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  A Q Brothers' Christmas Carol at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

A Q Brothers' Christmas Carol

Chicago Shakespeare Theater
800 East Grand Avenue Chicago

A hip-hop holiday treat set to a bangin' beat! CST and Chicago hip-hop sensation the Q Brothers-creators of Othello: The Remix and Funk It Up About Nothin'-have toured around the world, playing to sold-out houses in Edinburgh, Germany, South Korea, Australia and London. Now the team turns up the volume on Charles Dickens' classic tale, mixing everything from reggae, dancehall and dubstep to epic rock ballads. The Ghosts of Hip-hop Past, Present and Future lead Scrooge on a journey filled with rhythm, rhyme and redemption.

Thru - Dec 23, 2019

Stage: The Yard

Show Type: Performance Art

Box Office: 312-595-5600

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Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...The show uses a dizzying mix of music, including hip-hop, dancehall, pop, and reggae (the latter for—wait for it—Marley's ghost), literary references, physical humor (JQ's crutch-dancing as Tiny Tim is a highlight) and chameleonlike transitions for the actors (GQ is the only one not playing multiple roles). Though I found myself wondering what it would be like if a woman's voice was added to the mix (especially since the loss of Scrooge's sister is what clearly soured his soul to begin with), this show hits the sweet spot for families grown tired of the traditional takes but still looking for a version true to the spirit(s) of the original."
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Kerry Reid

Around The Town Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...There are days that we need a "good laugh". As we live through our days, often the plate that has been dished out to us is filled with serious "stuff". Business may be off! You may have health problems! What you hear about our political world may be disarming! We need to laugh! Well, if you want 80 minutes of pure fun, the "A Q Brothers Christmas carol", now on the stage of Chicago Shakespeare's "YARD" theater at navy Pier. This is not your typical Dickens tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his re-birth to enjoying life and in particular, Christmas", but is instead a hip-hop "Ad-rap-tation" of the story handled by four incredible and highly energetic men."
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Alan Bresloff

Chicago Theatre Review - Highly Recommended

"...This is an enterprising, energetic production that delivers brilliant, clever wordplay, refreshing new musical numbers and exuberant dance breaks. With its captivating performances, abundance of energy and creativity and a unique chemistry with the audience, every performance is special. If theatergoers aren't thrilled by this exciting, enjoyable production, as Scrooge would say, "You can Chris-my-ass-miss!""
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Colin Douglas

Third Coast Review - Highly Recommended

"...The elements of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic are all there, sometimes in surprising form. There’s a Rastafarian Jacob Marley, for instance, played by JQ. And two Jewish holiday celebrants appear to explain another holiday to the miserly Scrooge. JQ and Jax (Jackson Doran), in white kippahs, decide at one point they will just “get some Chinese food and go see a movie.” There’s a funny bit about what color Jesus was too—brown or black? And several portmanteau jokes."
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Nancy Bishop

Picture This Post - Recommended

"...Q Brothers Christmas Carol is a funny and refreshing twist on an old classic. At times, perhaps the show puts a toe (or a crutch) over the line into what some might find rude or offensive, but it is never short on energy or heart. Chicago Shakes regulars, Dickens enthusiasts, and hardcore fans of hip hop, R&B, reggae, and rap will all have much to enjoy, and may just find a new holiday tradition."
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Harold Jaffe

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