Bamboo in Bushwick
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Bamboo in Bushwick
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Bamboo in Bushwick NYC Reviews and Tickets

60%
(28 Reviews)
Positive
46%
Mixed
29%
Negative
25%
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)

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464 Reviews | 101 Followers
9
Disappointing, Dizzying, Confusing, Excruciating, Fluffy

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

Don't see it if you are expecting thought provoking theater Read more

434 Reviews | 125 Followers
65
Dumped my review 5x

See it if gentrification interests you

Don't see it if Not recommended

410 Reviews | 71 Followers
58
Confusing, Quirky, Slow

See it if You are OK with a half English, half Spanish play with subtitles in each language that thinly paints an allegory of negative gentrification

Don't see it if You don't like allegories that don't make sense, or you think gentrification is a complex issue with both positives and negatives.

278 Reviews | 44 Followers
49
Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if My score is only to show appreciation for the hard work actors, writers, producers, directors, etc. put in

Don't see it if Unfortunately I cannot think of any reason to see it

168 Reviews | 19 Followers
65
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.

141 Reviews | 56 Followers
68
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.

146 Reviews | 25 Followers
69
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.

83 Reviews | 23 Followers
60
Quirky, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if You know some Spanish or are ok with reading subtitles . You enjoy quirky shows with a simple message.

Don't see it if Messages against gentrification doesn't interest you , bilingual shows confuse you . Quirky animal comparison are too much to bear. Read more

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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