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

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

65
Great acting, Slow

See it if You come from a Puerto Rican background. Enjoy one man shows You enjoy shows that are mostly focused on monologues and storytelling

Don't see it if You don't enjoy one man shows You're looking for a fast paced show with a lot of action

Also I thought Andres Chulisi Rodriguez did an excellent job. His performan... Read more Read less

100
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.

100
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.

95
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.

96
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.

90
Delightful, Entertaining, Must see

See it if funny

Don't see it if n/a

79
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.

84
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.

80
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.

100
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Profound

See it if See it if you are looking for something engaging, funny, profound, brilliant. Andre "Chulisi" Rodriquez takes you on a roller coaster.

Don't see it if I can't think of any reason why not to see it. It was superb, brilliant writing and acting. !~

100
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Edgy, Must see

See it if You love great acting! This talented actor was just phenomenal! It was incredible and I stayed engaged the whole time. Very emotional too.

Don't see it if If you are not into a raw honest show that is rooted in culture.

73
Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You enjoy bios and learning how the other half lives.

Don't see it if One man shows are not your thing.

90
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting

See it if If you enjoy great acting and an urban coming of age family story

Don't see it if you are not interested in urban coming of age family stories

90
Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Refreshing, Delightful

See it if You will be captivated by the actor from beginning to end as he transitions from one character to another in this story about family & loss.

Don't see it if I feel that everyone will enjoy this play.

100
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if Felix Rojas' direction was spot on and Andres "Chulis" Rodriguez was brilliant...!!! I thoroughly enjoyed this show...!!!

Don't see it if This show is impossible not to like...!!!

Also The light design by James "Prez" Carter was brilliant and the set desi... Read more Read less

82
Funny, Entertaining

See it if You want a good laugh and a one man show.

Don't see it if If you don"t like a one man show!

90
Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Funny

See it if you appreciate great writing and a great performance.

Don't see it if you are not into diversity.

Also I was really pleasantly surprised. I went in open-minded after seeing ... Read more Read less

86
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you like to go on an emotional roller-coaster.

Don't see it if You don't like something untraditional.

90
Entertaining, Funny, Edgy

See it if If you enjoy 1 person shows.

Don't see it if Don't let the heat stop you. Opening night was tough, AC was out. AC is now fixed and working perfectly.

90
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if Loved it

Don't see it if Na

100
Funny, Absorbing, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful

See it if If you'd like a ride into the past with heart & soul that also correlates to the present whether you are Latino or not you will be touched!

Don't see it if If you don't want to laugh and be touched by a story/stories.

Also Highly recommended. I will go to see it again. Good theater can connec... Read more Read less

100
Must see, Hilarious, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if If you are a Puerto Rican decent or were raised around Puerto Ricans.

Don't see it if If you are not familiar with the Latino culture.

For a previous production
85
Absorbing, Great acting, Emotional

See it if You like one man shows and are interested in the puertorrican expirience in the Bronx or if you like heart wrenching stories about families.

Don't see it if You are not interested in immigrant stories or do not like one-man shows.

For a previous production
85
Funny, Great writing, Must see, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you're looking for writing and performance artistry. This show is mesmerizing. I was glued to my seat, completely taken-in and attentive.

Don't see it if one-man shows are not your thing. It's a 2hr master-class w/an intermission. You'd be a sorry fool if you missed it, for ANY silly reason.

Also You DO NOT have to be latino or from the Bronx to understand and appre... Read more Read less


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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