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A Q Brothers’ Christmas Carol

November 30

December 22, 2013

Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare

A hip-hop adaptation of Charles Dickens’
A Christmas Carol written by
GQ, JQ, Jackson Doran and Postell Pringle
developed with Rick Boynton

Past Critical Acclaim


Their writing here is superb: sardonic, wise, smart, funny and, of course, mostly in rhyming couplets…these fascinating Chicago brothers are writing about themselves, their role in culture, their identity as artists, their co-options and creations.


The Q Brothers’ words and rhythms are pulsing, intelligent, honest, infectious and intensely absorbing. You get so lost in this world and its extreme-though-believable characters. The joyous cheers with which the audience responds to the feisty and abundantly clever wordplay is probably rather akin to an Elizabethan audience’s response to Shakespeare’s own verbiage. 


It is so impressive to see young artists pursue their dream, work hard and are fortunate enough to receive the recognition and acclaim that they deserve. Ultimately, it is equally gratifying to have it grow into a huge success. Aside from their unique talent and international success, they are fortunate to have the support of the Chicago Shakespeare Theater community and supporters.


Downright irresistible...its cast is so physically and verbally agile, and so savvy in their ability to adapt to a whole new meter and method, that it’s a pleasure just to watch them mix it up with such complete brilliance.


Irresistibly irreverent... crisp storytelling, wit and endearing performances!


Postell Pringle, Jackson Doran, GQ and JQ... are all spectacular in dominating the dense rap language, their motors running from first moment to final blackout.


The quartet shows a charisma that almost makes one breathless—the entire performance is a real gem.

 

 

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