Open run | 1h 45m | Gramercy

La Gringa

From 23 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Absorbing, Great acting

About the show

Repertorio Espanol presents Carmen Rivera’s iconic play about a woman visiting Puerto Rico, her family's homeland, for the first time performed in Spanish with English subtitles. More…

Mari­a Elena Garcia goes to visit her family in Puerto Rico during the Christmas holidays and arrives with plans to connect with her homeland. Although this is her first trip, she has had an intense love for the island and even majored in Puerto Rican Studies in college. Once Maria arrives, she realizes that the islanders do not welcome her with open arms. The majority consider her an American – a gringa - and Mari­a considers this a betrayal. If she's a Puerto Rican in the United States and an American in Puerto Rico, Maria concludes that she is nobody everywhere. Her uncle, Manolo, spiritually teaches her that identity isn't based on superficial and external definitions, but rather is an essence that she has had all along in her heart.

Member Reviews (23)


Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Absorbing, Great acting
Avg Score

Pleasant, Cultural, Delightful, Funny, Enchanting

See it if Seeking her roots, bubbly 22-y.o. Maria visits her aunt's family in PR. Farcical scenes ensue. Light, enjoyable satire w/vocal audience.

Don't see it if You don't speak Spanish & don't like super-titles. You want a more serious drama, rather than a cute romantic slice-of-life.

Relevant, Must see, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like stories that are so relevant with all that is going on in our world. It's extremely well done.

Don't see it if If you have a hard time reading subtitles in English

No set, Simple, Cute, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you like light comedies, that are simple but yet cute. You enjoy foreign language shows touching questions of ethnic identity.

Don't see it if you expect something profound and serious. You are not into foreign language productions with subtitles. There is no staging whatsoever.

Funny, Hilarious, Masterful, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you are bilingual or just enjoy crossing cultures in theatre.

Don't see it if you do not have a taste for Puerto Rican humour or strong female leads.

Insipid, Slow, Disappointing

See it if like Spanish language plays and very simple family stories about the different perspectives of minorities living in their country and in nyc

Don't see it if you don't speak Spanish or are ok reading subtitles above the stage that don't keep up with the dialog; like clever, thought-provoking drama

Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if you like comedy, Spanish comedy, Spanish Theater

Don't see it if play is in Spanish with English subtitles

Entertaining, Refreshing, Funny, Clever

See it if You are looking for a different type of play that focuses on topics that everyone from Hispanic descent faces one way or another.

Don't see it if You do not like subtitles.

Entertaining, Enchanting, Refreshing, Hilarious, Funny

See it if You enjoy a good comedy regardless of language. You would like a view into Puerto Rican family ways and customs.

Don't see it if If you enjoy only serious productions and dislike subtitles.

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing

See it if You are Spanish or enjoy Spanish culture

Don't see it if You don't like Spanish culture or good shows

Masterful, Intelligent, Hilarious, Great acting, Funny

See it if You like spanish speaking shows

Don't see it if You can’t understand spanish

Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant

See it if You love laughing

Don't see it if Hate comedies

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing, Must see

See it if If you are looking to indulge in the storytelling while laughing, La Gringa is a great choice.

Don't see it if You are not very welcoming of topics related to immigration.

Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if Great storyline, performance was amazing, talented actors, the simplicity is engaging and leaves you wanting more.La Gringa. Must see!Thanks

Don't see it if Go see

For a previous production
Relevant, Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if You want to practice your Spanish, can relate to culture clashes

Don't see it if You hate using subtitle screens or do not understand Spanish

For a previous production
Delightful, Enchanting, Relevant, Funny

See it if Just because is beautiful!

Don't see it if You are not in to lite comedy.

For a previous production
Delightful, Entertaining, Profound, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if a topic i related with......a touch of reality....great acting

Don't see it if is in Spanish with some English....need to used translator in theater if you do not speak Spanish.

For a previous production
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Profound

See it if You enjoy Spanish masterpieces!

Don't see it if You don't want to wear headphones to hear the translation

For a previous production
Delightful, Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if you speak English or Spanish; you want to see a story told from an often unheard perspective

Don't see it if you are uninterested in underrepresented first hand accounts

For a previous production
Absorbing, Great writing, Profound, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You wish to see the passion and love for ones country, great laughs and good storyline.

Don't see it if If you don't speak Spanish and don't want to wear translation headphones. The play is in Spanglish.

For a previous production
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if Must see it.

Don't see it if No comments.

For a previous production
Delightful, Funny, Quirky, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if See it if you have some understanding of Spanish and if you want to see a story about discovering your roots.

Don't see it if If your not good in Spanish it is a story that can be followed better if you know Spanish.

For a previous production

See it if you appreciate the Puerto Rican customs of yesteryear!

Don't see it if Not interested in old time Puerto Rican customs

For a previous production
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if awesome

Don't see it if you do not like comical stories

March 7th, 1996
for a previous production “All the characters in ‘La Gringa’ have a strong streak of the ridiculous in them, and it is precisely that quality that makes them familiar and lovable...Rivera has captured the spirit of the Puerto Rican experience...The plot tatters and the story gets emotionally confused in the last 10 minute...
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