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 (256)
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

100
The New Englanders
Midtown W
Great staging, Great acting, Resonant, Relevant, Absorbing
October 19th, 2019

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

84
When It Happens to You
East Village
Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing
October 19th, 2019

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.

80
Slow, Relevant, Ambitious, Great acting, Funny
September 26th, 2019

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

68
Insipid, Silly, Funny, As expected, Had promise
September 11th, 2019

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

93
During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Masterful, Intense, Great acting
September 6th, 2019

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

75
Quirky, Funny, Dizzying, Cliched, Confusing
September 2nd, 2019

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

70
Ambitious, Sparse, but, decent staging, Great acting, Intelligent, Slow
August 31st, 2019

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

97
Make Believe
Midtown W
Great acting, Must see, Profound, Resonant, Clever
August 31st, 2019

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

96
The Rolling Stone
Upper W Side
Relevant, Profound, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing
August 24th, 2019

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

70
The Exes
Midtown W
Disappointing, Great staging, Fluffy, Soap opera-like, Melodramatic
August 24th, 2019

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

88
Talent is Sexy
Midtown W
Relevant, Great writing, Funny, Clever, Cliched
August 24th, 2019

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.

95
Immersive, Improv, Relevant, Quirky, Must see
August 16th, 2019

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

91
Toni Stone
Midtown W
Great acting, Refreshing, Must see, Intense, Relevant
July 21st, 2019

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

80
During previews
Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense
July 18th, 2019

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

69
The White Dress
Soho/Tribeca
Weak script, Great acting, Disappointing, Confusing, Hot 🥵 as hell in there
July 5th, 2019

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

97
Smiley
Gramercy
Quirky, Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing
June 29th, 2019

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

82
Fluffy, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Disney magical
June 24th, 2019

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

86
The Ritual
Midtown W
Profound, Great acting, Relevant, Clever, Absorbing
June 21st, 2019

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