Bamboo in Bushwick
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Bamboo in Bushwick

Bamboo in Bushwick NYC Reviews and Tickets

(28 Ratings)
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Confusing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining, Clever

About the Show

Working Theater presents a new work examining gentrification in a suddenly trendy neighborhood from divergent angles.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (28)

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77 Reviews | 19 Followers
Funny, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Entertaining, Must see

See it if You love small house theater, Spanish English show and relates to the past... learned how the times charge

Don't see it if You don't speak Spanish and dislike subtitles

57 Reviews | 16 Followers
Absorbing, Great staging, Edgy

See it if You would like to see a multilingual amalgam of tales about the new Brooklyn.

Don't see it if You believe there's an upside to gentrification (better schools, etc.)

63 Reviews | 10 Followers
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intelligent

See it if you like creative theatre that will have you debating with your friends all night.

Don't see it if Don't see it if you don't like conceptual theatre or if you don't have glasses on because there are supertitles.

60 Reviews | 9 Followers
Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You've lived in a neighborhood before during and after its gentrification. Enjoy bilingual performances.

Don't see it if You hate reading supertitles. Don't like plays with social themes.

76 Reviews | 21 Followers
Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in seeing a different, diverse approach to the gentrification topic.

Don't see it if you expect great direction and staging.

146 Reviews | 24 Followers
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Odd

See it if you're interested in a play that considers the complex dynamics at play in gentrification with a dash of not so subtle allegory.

Don't see it if you don't want to think deeply about gentrification or prefer straightforward theater.

141 Reviews | 57 Followers
Confusing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if You would like to see a play about gentrification and its impact. The playwright does ponder over this topic.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a confusing play although the metaphor part is pretty interesting. The whole thing is not catchy enough.

199 Reviews | 29 Followers
Dizzying, Confusing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if 'Gentrification' is very important to you and metaphorical and oblique treatment of it resonates with you.

Don't see it if If you like straightforward dialogue and acting and are confused by strange metaphorical representations.

Critic Reviews (4)

Lighting & Sound America
May 2nd, 2017

“Why Cardona felt the need to create this elaborate and totally inorganic metaphor for the fate of a Brooklyn neighborhood is anyone's guess...If the street scenes dawdle -- they are about as exciting as one of those domino games -- at least they provide some enjoyable local color…Every time the action switches to the North Pole, the possibility of ‘Bamboo in Bushwick’ as a mordant, relevant drama dies a little faster…Cardona hasn't been able turn his material into a workable drama.”
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Front Row Center
April 27th, 2017

"I wanted to see 'Bamboo' because of the topic: gentrification. Unfathomably, the playwright gets all artsy with it, and 'Bamboo' winds up being a confusing, clichéd mess that doesn’t shed any new light on the subject...The first problem is that not much happens in the present-day scenes, and what does is hard to follow...Meanwhile on the 'mural-verse' side of the wall, there are two different kinds of creatures...Had the mural been seen in the present-day scenes, it might have made some sense."
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Stage Buddy
May 1st, 2017

"'Bamboo in Bushwick' gives audiences a look at gentrification that is entertaining, educational, and honest...Cardona Jr., in a completely inspired stroke of the pen, creates another play world based upon a real mural in Bushwick...The shared discomfort of all the characters with their changing surroundings is so real, itʼs unsurprising that the writer and director based their sentiments off of interviews with Bushwick residents. Director Margineanu delivers many interesting choices."
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Times Square Chronicles
April 25th, 2017

“‘Bamboo in Bushwick’ addresses gentrification with honesty and absurdity, bringing to light the harsh realities and many perspectives of those living in changing neighborhoods…The piece is well structured and the effects of gentrification are magnified by the absurdity of the polar bears taking over the penguins…The piece also highlights how minorities are pushed out of their neighborhoods unlawfully.”
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