Already closed | 1h 20m | Midtown W

Growing Up Gonzales

From 55 member  reviews
Members say: Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

About the show

Writer/director Felix Rojas brings back his one-man play about brotherly love and the healing power of saying goodbye.  More…

When Johnny Gonzales is forced to clean out the apartment of his recently deceased younger brother Cisco, he discovers a treasure chest of personal notes left behind by his sibling. They represent Cisco's innocent interpretation of love, life, and everything in between. When Johnny begins to read these notes, his magical journey begins.

1h 20m | Already closed | Actors Temple Theater (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (55)

MEMBERS SAY:

Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever
84
Avg Score

78
Entertaining, Funny, Thought-provoking, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if You like one person shows, especially if you're Puerto Rican. Lots of cultural humor but he still connects even if you speak zero Spanish.

Don't see it if You don't like one person shows or shows that don't have a strong story. The anecdotes are funny and moving. The main story not so much.

Also Just felt like I had to mention that it was a pretty good show to me b... Read more Read less

5
Excruciating, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You speak fluent Spanish and are able to follow a confusing disjointed storyline

Don't see it if You care about nuanced acting or a coherent storyline, as this poorly acted and high school quality material.

88
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Intense, Absorbing

See it if You want to hear about what it was like growing up in the Bronx and being Puerto Rican. You want to laugh and be entertained.

Don't see it if You don't like one man shows. You are not interested in trials and trbulations of growing up Puerto Rican in The Bronx

Also This was so absorbing. I am from the Bronx and I am not Puerto Rican o... Read more Read less

100
Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if you like genuine, no holds barred drama of growing up black Puerto Rican in The Bronx from 1980s to today, 1 excellent actor in 6+ roles.

Don't see it if you do not like one actor drama, violent and depressing themes, constant dialog that feels like action with none onstage or can't sit 90 min

78
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Slow, Intense

See it if you enjoy an intense one-man show about growing up in a Puerto Rican family in NY in the 70s

Don't see it if you want a fast paced show with action and more than one character.

Also The show was an intense well-acted performance by one actor mainly pla... Read more Read less

82
Absorbing, Funny, Great writing, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if Enjoy solo performance. This one will move you to tears, guffaws and back again. Wonderful story, beautifully portrayed.

Don't see it if Unresolved issues with departed love ones is a trigger.

79
Entertaining, Great acting, Moving, Intense, Absorbing

See it if You are Puerto Rican you will love this and if you are not you will still enjoy this if you appreciate hearing family stories expertly told.

Don't see it if You don’t like one man shows.

Also This is a very satisfying theatre experience. At once, funny and sad. ... Read more Read less

88
Absorbing, Funny, Entertaining, Poignant, Great acting

See it if You enjoy a well acted one person play where the actor plays several roles in a poignant play of family love and loss

Don't see it if You don't like one person plays or small theater. Some crude language but appropriate for the story.

75
Absorbing, Great acting, Funny

See it if You want to see a great performance about a man's experience growing up in the Bronx in the 70's.

Don't see it if You are not interested in a one man show and might have difficulty understanding some Spanish words and expressions.

Also We were not seated til almost 8pm and only in the last two rows of thi... Read more Read less

79
Funny, Melancholy, Thought-provoking

See it if you have ever lost a loved one and regret all the things you never did or said... can identify with others in a loss, enjoy laughing

Don't see it if it is hot and muggy as the theater area is HOT. finding humor in one's loss is not your thing.

95
Delightful, Funny, Entertaining

See it if if you are a person who is interested in other cultures especially the Puerto Rican culture.It was funny,poignant,reminiscent.old school.

Don't see it if if you don't like diverse cultural situations.it was definitely directed to the Spanish culture.If you are a person with limited diversity.

Also I loved it because I grew up with Puerto Ricans,Blacks,Jews,Italians,I... Read more Read less

78
Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious

See it if You are Latin it will hit home. Even if you aren't Latin it is very funny.

Don't see it if You want a serious play.

90
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Riveting

See it if U like good storytelling by a good writer & can enjoy a solo versatile believable actor who portrays all the characters in this play.

Don't see it if If U are not keen on one actor plays. U are not interested in Puertp Rican related stories or the Bronx. U prefer changing stage sets.

Also This is an entertaining show featuring one actor as the narrator/all c... Read more Read less

76
Entertaining, Funny

See it if enjoy a play about Puerto Rican brotherly love which is well written. about a brother's discovery of his dead brothers life and loves.

Don't see it if you are sensitive to themes of death, or recently lost a close family member. It can be very emotional. The MC was confusing and needed work

72
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you think you'd like a one-person show where a Puerto Rican man from the Bronx talks about growing up and his relationship with his brother.

Don't see it if you are impatient about hearing a person's story--sprinkled with Spanish terms--for about an hour and forty-five minutes.

95
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if GEAT PERFORMANCE . FUNNY . A MUST SEE SHOW .

Don't see it if N/A

80
Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Edgy, Funny

See it if You're a fan of brilliant one-person shows with heart and depth.

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

80
Funny, Relevant, Intense, Indulgent

See it if You understand what it was to grow up Puerto Rican in the 70' 80's and the seriousness that families faced

Don't see it if Your sensitive on matters that Hispanic families face or you dislike one man shows

95
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if you're Latino and grew up in a Hispanic house hold poor but you didn't know you were poor. You'll love this!

Don't see it if if you're not interested in different culture and are not really fond of one man show.

96
Funny, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You like one man show and enjoy a good actors ability to play various characters. Andres "Chulisi" Rodriguez was great, funny, poignant.

Don't see it if There is really no reason not to see this play. A good time can be had by all who see it.

96
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Funny

See it if you want comedy regarding being Hispanic and growing up issues and a gentle treatment of the loss of a sibling

Don't see it if you don't understand about being Hispanic

79
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Profound

See it if you like one man shows about culturally diverse backgrounds. That take you on a deep and personal journey.

Don't see it if you like shows with big sets and lots of costume changes. Or are looking for a traditional play with a large cast.

82
Thought-provoking, Intense, Entertaining, Absorbing, Relevant

See it if You enjoy one-man shows that tackle tough topics with tears and humor

Don't see it if You are not Hispanic and have no interest in or appreciation for other cultures.

87
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Clever, Absorbing, Great staging

See it if You want to learn or can relate to Puerto Rican culture

Don't see it if Want to see a musical

74
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You want to see a one man show and love pieces that invoke the power of the family bond

Don't see it if If you are not a fan of 1 act short one man shows as it may feel like it's over just when you were settling into your seat


February 9th, 2012
for a previous production "Felix Rojas’s script has trouble integrating the light and dark elements of his fraternal portraits...Mr. Rodriguez is an animated and affable M.C., but he’s also an odd choice for a multi-character, one-actor play given his abridged vocal range....The narration becomes especially confusing when...
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March 31st, 2017
for a previous production “Mr. Rojas vividly creates an entertaining panorama of the Puerto Rican community in the Bronx of the 1960s and 1970s. A gallery of characters and numerous incidents are lovingly described…With the swagger of a seasoned stand-up comedian and the delivery of a slam poet, Mr. Rodriguez delivers a g...
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