Already closed | 1h 40m | Midtown W

Latin History for Morons

From 413 member  reviews
Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant

About the show

After a run at the Public Theater, Emmy and Obie winner John Leguizamo brings his hit solo show about the buried history of Latinos in the Americas to Broadway. More…

Inspired by the near total absence of Latinos in his son’s American history class, Leguizamo embarks on a frenzied search to find a Latin hero for his son’s school project. From a mad recap of the Aztec empire to stories of unknown Latin patriots of the Revolutionary War and beyond, Leguizamo breaks down the 3,000 years between the Mayans and Ricky Ricardo into 100 irreverent and uncensored minutes in his trademark style.

1h 40m | Already closed | Studio 54 (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (413)

MEMBERS SAY:

Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant

66
Slow, Middling, Mildly entertaining, Niche

See it if you're a Leguizamo fan and you speak Spanish. There is a good idea in there.

Don't see it if Disappointing. Low energy, low stakes show. No hook. Leguizamo is not the best at impersonations.

Also There is a laudable and very relevant idea behind this show. But the e... Read more Read less

60
Overrated, Amusing

See it if You are a fan of Leguizamo, enjoy standup comedy style shows or have an interest in History.

Don't see it if You are looking for a traditional play. This is more like a standup comedy special - unfortunately I only chuckled a handful of times.

50
Ambitious, Slow, Overrated, Disappointing, Dull

See it if you have a particular passion for the subject matter and insider knowledge of the culture (it helps to speak Spanish)- needed to get jokes

Don't see it if you're expecting a high energy show with one laugh out loud moment after another - it doesn't deliver

Also I really wanted to like this and even my friend who loves Leguizamo th... Read more Read less

65
Clever, Banal, Entertaining, Disappointing

See it if John Leguizamo is just an original voice and force on stage. I wished he would have told this history lesson in one of his earlier shows.

Don't see it if The history of the Latin people is fascinating and truly interesting without being boring. The boring part is John talking about his son.

53
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You love John Leguizamo

Don't see it if You have any concept of Latino history

69
Ambitious, Latin history 101 should be mandatory!, Thought-provoking, You'll get more laffs if u understand latin slang, Almost enuf dancing to be qualified as a musical?

See it if Not a history lesson for morons as much as a "book list" for those who don't want to be morons on Latino history. More edifying than funny.

Don't see it if Skip if you don't like being lectured on the slow extermination of the Aztecs, Incas, & Latino's as a whole. Skip if U don't speak Spanish.

Also If you're not up on Spanish slang, then skip the show and head to the ... Read more Read less

55
Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched, Funny

See it if you are a fan of John.

Don't see it if you don’t like the most cliche version of a one man show, with unnecessary tangents.

Also I thought that the house staff was a little on overkill mode, because ... Read more Read less

51
It's not my humor but i guess he's talented

See it if You're Latino or Hispanic or like kind of low brow humor

Don't see it if you like more sophisticated humor and don't like listening to a lot of 4 letter words

67
Disappointing, Fluffy, Raunchy, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if You are a John Leguizamo fan; and wish to learn more about Latin History.

Don't see it if You are expecting a laugh-riot. The premise didn't work for me. The language can be a bit rough as well.

65
Funny, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you're interested in Latin history, or are a huge Leguizamo fan. Otherwise, it's boring.

Don't see it if you don't want a lesson on Latin history...Some of the humor lands very well, but other than that, it's okay.

50
Banal, Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated, Slow

See it if You like a book report masquerading as a play.

Don't see it if You don’t have to.

58
Slow, Funny, Disappointing

See it if you want to laugh or love obscure Hispanic historical figures.

Don't see it if you don't want to be lectured.

65
Cliched, Funny, Overrated

See it if You are huge fan of John, it will not disappoint if you are! The show is his typical humor style.

Don't see it if You are easily offended, there are tons of risky jokes.

60
Entertaining, Funny, Intense

See it if You like one person shows.

Don't see it if You actually want to learn about Latin History.

Also He was hilarious but there were some points that were super funny and ... Read more Read less

60
Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if You just want to see John Leguizamo & a couple of funny lines.

Don't see it if You expect to see a stand up comic do a very funny routine. It is very drawn out and not that funny.

60
Indulgent, Funny, Clever

See it if It’s really interesting! You can learn some basic history of Latin America. It’s funny too! Def made for an older audience.

Don't see it if John sure thinks it’s cool for him to say the N word huh?

62
Raunchy, Overlong, not nearly funny enough

See it if You're down with John Leguizamo no matter what.

Don't see it if You really want a lesson in Latinx history or are offended by some of his sterotypes--as was I.

Also I've enjoyed him in the past. His act is wearing thin--much as Tracy U... Read more Read less

65
Clever, Funny, Overrated, Raunchy, Thought-provoking

See it if you care about race, enjoy dirty humor, and funny impressions verging on caricatures (but, at least, usually, punching up).

Don't see it if you don't like direct, modern, dirty humor, are going to be upset by over-broad stereotypes, or need your main character to feel competent.

Also First of all, this is basically a well-produced stand-up comedy show. ... Read more Read less

58
Clever, Indulgent, Enchanting, Edgy, Fluffy

See it if You want a version of Latin history as filtered thru JL’s lens. You are a HUGE JL fan.

Don't see it if You are NOT Latin.

68
Slow, Raunchy, Funny, Disappointing, Fluffy

See it if You're a Leguizamo fan through and through. You like his character work. You aren't actually all that interested in Latin History.

Don't see it if You have a genuine curiosity about Latin History. You find throwaway Trump references annoying. You are not amused by mimed bestiality.

59
Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Long, Retirement

See it if You want to be lectured to by someone in the 1% and have 2 hours to kill

Don't see it if You wanted to be totally entertained instead of his political views and a 1 percenter lecturing the rest of us.

Also Show was about 45 -60 mins of funny not the almost 2 hours of what at ... Read more Read less

During previews
65
Problematic, Unfocused, Disappointing, Superficial, Engaging

See it if you're a fan of John Leguizamo and stand up comedy.

Don't see it if you're looking for an incisive exploration of the Latinx experience throughout history.

During previews
50
Cliched, Overrated, Fluffy

See it if you are a fan of John

Don't see it if you think you will hear something new or interesting

During previews
69
Entertaining, Quirky, Funny, Relevant

See it if you are a John L. fan or are interested in an entertaining briefing of Latin history

Don't see it if you dislike one man shows. if you are not Latino a lot of the jokes may go over your head, many of them are in Spanish or about the culture

During previews
65
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Basic, Preachy

See it if u r Puerto Rican, a moron, & u want high energy but ordinary insight into the history of Latinx struggle and excellence. JL lowers the bar

Don't see it if u r expecting more than a trite hyper History for Dummies lecture (I was), if u r academic, or if u appreciate the complexities of Oscar Wao


November 15th, 2017
“Like the best mimics, Leguizamo administers large but precisely calibrated doses of exaggeration to make his impersonations pop...At their best, his jokes get at something deep...If only the character at the center of this frenetic one-man show were as convincing...The physical comedy, often ver...
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November 17th, 2017
“A history lecture delivered by the class clown, with the pleasures and limitations that entails…An energetic journey through Latin America’s past, with plenty of time set aside for jokes, full-throttle dancing, and a narratively convenient plot…The history he offers is often junky, but rigor is ...
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November 15th, 2017
“It’s a sobering education, but ‘Latin History’ is never a slog...Leguizamo keeps us laughing all the way through...A first-rate mimic...Leguizamo has a lot of value to share and an overflow of charm to share it with. He could have used a slightly more rigorous editor: certain devices start to fe...
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November 15th, 2017
“This production is a sobering expression of political urgency that reflects its star’s maturation as a Latino public figure...He demands involvement from the crowd — and brings enough empathy and passion to earn it...Boisterous and joyful but also laced with sorrow, with Leguizamo beautifully co...
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