Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Richard Jordan Productions LTD present A Q BROTHERS’ CHRISTMAS CAROL.
This is my unofficial review of this workshop production. The play is considered a work-in-progress. So, press have been asked not to critique it. Most probably the world premiere will be next year’s holiday season.
Off the record, I would describe it as excellent. The energetic crew of GQ, JQ, Jackson Doran and Postell Pringle twist the Dickens tale into a unique holiday spectacle. Jacob Marley is Jamaican. The ghosts are three different types of rappers. Tiny Tim is an adorable hypochondriac. It’s clever. It’s fun. It’s hilarious. Under the direction of the innovative Q Brothers, the traditional classic is remixed with hip hop style. The action is a fast-paced swirl as the ensemble morphs into various characters. While DJ Super Nova cranks the noise, Choreographer Anacron brings the funk. Anacron orchestrates some unforgettable high kick moves. This show is a holiday ball.
Officially, I’m recommending going to see A Q BROTHERS’ CHRISTMAS CAROL now and again when it premieres in 2014. If it extends this year, I’m going back for a second helping. It’s that fantastical!
Running Time: 75 minutes with no intermission
Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand
Based on the story by Charles Dickens
Written by GQ, JQ, Jackson Doran and Postell Pringle
Music by JQ
Directed by GQ and JQ
Developed with Rick Boynton
Tuesdays, Wednesday, Thursdays, Fridays at 7:30pm
Saturdays at 6pm and 8:30pm
Sundays at 3pm and 6pm
Thru December 22nd
Buy Tickets at www.chicagoshakes.com