenda... Read more Read less

71
Delightful, Confusing, Fluffy, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if You like black box theatre productions, with decent staging and production value, which needs work, but, is totally workable. Singing is ok,

Don't see it if Could be better. Some songs were catchy, others not so much. Some actors needed fiction lessons, while singing. But, it's quirky and hopeful

Also There is a slight LGBT moment, for those uncomfortable and light cussi... Read more Read less

79
Funny, Fluffy, Great staging, Quirky

See it if It wasn't as dark of a comedy as advertised, but, it had its moments. Nice set design for a black box theatre. Cast was well-connected. Some

Don't see it if Crude language, but, humor kept up with the times. It's worth the affordable value. wasnt thought-provoking, but, I'd say see it.

80
Profound, Edgy, Clever, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Well, I saw part 1 of the trilogy ("Sugar In Our Wounds"), loved it & wanted to see how part 2 would play out. It was unexpected, but, good!

Don't see it if Strong acting. Very emotive. Plot threw me. 2-character play. No LGBT interaction :(. Strong language. Preachy. It's Pro-life vs pro-choice!

79
Dated, Cliched, Funny, Raunchy, Slow

See it if If you love seeing a small cast, in a nicely-staged, blackbox theatre, with clichéd tropes andof course LGBT. It was okay. I missed a "free"

Don't see it if Performance and had to pay to reschedule. I didn't mind. I love seeing myself on stage.It had its moments, but, really needs some tightening

91
During previews
Intelligent, Must see, Profound, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You like a 4-character play where 3 of the roles were standout. The ending was predictable, but, the dynamics of subplot of the parents'

Don't see it if Marriage was superb. Great to see these actors back on Broadway. The staging and effects are excellent. Slight issues with Lt. character,

Also Otherwise- great! There is tough language, but, there's beauty in the ... Read more Read less

86
During previews
Relevant, Dizzying, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like any of the three leads; of course there were many "Harry Potter" fans, as witnessed at the stage door, but, Daniel Radcliffe signed

Don't see it if Autographs and took pics, assisted by his no-nonsense bodyguard. He was very good in the play, as was Cherry. He was quite the fact checker.

Also It was mostly funny, some sadness, some dry moments, but, overall. I'd... Read more Read less

61
During previews
Thought-provoking, Intense, Disappointing, Ambitious, Confusing

See it if You know I wasn't sure what to think of this show, I just hoped that I liked it, I didn't. My friend, who's not an avid theatregoer, but,

Don't see it if accompanies me sometimes, was interested due to the influence of "The Book of Job". I'm LGBT, but, for his sake (he's not comfortable), I

Also Hoped there would be no reference. There's was; there was a whole sub-... Read more Read less

81
Cliched, Great acting, Fluffy, Relevant, Delightful

See it if Ok, so series B, was overall better than A. "The Plot" had decent acting, but, needed a little more development. A little morbid of a plot

Don't see it if (Pun intended); it was the weakest of the 3. "Ibis" has strong acting from the 2 younger actors, but, the older male and his story killed it

Also He could've been left out, or be a character not on stage. Very witty ... Read more Read less

80
Enchanting, Funny, Fluffy, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if I love Beyoncé; I went to the "On the Run II" tour, last night, and decided to continue my weekend with her. It was cute. There's only about

Don't see it if 1 total minute of reference to Beyoncé, but, I caught several inferences pertaining to her, and the interlude music was from her catalogue.

Also I think the use of her name made her fans show up to this play, howeve... Read more Read less

81
Intense, Relevant, Edgy, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You're into an intimate-setting play about a present and topical issue. It's intense, with humor, really dark humor. The acting is great!

Don't see it if You're not into the "N"-word. It takes over the play!- although it's discussed why and if you're super pro-police. Many theatregoers cried!

90
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Funny, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if LGBT all the way. 2 interracial homosexual couples and a transgendered. Topical issues galore. Great space. Total frames. If these interest

Don't see it if You, than it's a must see. If you're offended by the above or slurs, then don't see. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's a refreshing take on life

96
Relevant, Great acting, Funny, Cliched, Absorbing

See it if You love most, if not all 9 actors. Great cast (I was lucky enough to take selfies with 4). It's dated. Yes! It's cliched. Yes, but, needed.

Don't see it if If you're not into gays or racism in the LGBT community then this play is not for you. I was shocked that the latter was even brought up,

Also Considering that the racism within homosexuality is generally ignored ... Read more Read less

98
Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if I'm biased because I do like Stephen's plays and I had to act out a "Edwin/ Pinky" scene, in high school, which is near and dear to me. The

Don't see it if Acting was great, overall. Loved the staging. Talkback was entertaining. I highly recommend- there is lots of cussing, however. drugs.

89
Great writing, Hilarious, Great staging, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You like the movie! Hello! So true to the movie- as much as It can be. "Gretchen" and "Karen", were the best and the queen of mean, had a

Don't see it if Great lower register. Great costumes. Great use of set. Adult actors were great. Love the swings (ensemble), just not crazy about all the

Also Songs. Nothing really rememberable and some of the actors voices were ... Read more Read less

84
Quirky, Fluffy, Great acting, Funny

See it if You're a fan of "Friends", duh. The actors portraying "Rachel" and "Ross" are on point! "Joey" feels authentic. Iffy on "Phoebe". No comment

Don't see it if on "Chandler" & others, since he's in every show parody this company offers. "Monica" was ok. Overall, decent signing. Funny moments. There

Also Are references to some of the most iconic moments. Saw a 10pm Friday s... Read more Read less

79
Great staging, Edgy, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You're a fan of the actors or ever worked in law enforcement or as a guard.

Don't see it if You dislike small theatres; the seats are a little tight. There is cussing...

80
Entertaining, Funny, Dated, Cliched

See it if I didn't see the movie, but, if you're a fan, than see this. It's reminiscent of "Hairspray" or "Memphis", but, less enjoyable.Overall, it's

Don't see it if A good show. It's simple and cliched, but, some of the actors are enjoyable. The wigs could use some work. It won't be a Broadway staple,

Also But, it's great to see diversity (Italian-dominant) on stage. Just lik... Read more Read less

84
Relevant, Hilarious, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like John Leguizamo (he takes a pic and autograph afterwards, with the purchase of a book). Solo show. Some Español. Some cussing. All

Don't see it if Funny. It was educational. Seat price a little steep, considering. Mezzanine seats were uncomfortable. My best friend was so happy, so B+