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.
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.
"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."
“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.”