Already closed | 1h 30m | Midtown W

Where Did We Sit on the Bus

From 18 member  reviews
Members say: Relevant, Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Clever

About the show

Ensemble Studio Theatre and The Radio Drama Network present Brian Quijada's autobiographical solo show about what it means to be Latino through the eyes of a child, turned teenager, turned adult. More…

'Where Did We Sit on the Bus' is an electric one-man show pulsing with Latin rhythms, rap, hip-hop, spoken word, and live looping. During a third grade lesson on the Civil Rights movement and Rosa Parks, a Latino boy raises his hand to ask, “Where did we sit on the bus?” and his teacher can't answer the question. That moment sparks a life-long exploration of identity.

1h 30m | Already closed | Ensemble Studio Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (18)

MEMBERS SAY:

Relevant, Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Clever
85
Avg Score

75
Engaging, Inventive, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you're interested in an autobiographical show about a charming and talented guy trying to make sense of his personal artistic journey.

Don't see it if you're expecting a really incisive look at race in America and where Latinos fit into the discussion.

75
Great acting, Funny, Relevant, Disappointing

See it if Not bothered by solo shows; terrifically talented Quijada constantly engages our emotions but misses many thoughtful analyses

Don't see it if Expecting an overt political statement; have problems with autobiographical and at times sentimental material

82
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Relevant, Funny

See it if you like one person shows, loud hip hop music and a deeply personal story about growing up Latino in a culture in which you felt different

Don't see it if Personal stories don't entertain you, you expect more drama and travail in a one person play, cultural differences don't interest you

Also Brian Quijada is quite charming, energetic whose passion and commitmen... Read more Read less

85
Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Must see

See it if you're ok w/one-man shows. B Quijada is amazing. Non-stop monologue singing dancing rapping. We were drained (happily), & we wanted more!

Don't see it if the NYC latino experience is of zero interest to you. The show MUST come back & deserves a larger house. NO INTERMISSION, but I got over it.

89
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if / Quijada is charming as all get-out; this coming-of-age and identity play ultimately about immigration and hope is extremely satisfying.

Don't see it if you don't like solo shows, or might be in the mood for something flashy and "big."

82
Masterful, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Great singing/dancing/acting/looping

See it if you're a fan of expertly executed autobiographical shows; if you want to see a major rising talent; if you're interested in latinx drama

Don't see it if you can't with solo shows, no matter how charismatic, compelling, relevant and beautifully executed

85
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Original, Entertaining, Great music & dance

See it if In a dazzling one-man show, young multi-talented Brian Quijada comes to terms with the multi-cultural forces that forged his identity.

Don't see it if ... you like diatribes against the status quo. This is about discovering possibility in America's volatile cultural cross-currents.

64
Musical

See it if you like spoken word stories.

Don't see it if you don't like one man shows about middle class people.

96
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Original

See it if you are capable of opening your mind to a new kind of performance style. Beautifully executed storytelling!

Don't see it if you do not enjoy storytelling or autobiographical pieces. But if you don't - you are missing out.

88
Clever, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy theater that makes you think...you love when experimental theater goes right.

Don't see it if you need more than one person on stage to understand a story...yeah that's about it. It's amazing!

100
Absorbing, Funny, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Profound

See it if You are interested in hearing a man's struggle about who both he and his family are, and the concept of America and the "American Dream".

Don't see it if You rather remain ignorant about the unequality and racism in this country.

85
Great acting, Funny, Relevant

See it if you enjoy solo shows that are well performed and you enjoy hip-hop theatre. This is well crafted and highlights this actor's skills!!

Don't see it if You are expecting a deep dive into Latinx challenges within the current social construct. This is piece focuses on the personal narrative.

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Exquisite

See it if You love creative and explorative work that has multiple levels for entry. A Social Justice work of genius.

Don't see it if you want old school empty work.

During previews
89
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in unique one-person autobiographical shows utilizing music, dance, poetry, and excellent staging; a from-the-heart piece

Don't see it if you aren't interested in racial inequality, interesting musical sounds, or a charming Latino performer whose life story will make you smile.

Also This young man is going even more places than he has already been in t... Read more Read less

During previews
88
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Original

See it if You appreciate an original talent. The use of bluetooth electronics to create the soundtrack right there is amazing. Personal story telling.

Don't see it if You don't appreciate personal stories of performers.

During previews
70
Relevant, Intelligent, Biographical, Well acted, One-man show

See it if you still believe the Statue of Liberty speaks to the world on behalf of the U.S.

Don't see it if you don't like a one-man show.

During previews
95
Ambitious, Great singing, Entertaining, Great staging, Original

See it if you want to see a star in the making. Quijada brilliantly bares his soul and delivers a masterful spoken word performance in one man show.

Don't see it if you are expecting an ensemble performance.

During previews
100
Clever, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great writing, Original

See it if You love seeing new works. This show is very inspiring. If you like Hamilton and Lin Manuel then this is the show for you.

Don't see it if You don't like new theatre or rap music and spoken word.


September 20th, 2016
"Engaging and obliging...Though the show begins as an exploration of his place as a kid of 'brown persuasion/a product of U.S.-bound migration,' it morphs into Mr. Quijada’s efforts to sell his folks on a career in the arts...Mr. Quijada seems half desperate to please his audience. His face, an a...
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September 20th, 2016
"It's clear that the young Quijada is something special. He's just playing it too safe...Aside from the title query, the performer eschews uncomfortable questions...These subjects come up...But they're not explored in any depth. Quijada quickly moves on to the next beat, not wanting to ruin the r...
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September 19th, 2016
"While issues of race and identity run throughout the play, they are only a small part of a muddled whole. Quijada clearly has an expansive range of interests (dance, music, ethnicity, family), but none of them quite feel like the crux of the show. Luckily, Quijada compensates for this lack of fo...
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September 29th, 2016
"What starts out to be a breezily amusing, if derivative, evening quickly acquires a distinctive voice of its own, as Quijada -an appealing presence with crack comic timing- skillfully mines his early years for laughs...Under the direction of Chay Yew, human talent and modern technology combine t...
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