Dishwasher Dreams

Alladin Ullah describes growing up Bengladeshi in 1970s Spanish Harlem in Dishwasher Dreams, accompanied by Avirodh Sharma on tabla. Original photo by Nate Shorman.

By Andrew Andrews

Alladin Ullah’s story is the quintessential New York story.

A first-generation American, Alladin grew up in the tenements and projects of Spanish Harlem, in the only Bangladeshi family in the neighborhood.

His father was first to arrive, and, a bachelor at the time, found a job working fourteen-hour days, seven days a week at a local restaurant, alongside a young Bahamian named Sid Poitier who dreamed of one day becoming a famous actor.

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Andrew Andrews attended Dishwasher Dreams at All Stars Project Castillo Theatre in New York on Friday, November 16, 2018 @ 4:30pm to write this review.

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