Growing Up Gonzales
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Growing Up Gonzales
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Growing Up Gonzales NYC Reviews and Tickets

84%
(55 Reviews)
Positive
94%
Mixed
4%
Negative
2%
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. 

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Member Reviews (55)

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1003 Reviews | 412 Followers
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. Read more

470 Reviews | 113 Followers
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.

332 Reviews | 43 Followers
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 Read more

302 Reviews | 85 Followers
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

241 Reviews | 35 Followers
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. Read more

165 Reviews | 33 Followers
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.

157 Reviews | 29 Followers
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. Read more

155 Reviews | 19 Followers
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. Read more

Critic Reviews (2)

The New York Times
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 characters quote each other, and when Mr. Rodriguez occasionally flubs his lines. Whomever all those crazy stories happened to, in any case, they’re still pretty funny."
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TheaterScene.net
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 gripping performance…He also is an excellent mime and that skill is frequently on display…Though small in scale, 'Growing Up Gonzales' is a picturesque and moving experience.”
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