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.
"Sakina’s Restaurant" centers on an Indian immigrant who comes to New York to work at a restaurant and live the American dream.
See it if You are a fan of Mandvi and 1 person shows.
Don't see it if You want a story w/ a beginning middle & end. This is small snippets of different characters lives that not amount to a full story.
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.
See it if you like one man shows with lots of characters depicted in a heartwarming slice of Indian-American life.
Don't see it if you don't like one actor playing lots of parts.
See it if You like Mandvi or one person, many role shows. It was written at a better time, but never caught on for me.
Don't see it if You want new insights into the immigrant experience.
See it if you like immigrant stories and/or one person shows. Mandvi adeptly morphs into and embodies the different characters. Good transitions.
Don't see it if you aren't interested in the story of an immigrant community. Also, see below.
See it if You enjoy one-man shows. Want to support POC theatre that examines the immigrant experience in the US.
Don't see it if You dislike one-man shows. Particularly ones wherein the actor, when portraying women, tends to create caricatures mores than characters.
See it if you enjoy solo works with an enjoyable mix of humor, drama & pathos, on immigrant topics; you're a fan of the multitalented Aasif Mandvi.
Don't see it if you need a much faster pace and prefer an ensemble cast & formal sets/props. Some sketches seemed to go on longer than needed ...
See it if you want an inside glimpse into the lives of Indian immigrants as told by Aasif Mandvi as he transforms from one character into the next.
Don't see it if you don't care for one-person shows, prefer to have a plot rather than short (but connected) stories
See it if You are prepared for a Mandvi show that’s not very funny. I don’t think he’s going for laughs most of the time.
Don't see it if You expect hilarity or a contemporary treatment of Muslim immigrant life. This play is set in 1998 and was apparently written a while back.
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.
See it if you're a fan of Mandvi, like solo shows, remember the 6th St./Indian Row of the '90s (as I do); for a glimpse inside an immigrant family.
Don't see it if you're afraid the 20-year-old show may feel dated; solo-show tropes such as long one-sided conversations aren't your thing.
Also Mandvi is charming, but this show left me wanting.
See it if He is a good player of different characters if you like one person shows
Don't see it if Not usually a fan of one person shows and found myself bored at times
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
Don't see it if you are not a fan of one-person shows
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.
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.
Also This show struck a perfect balance between amusement and poignancy.
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.
See it if Surprised it was written 20 yrs. ago & is so timely today! 90 minutes flew by. Enjoyed much.
Don't see it if you don't like solo shows, with 1 actor playing all roles. No intermission productions.
See it if you enjoy the theatrical acrobatics of one actor embodying several characters. Or if you're interested in immigrants' stories.
Don't see it if you find one-person shows tedious
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.
See it if you like Aasif Mandvi and are prepared to like him even more when you discover that he is not only a funny man but a talented actor-writer.
Don't see it if you don't like one-man shows in which the actor plays multiple characters of different genders
See it if You love Aasif Mandvi and want to laugh, cry and learn about the Indian immigrant experience.
Don't see it if You dislike one man shows where the actor plays every part, regardless of gender. You find discussions about the immigrants boring.