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Bamboo in Bushwick

From 4 critic and 28 member 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. More…

As a group of old friends gather for a round of dominoes, outside forces converge on their street corner. In an alternate reality, inspired by the psychedelic murals that have taken over many walls in the neighborhood, a turf war breaks out on the icy tundra. Is there room in Brooklyn for both penguins and polar bears? When your community is threatened, every block is worth fighting for.

Stage Buddy

"'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." Full Review

Times Square Chronicles

“‘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.” Full Review

Lighting & Sound America

“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.” Full Review

Front Row Center

"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." Full Review

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

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.)

Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Relevant

See it if you care about gentrification and the people who are most affected by it, if you support minority voices on stage.

Don't see it if you are a closed minded bigot.

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.

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.

Clever, Cliched, Dated, Entertaining, Exquisite

See it if You live in NYC

Don't see it if You might get offended

Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining, Resonant

See it if you are sick of ignoring the problem of gentrification and want to see a human side of the story. The video design elements are noteworthy

Don't see it if You can't see a show with subtitles, as about 1/3 of the play is in Spanish.

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.

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.

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.

Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if enjoy theater as social commentary.

Don't see it if are not bilingual and don't like shows with subtitles.

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.

Dumped my review 5x

See it if gentrification interests you

Don't see it if Not recommended

Clever, Cliched, Banal

See it if You enjoy the Brooklyn scene.

Don't see it if You can't handle the tone and sounds of the street scene.

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.

Also I like the intent , the story line of the bear and penguins , brought ... Read more Read less

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.

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

Confusing, Disappointing, Banal

See it if You want to support the ideas of The Working Theater or know someone in the show.

Don't see it if You want to see cogent, professional theater.

Boring, Slow, Confusing

See it if you have nothing better to do with your life.

Don't see it if you don't want to waste your life on a show that has no substance

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

Also This show is very bad in everyway. When I see a show I actually like t... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Confusing, Excruciating, Cringe-worthy

See it if You want to show support to the organization.

Don't see it if You expect intelligent writing and direction.

Also Moving from reality to a metophoric portrayal every 15 minutes was exc... Read more Read less

Confusing, Dated, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if Story line is not interesting enough to be engaged in it. The penguin metaphor can be condensed in 3 min and not 1/4 of the play.

Don't see it if you want a fast interesting story line.

Clever, Relevant, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if Like fresh new voices in theatre. You care about gentrification.

Don't see it if Yoy don't like reading subtitles.

Ambitious, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Great singing

See it if You enjoy great acting and singing!

Don't see it if You get bored easily

Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Great singing

See it if You really want to be entertained

Don't see it if You don't like to have fun

Cast & Creatives (15)