The Rodriguez family is living in New York City’s El Barrio in the early 1970s, when music was a proud expression of Latino culture amidst neighborhood volatility and social activism. The story centers on patriarch Don Roberto, who tries to instill good values in his children, and faces down the grit and chaos of the era. He works hard to hold his family together, and all the while music and imagination keep their souls afloat. Featuring classic songs by Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Willie Colón, Héctor Lavoe, Rubén Blades, Johnny Pacheco, Pete El Conde, La Lupe, and others. Mostly in Spanish with English supertitles.
See it if you love Latin music. This jukebox musical is poorly plotted, but delivers lots of strong singing and dancing. Lots of stereotypes.
Don't see it if you don't know Spanish; ILILT is fully bilingual. The plot's thin; characters are sketches. Heavy and light moments seesaw.
Also I rated leniently since I am not the target audience.
See it if you speak Spanish, especially if you lived in NY in the 70's and have great affinity for Spanish songs. They are excellent. Subtitles-AWFUL!
Don't see it if you don't speak Spanish. The subtitles are way too small and often just not there. When there, they are far too formal, often make no sense.
See it if You like latin themed family dramas. You can join the audience's love of this music and dont need a strong plot to hang the music on.
Don't see it if You dont like subtitles, obviously if you dont like latin music. Or tales of El Barrio
See it if you like Latin music and are interested in stories about El Barrio and its culture.
Don't see it if you do not like Latin sterotypes or do not care for puertorican music.
See it if YOU WANT TO BE ENTERTAINED. YOU LIKE MUSIC. YOU LIKE SINGING AND DANCING LATIN STYLE. YOU WANT TO LAUGH. YOU WANT TO DANCE IN YOUR SEAT.
Don't see it if YOU DO NOT LIKE SINGING AND DANCING LATIN STYLE. YOU DON'T WANT TO LISTEN TO SPANISH DIALOGUE AND SINGING. YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE ENTERTAINED
See it if you enjoy melodic, rhythmic Hispanic music and book brilliantly performed, regardless whether you understand Spanish or can read subtitles
Don't see it if you do not enjoy Hispanic music regardless whether you understand Puerto Rican Spanish (subtitles difficult to see from any audience seat)
See it if You want to have a fun evening of theatre with lotsa rhythm and heart. You'll be up on your feet dancing by the end.
Don't see it if You want to see a serious play or have trouble following along with a show that uses English and Spanish with English subtitles.
See it if you like Salsa & Latin music. Richer & funnier if you're Latino or know Spanish but it's not necessary for this fun, joyously performed show
Don't see it if you dislike Salsa, Latin music, PR culture, NY in the 70's or the rare chance of seeing this fun and hugely talented cast and amazing band.
See it if you like salsa music and want to see a show more for the music than the plot, which was thin and trite. Creative use of a simple set.
Don't see it if you don't speak some Spanish (or don't mind not catching everything). Spanish lyrics and some dialogue projected on the wall but hard to see
See it if For salsa fans, a great little musical. For those of us familiar with Tito Nieves and his musical predecessors, you will love it.
Don't see it if you are clueless about the Bronx & PR/Latino musical legacy; didn't like 'In The Heights"
See it if You love salsa music & the PR culture or want to know more, want to hear great music or to have great night out w score to move your feet.
Don't see it if You hate having to translate, subtitles are really small and incorrect, if you need to know what every word means,
See it if If you like listening to salsa music for over two hours with actors who are not good, except for 1 female dancer, and 1 female singer.
Don't see it if If you are used to good singing and dancing.
See it if If you like Latin music and want to laugh. Culturally appropriate for all.
Don't see it if You don't want to read some subtitles. (Not that many) or are not a fan of musicals or Latin music
See it if you want to have the time of your life and enjoy the great salsa hits from the 70s.Great ensemble cast ,exuberant music,and Tito Nieves!
Don't see it if you don't like to have fun.
See it if Like Latin music and easy evening out. Older actress is a comic gem- wish she was on more
Don't see it if You do not exhuberant but frequently amateurish production. Very poor story line
See it if You are a salsa fan, enjoy great musicianship and singing, can enter into another cultural time and place and have mucho fun!
Don't see it if Can't deal with not understanding the Spanish lyrics and the seemingly hysterical Spanish asides; you like staying in your own cultural box
See it if you speak Spanish (subtitles available, but you still miss stuff), you like Latin music (specifically Salsa), you like Tito Nieves
Don't see it if you don't speak Spanish and don't care for Latin music. It's basically a jukebox musical featuring Salsa hits with a very thin story
See it if you enjoy salsa music and understand spanish -- the songs are all in spanish and the subtitling (projected onto the stage) is inconsistent.
Don't see it if you are not fond of loud, exuberant audiences -- expect alot of Wepa! outbursts throughout the performance.
See it if U want to c 35 (!) songs seamlessly interwoven w/a heartwarming tale centered on a Puerto Rican family in El Barrio NYC 1970s. Swell energy!
Don't see it if It drives u crazy 2 miss out. 100% of asides, all jokes from which deep laughs came etc, were in Spanish. U feel excluded & don't want 2 be~
See it if entertaining, with a Latin musical score rhythmic and sophisticated, and a compelling story.
Don't see it if can’t hear due to a medical condition.
See it if you love salsa music, ingenious scenery, and a talented bi-lingual cast of great singers and dancers. It's a great show for Spanish speakers
Don't see it if you get annoyed not understanding all of the dialogue. This show is great theater anyway.
See it if You enjoy salsa and are into the culture of The Barrio of the late 70's.
Don't see it if You don't have a working knowledge of Spanish. A lot of the dialogue is lost to non Native speakers. Translations not enough.