New York | 1h 20m | Already closed

Growing Up Gonzales

From 2 critic and 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)


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.” Full Review

The New York Times

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." Full Review

Great acting, Must see, Great writing, Funny, Absorbing

See it if This was a amazing show. He was excellent. See this if you want to see a funny, yet serious at times. A MUST SEE SHOW. Best show ever!

Don't see it if No reason not to see. this show. Dont miss this one.

Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You like a fact based story. Without saying anything, you can relate to the story on so many levels. Whether you are a parent or sibling.

Don't see it if You don't like truthful life stories.

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

Ambitious, Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You enjoy indulgent life stories and heart warming performances.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy emotional theatre.

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

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.

Riveting, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You want the magic of old Broadway, and to see a living legend.

Don't see it if You only like very relevant, new theater.

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 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

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.

Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Hilarious


Don't see it if N/A

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if I saw this play at the Public Theater and it was well acted and I loved the clever way they used the center of the room as the stage.

Don't see it if If you don't care for Shakespeare.

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

Delightful, Entertaining, Must see

See it if funny

Don't see it if n/a

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

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.

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

Absorbing, Edgy, Quirky, Funny, Resonant

See it if Salty language doesn't offend you. Maybe you're from the Bronx.

Don't see it if You can't empathize with "the life". Or can't handle some cussing.

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.

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.

Funny, Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant

See it if You enjoy one man plays performed by talented actors, you like Nuyorican/Puerto Rican culture, or you like learning about new cultures.

Don't see it if You don't like plays covering drugs and death, or you don't want to learn about Puerto Rican culture in the Bronx.

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.

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

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

Funny, Clever

See it if Has some clever parts and it was an interesting idea.

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

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.

Cast & Creatives (5)