Sakina’s Restaurant
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Sakina’s Restaurant

Sakina’s Restaurant NYC Reviews and Tickets

(56 Ratings)
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Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Intelligent, Funny

About the Show

Actor, writer, and former correspondent for "The Daily Show" Aasif Mandvi  brings his vibrant, comic, and heartwarming one-man show back to the New York stage 20 years after its Obie-winning debut.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (56)

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98 Reviews | 15 Followers
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if If you like Aasif Mandvi in Disgraced, if you like extraordinary one-man shows and if you want to really enjoy good theater.

Don't see it if You cannot understand anyone without a New York accent, or are not interested in the lives of immigrants.

79 Reviews | 9 Followers
Clever, Funny, Edgy, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You're up for the amazing talent of a solo performer acting multiple roles in a multicultural performance about immigrant experiences.

Don't see it if You want bland entertainment without an agenda. Read more

435 Reviews | 60 Followers
Great acting, Great writing, Riveting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You want to see a magnificent performance in a one man multi character/gender play.

Don't see it if You’re dead set against one man shows

150 Reviews | 22 Followers
Entertaining, Resonant, Great acting, Relevant, Great writing

See it if you enjoy a great one-man show exploring themes of immigration. Aasif switches characters so seamlessly and with love it is a joy to watch.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy an intimate portrayal of life among those new to America and seeing the world through their eyes. Funny and touching.

89 Reviews | 21 Followers
Poignant, Delightful, Great acting, Funny, Intelligent

See it if You are interested in contemplating the difficulties that immigrants and their children face in the U.S.

Don't see it if You dislike one-person shows. Read more

124 Reviews | 29 Followers
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You like storytelling and are interested in learning about values from other cultures and ways of life. Aasif is incredible.

Don't see it if A full cast play is more of what you are looking for.

567 Reviews | 150 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if Revival of an Indian-Immigrant's pursuit of the America he wants to be welcoming. Cheering for him, Mandvi assumes multiple roles. Topical.

Don't see it if Brief solo show. Dialects. Switched gender roles are cringey.

126 Reviews | 26 Followers
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great writing, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if you are a fan of the art of STORYTELLING and are interested in the topic of 2nd-generation immigrants' loss of cultural connection

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Critic Reviews (16)

The New York Times
October 14th, 2018

"At its funniest, which is often also its most uncomfortable, it has gained a new resonance...Mandvi does not need much to segue from one character to another. Sometimes it’s a small accessory, but mostly he simply modifies his posture, slightly tweaks the way he speaks...'Sakina’s Restaurant' has acquired a new, somber underlining, making us miss a time when ignorance was paired with benign disinterest rather than hate."
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Time Out New York
October 14th, 2018

"Best enjoyed as a showcase for the actor...Through changes in gesture, inflection and accent, he switches characters at the drop of a scarf...As a playwright, however, Mandvi doesn't fare as well. 'Sakina's Restaurant is a succession of thin slices of life'...The play is more nostalgic than resonant: a bittersweet '90s period piece about a less xenophobic time, when the children of immigrants were more worried about things like arranged marriages than about forced separation and deportation."
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The Hollywood Reporter
October 14th, 2018

"It now feels both timely and dated...The characters deliver not so much monologues but rather dialogues in which we're privy only to their end of the conversation...The play features several amusing episodes...But the evening generally trades in more serious matters as it deals with issues of cultural dislocation and assimilation...The actor shifts effortlessly among the various characters...Senior stages the evening in impeccable fashion."
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AM New York
October 14th, 2018

"With its sympathetic portrayal of immigrants as they adjust to a new life and face questions of cultural identity, the play takes on an extended significance...Mandvi displays ingenuity and agility as a character actor. But while one can certainly appreciate the play’s heart and endearing simplicity, 'Sakina’s Restaurant' feels rather underwhelming today...More like a collection of sentimental, broadly sketched monologues than a fully developed work in its own right."
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October 15th, 2018

"The play...focuses on the personal rather than the political — and in that respect, it's barely aged at all...Mandvi is most convincing when playing characters furthest from him in age and gender...During the weaker monologues, the holes in Mandvi's solo approach appear...'Sakina's Restaurant' succeeds on its own terms...Mandvi and Senior have assembled a mountain of stories, characters, and dreams. Even though cracks show here and there, their work is still impressive when viewed as a whole."
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October 14th, 2018

"Mandvi plays all of his characters with respect, affection and warm humor. While those of Indian descent will certainly catch on to more of his details, there's a universal familiarity to be appreciated in 'Sakina's Restaurant,' particularly for New Yorkers sharing the most culturally diverse spot on the planet."
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New York Stage Review
October 14th, 2018

"The name Sakina means tranquility, or calmness; and that’s what you’ll feel when you enter 'Sakina’s Restaurant,' thanks to genial narrator/author Aasif Mandvi...Though Mandvi returns to Azgi between characters, his portrayals of the Hakims—especially Farrida and Sakina—are the most insightful...They’re also disappointingly brief, especially compared with Mr. Hakim’s endless harangue...We get it—dad speeches are supposed to be long and repetitive. But only in real life."
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October 14th, 2018

“Although the solo-play has its humorous moments, it is far from lighthearted...Mandvi morphs from one character to another with quicksilver speed...There are plenty of laughs. But some of the most powerful moments are serious...Traditional Indian stories interspersed into the piece serve as the theatrical glue to hold the disparate scenes together...It no doubt had cultural significance when it was staged off Broadway two decades ago. But it has gained a new painful pertinence."
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