Closed 1h 20m
Bamboo in Bushwick
Staten Island

Bamboo in Bushwick NYC Reviews and Tickets

(28 Reviews)
Members say
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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Member Reviews (28)

Disappointing, Dizzying, Confusing, Excruciating, Fluffy

See it if you want to see an entire play with subtitles.

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Dumped my review 5x

See it if gentrification interests you

Don't see it if Not recommended

Critic Reviews (4)

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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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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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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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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