Urban Nuyorican Comedy Takes Off Broadway By Storm.

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The hit Off Broadway play that BACK STAGE calls, "Pulsating, Zesty and Beautifully Calibrated", "Growing Up Gonzales" has been upgraded to an open ended run.

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"Growing Up Gonzales" by Felix Rojas, performed by Andres "Chulisi" Rodriguez.

Original run January 26 to February 25, 2012, NOW AN OPEN ENDED RUN.
Jan Hus Playhouse, 351 E. 74th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues.
Presented by Reel Players Entertainment and Toptia Productions.
Please list: OFF BROADWAY
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
Tickets $32.50 general admission, $27.50 students and seniors
Box office:866-811-4111, http://www.growingupgonzales.com

Tickets and website: http://www.growingupgonzales.com

Running time: 1:45. Critics are invited.

"Growing Up Gonzales" written and directed by Felix Rojas, produced by Felix Rojas and Linda Garcia and performed by Andres "Chulisi" Rodriguez, has been upgraded to an open ended run at the Jan Hus Playhouse, 351 E 74th Street. Felix Rojas' writing has been called "Pulsating, Zesty, Wonderfully Rich" -Back Stage, while Andres "Chulisi" Rodriguez gives a tour de force performance that "Will keep you pinned to your seats" -Daily News. The play is a bittersweet comedy of two brothers growing up in the Puerto Rican section of the Bronx, whose coming of age is marked by the untimely death of their father. Andres plays both parts. "The premise of "Growing Up Gonzales" has a lot in common with many other autobiographical solo shows: a neighborhood full of colorful characters, an affectionate, seriocomic look back at childhood, a search for balance between the protagonist's personal identity and ethnic heritage. Thanks to a remarkable confluence of talent, though, Gonzales does much more than just fulfill the requirements of the genre"-Show Business Weekly.

When Johnny finds the memoirs of his reclusive and recently deceased brother Cisco while cleaning out Cisco's apartment he is transported back to a time of innocence. Johnny's portrayal of his younger brother is hysterical, ironic and poignant. "Part stand-up, part melodrama and part cultural tourism...highlights include an uncle's funeral, during which a few aunts pounce upon the fishnet-clad mistress of the newly deceased. Ruminations on a visit to the motherland, Bruce Lee and the bootylicious Iris Chacon (eat your heart out J.Lo) are equally warm and funny." New York Times.

The Jan Hus Playhouse has been home to the Manhattan Light Opera Company and The Chicago City Limits Players. The stage has been graced by great performances by Barbra Streisand, Jerry Seinfeld, Robin Williams and many more, today it is the home of "Growing Up Gonzales". "This has been the most successful show that the Playhouse has seen in many years. The crowds and audience response has been incredible" Frank Rocco - Jun Hus Playhouse Manager.

For press reservations and information: 914-299-3020

CAPTIONED, HIGH RESOLUTION PHOTOS of this show are available at: http://picasaweb.google.com/jslaff/jsnyc

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