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 (274)
83
During previews
Triggering, Relevant, Great acting, Funny, Cliched
November 25th, 2022

See it if I am Black, but, I’m picky with my plays. I was in “The Colored Museum”, in college, so this is like it. It’s vignettes, not a linear play.

Don't see it if There is a lot of N-word usage. A lot! Cussing 🤬. A noose. Slavery talk. Race talk. But, most importantly, if you have sensory issues,

Also You may want to skip ⏭ this, due to lighting effects; it can cause sei... Read more Read less

96
Great writing, Funny, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting
November 6th, 2022

See it if If you’ve seen the original Broadway 🎭 production and wanted to see it again (like me). It’s a great story, yes a little dated, yes a bit

Don't see it if Far-fetched, but, it’s a fetching good time. The two leads, Douglas and Francis are powerhouse singers. It’s a smaller venue, but, I much

Also Prefer this venue; good seats 💺 all-around. I could’ve sworn that ther... Read more Read less

89
Quirky, Edgy, Fluffy, Entertaining, Enchanting
November 5th, 2022

See it if It’s fluffy yet edgy (language) at the same time. It is a very entertaining show. It isn’t the best singing (especially by the “Lydia”) I

Don't see it if Had and the songs aren’t very rememberable, but, I was entertained. I do like that it’s not entirely PG; I’m BIPOC and LGBTQ+, but, I feel

Also Like sometimes things have gotten too PG and too censored, so I’m glad... Read more Read less

97
SIX (Broadway)
Midtown W
Great acting, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever
October 30th, 2022

See it if I have been waiting awhile to see this, but, I knew it was an 80-minute concert, for lack of a better term, so the prices seemed steep to me

Don't see it if , but, I waited for a deal and was thoroughly pleased. The singing is AWESOME 👏🏽; the musical 🎤 numbers are radio 📻- ready and radio 📻

Also - friendly. It is DEFINITELY a show to display girl-power, with some h... Read more Read less

80
#Crazyland
Queens
Funny, Cliched, Quirky, Entertaining
October 30th, 2022

See it if It’s a political play. It is anti # 45. It’s an intimate set, 4-characters, black-box theatre 🎭, with old piping, but, overall it was an

Don't see it if Entertaining play. There is some male torso and underwear 🩲 to be seen. Simulated lgbtq 🏳️‍🌈 action. Not groundbreaking, but, enjoyable

95
During previews
Great writing, Great singing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing
October 29th, 2022

See it if I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew there would folk music and Haitian characters; I didn’t expect an LGBTQ character, but, was pleasantly

Don't see it if Surprised. It was like seeing myself onstage, being a Haitian-American, mid-30s (okay late 30s), queer person, myself. It was a beautiful

Also Scenery. The music was very enjoyable; I think 🤔 I may buy a folk albu... Read more Read less

92
During previews
Great singing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing
October 15th, 2022

See it if If you like Suzan-Lori Parks plays. You love the two actors showcased. You love small, intimate plays, with only 2 actors, over 2 hours long

Don't see it if With an intermission. They are some racial themes, cussing 🤬,and even some great guitar 🎸 singing. I’m usually not a fan of 2-actor (or

Also Solo) shows, but, this was pretty good! The actors were so absorbed in... Read more Read less

97
Relevant, Masterful, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing
October 5th, 2022

See it if You’re a caretaker or have a disabled loved one, like myself, or just like plays with human stories! I’ve seen this off-Broadway and am so

Don't see it if Happy to see that Gregg and Katy (the disabled actors) reprised their roles; all 4 actors were phenomenal. There’s really nothing negative

Also To say about this play. There is a relevant use of the “R” word, some ... Read more Read less

95
American Dream
East Village
Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Entertaining, Absorbing
September 23rd, 2022

See it if Hispanic voices and Hispanic playwrights matter! This was a good piece; about an hour long. 6 actors; all pretty good. Very bare stage, but,

Don't see it if It worked. Very relevant story for DREAMERS and the hispanic community. There is some Spanglish, and, of course, it’s LGBTQ. Some foul

Also Language and suggested violence and sex, but, nothing graphic. It was ... Read more Read less

80
Patience (2st)
Upper W Side
Refreshing, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious
September 10th, 2022

See it if You like a small cast of good actors, decent staging, solitaire, Jonathan Burke, 2ST productions, the UWS, and new plays. It is hard to see

Don't see it if Solitaire as a competitive sport, but, kudos for something new. It’s LGBTQ and highlights Black excellence. The Venus vs. Serena reference

Also Was odd to me, starting off good,,but, send off in a tangent. It neede... Read more Read less

93
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious
August 21st, 2022

See it if You’ve seen it off-Broadway, like I did. It is provocative, edgy, some foul language and situations, which aren’t very indicative of a truly

Don't see it if Family-friendly Broadway show— so this isn’t it, but, for an older crowd (17+), with a sense of humor and aren’t opposed to semi-wokeness,

Also Queer situations and maybe a not so happy ending, maybe 🤔! Then add th... Read more Read less

75
For a previous production
Slow, Great writing, Great staging, Dated, Ambitious
July 17th, 2022

See it if If you like Tennessee Williams or want to see another production of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”. “Brenda Walsh” brought me here! And Mr. LeBlanc

Don't see it if Sadly Mr. LeBlanc is miscast and “Maggie” was the weakest link, as stated by another reviewer. Overall, “B” for effort, the set was nice,

Also But, the acoustics are HORRIBLE (especially if you sat on the far righ... Read more Read less

95
Relevant, Edgy, Great writing, Great staging, Absorbing
July 16th, 2022

See it if Sad portrayal of the lives of 3 gay black men, in the same family. There was some humor, but, a very sensitive subject matter drove the

Don't see it if Title. Many in the audience cried. There’s some light N-word usage, flamboyant characters, the C- disease, vomit, and alcoholism, but, over-

Also All, it was a great and touching play…

99
Fat Ham
East Village
Great writing, Must see, Refreshing, Funny, Clever
July 5th, 2022

See it if You want to see an interesting take on a Shakespearean classic- “Hamlet”. It is super funny, modern, yet contextual. It can get a little

Don't see it if Loud. The ghost elements, especially in the beginning, are great. There is some N-word usage (not as much as other recent plays that I have

Also Seen), but, it’s there. Some singing, some dancing, but, it’s still a ... Read more Read less

86
Fluffy, Entertaining, Great staging, Dated, Funny
June 24th, 2022

See it if If you like revival plays, three one-acts, small cast, beautiful, vintage, staging, and of course the two leads. Sarah-Jessica Parker was a

Don't see it if Standout, while her husband, Matthew Broderick, had his moments, but, she was more diverse and has great comedic timing ⏱. The show is

Also Family-friendly, mostly; the 3rd act is the best! The only reason not ... Read more Read less

85
Soft
Midtown W
Intense, Great staging, Disappointing, Cliched, Absorbing
June 18th, 2022

See it if Talk about “Giving Someone Their Flowers 💐 “ before they are gone. If you choose to see this play, you’ll know why. Overall, in spite of

Don't see it if Being another “Black Plight” aka “White Guilt” play, it was pretty good- mostly. I’ve seen other plays by Donja Love; he is consistent in

Also His themes. I wasn’t sure what the title meant prior, but, it wasn’t w... Read more Read less

91
Entertaining, Relevant, Fluffy, Funny, Cliched
June 17th, 2022

See it if You like fluffy, campy, gay rom-com/ gay dating stories, with a small cast. You’ve liked Larry Phillips plays in the past.

Don't see it if You’re not into black box theatres, small cast, LGBTQ stories. 75-80 minute plays. Clichés, but, funny ones. The “Evan” character progressed

Also As the show went on…

90
Edgy, Relevant, Profound, Great acting, Absorbing
May 30th, 2022

See it if It’s like “The Breakfast Club” meets “Waiting for Godot”, but, black. 6 talented young POC actors, stuck in detention with relatable topics.

Don't see it if There is some humor, with raw emotions, as well. There is some music, smoking 🚬, and lots of N-word usage, which actually comes up. I am

Also Black, myself, and hate the N-word. It’s a quick 85-90 minutes. It rea... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Must see, Fluffy, Cliched, Great staging, Funny
May 15th, 2022

See it if The Italian clichés are there, otherwise, it’s a delightful musical. The males definitely carry the vocals (although the females are mostly

Don't see it if Fine). If you enjoy farce, mobsters, Shakespeare, and “Romeo & Juliette”, you’ll love this. It’s a frame narrative, which got better as time

Also Went on. “Romeo”, himself, is a must-see. “Bernadette’s” costume desig... Read more Read less

100
Great singing, Must see, Riveting, Edgy, Absorbing
May 13th, 2022

See it if Simply the best! No reason not to see it if you love Tina, her story, or her music. I got a Tina alternate, but, she was phenomenal. There

Don't see it if Is some drug usage, abuse, and cussing, as this is her story, so it may not be family-friendly, but, it was a raucous good time. Be sure to

Also Stick around for the “bonus concert” at the end. All-in-all, it was ju... Read more Read less

95
Great staging, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Fluffy
May 13th, 2022

See it if Obviously if you loved the movie. You’d want to see this! Rob McClure is awesome as the title lead. He isn’t the greatest singer, but, he

Don't see it if Was perfect for the part. His movements, his voices, his characterizations were all on point. It was a modern-day version of the classic

Also Comedy. The songs aren’t rememberable, but, it was still a good story.... Read more Read less

98
Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Must see
April 30th, 2022

See it if If you like both lead actors, especially since they are both reprising their roles from decades ago. You like Paula Vogel and already know

Don't see it if The content and context of this play. It’s a difficult piece, which managed to have some humor. The chorus was good and it was a quick 100-

Also Minutes. The only way to really act “wrong” in this play is to not sho... Read more Read less

100
Must see, Relevant, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting
April 22nd, 2022

See it if I can’t put into words how much I enjoyed this piece, uh, play. It’s a revival, where I was too young to remember the original. There’s rage

Don't see it if Humor, sadness, simulated baseball ⚾️, great acting, and yes 👍🏽, lots of nudity. Be prepared for that. There’s also cussing 🤬 and slurs,

Also But, at the core, it’s about self-reflection and acceptance. I totally... Read more Read less

100
To My Girls
Midtown W
Quirky, Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting, Relevant
April 17th, 2022

See it if Woke? Yes. Political? Yes. But, both sides (left & right are displayed, but, mostly left). Does it make “masc”, buff, young white gay men…

Don't see it if The villain 🦹‍♂️? Yes, but, it’s a relevant to the plight that gays/ homosexuals who are “others” feel. It’s remarkably entertaining and

Also Poignant. There is drag, not really any “masc” men, the “Daddy” stereo... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing
April 3rd, 2022

See it if It’s about colored girls, Black pride, it’s political, depictions of rape, physical abuse, domestic violence, etc. There’s some cussing and

Don't see it if N-word usage, so if you’re not a fan of this, or the poet, or even saw the original production, then this may not be for you. I intent was

Also To see this, because 1) I’ve read about it years ago, but, also becaus... Read more Read less

80
Help
Chelsea
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Slow, Great acting, Great staging
March 31st, 2022

See it if I mean if you read the synopsis than you’d know it’s a political & racial play, so that’s that. It’s a long 90-minutes; they are slow parts

Don't see it if There isn’t much cussing or N-word usage, though there are references to it. The 4th wall is broken. It’s more of a performance piece. The

Also Narrator, Matthis, is good in her role, and most of the “white extras”... Read more Read less

90
The Life
Midtown W
Preachy, Entertaining, Relevant, Great singing, Great acting
March 18th, 2022

See it if You’re a fan of Billy Porter, musicals, believe “sex-work” IS work!, LGBTQ stories, and great singing. I’m in shock of the NEGATIVE reviews.

Don't see it if I do agree that there was, at times, a battle between the vocalists and orchestration. They both sounded great, individually, or in the

Also Ballads, but, in the more upbeat songs, I could hardly hear the singer... Read more Read less

95
During previews
At The Wedding
Upper W Side
Great acting, Great staging, Profound, Quirky, Confusing
March 12th, 2022

See it if You live small, ensemble plays. Love queer/ LGBTQ stories, weddings, heartbreak, humor, music, & self-reflection. 75-min; no intermission.

Don't see it if I see no reason not to see this unless you’re opposed to the above, gender-neutral restrooms (which I loved), and an open-ended ending.

Also This play was TOTALLY I’m my wheelhouse, in terms of charm, humor, sel... Read more Read less

85
Epic, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Confusing
February 26th, 2022

See it if Firstly, this reminds me of “Once”. I didn’t see that movie, but, enjoyed the Broadway musical. I am NOT well-versed in Greek mythology, but

Don't see it if I have heard great reviews about “HadesTown” and obviously it has won some “Tony’s”. I liked the mixing of two heavily spirited cultures-

Also That of Creole/ Louisiana/ Dixie and the Greeks, of course. The mergin... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Relevant, Quirky, Disappointing, Ambitious, Funny
February 25th, 2022

See it if I was drawn to summary of LGBTQ characters and Cuban descent. I got both and many other plot lines, but, none really fully developed. The

Don't see it if Interaction between the sisters (literally, for one) was quite entertaining. They were the two most enjoyable performances. I wanted to like

Also Boyfriend’s character, he had potential, but, I wasn’t quite sure of h... Read more Read less

95
Must see, Quirky, Fluffy, Great singing, Delightful
February 20th, 2022

See it if You liked the movie. Honestly, I’m too young to remember the movie, but, the songs are iconic. I was about 15-minutes late and I got an

Don't see it if Understudy (who was funny); I really wanted to see Conrad, but, overall, it was an entertaining show. Loved seeing the plant grow. It

Also Reminds me of simpler times! They did a great job bringing the small s... Read more Read less

99
Clyde's (Broadway)
Midtown W
Great writing, Hilarious, Must see, Profound, Edgy
January 16th, 2022

See it if If you like the actors involved, playwright Lynn Nottage, 95-minute plays, some light violence & cussing, diverse cast, thought-provoking

Don't see it if Comedy. Don’t see it if any of the above is not your style. Oh and sandwiches, if you don’t love sandwiches- this is not for you. The cast

Also We’re gracious, awesome, and talented! There is some symbolism to deci... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Must see, Epic, Great singing, Great acting, Delightful
December 15th, 2021

See it if I’m not even a Michael Jackson fan, but, I find myself, days later, still humming the tunes. I was at the December 10th preview. Sat in the

Don't see it if Back, met Lynn Nottage, and saw other celebs. My best friend LOVES MJ, this was her gift, and she loved it. Myles Frost is a star! Actually

Also All 3 ages of Michael were excellent! The story doesn’t demonize or ma... Read more Read less

91
Faculty Portrait
West Village
Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant
March 6th, 2020

See it if You like to see a multiethnic, talented cast of 6, performing a difficult topic with humor and candor. There’s smoking, gunshots, and some

Don't see it if Cussing. It actually felt like an after school special, or Saturday morning teen entertainment, but, it was enjoyable. It’s a nice small

Also Space. My only gripes are we can hear the actors off-stage, because th... Read more Read less

85
For a previous production
Must see, Great staging, Dizzying, Delightful, Entertaining
March 2nd, 2020

See it if Ok, so you must be up to seeing a 5-hour play, as well as be a “Harry Potter” fan. I was never sure if I would ever see this, however, the

Don't see it if Cast, crew, and production team graciously presented a sensory-friendly performance yesterday, so I was able to see it with my brother, who

Also Has cerebral palsy. Now, he did make a little too much noise, so we ha... Read more Read less

87
During previews
Bundle of Sticks
Midtown W
Experimental, Raunchy, Entertaining, Quirky, Queer
February 28th, 2020

See it if So, I’ve seen a few plays at this theatre 🎭 company; they truly give a voice to the experimental, queer, feminine, and Latinx community!

Don't see it if The venue is a black box theatre 🎭, with old pipes, which can be a little hard to find, but, the staff is pleasant. The play? It’s totally

Also Out there. It’s set in an Australian bunker, with 6 non-cisgendered me... Read more Read less

84
Intense, Dizzying, Edgy, Entertaining, Ambitious
February 27th, 2020

See it if First of, the cast is very pleasant and most did the stage door 🚪. The venue is huge; I believe it’s the biggest Broadway 🎭 theatre 🎭.

Don't see it if Now for the show? It’s ambitious! To chop down about an hour of text and axing “I feel pretty”, etc., takes some major cojones! If you don’t

Also Know the story, then the chopped up version seems fine, otherwise it c... Read more Read less

90
Happy Birthday Doug
Soho/Tribeca
Quirky, Relevant, Entertaining, Funny, Cliched
February 14th, 2020

See it if If you’re a fan of solo shows or solo performers acting out multiple characters; there were 9, altogether, in this hour-long piece. It is an

Don't see it if Older space, with uncomfortable seats 💺, and it took awhile for entry, but, the performance was quite enjoyable, especially coming from me,

Also Who rarely likes solo pieces. The characters were clichéd- “Jason”, “B... Read more Read less

97
Great staging, Entertaining, Masterful, Must see, Great singing
January 17th, 2020

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

97
During previews
17 Minutes
Midtown W
Profound, Relevant, Must see, Great acting, Absorbing
January 12th, 2020

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

95
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Epic, Great acting, Must see, Relevant, Absorbing
January 4th, 2020

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

90
Thought-provoking, Confusing, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing
December 7th, 2019

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

95
Edgy, Hilarious, Funny, Entertaining, Must see
December 6th, 2019

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

97
During previews
One in Two
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense, Entertaining, Absorbing
December 1st, 2019

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

100
Intense, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Relevant
November 29th, 2019

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

93
Relevant, Great acting, Racy, Provocative, Satire
November 22nd, 2019

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

100
Epic, Hilarious, Must see, Riveting, Absorbing
November 11th, 2019

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

87
Entertaining, Ambitious, Funny, Confusing, because of extended spanish sequence, Graphic
November 8th, 2019

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

75
FEAR
West Village
Great staging, Disappointing, Intense, Relevant, Absorbing
October 25th, 2019

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

80
Only Human
Midtown W
Quirky, Must see, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful
October 25th, 2019

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