Sunday, July 20, 2008

Funk it Up About Nothin' (Much Ado About Nothing)

Just wanted to post a note about guys doing rap Shakespeare. I saw their Hip-Hop Comedy of Errors in 2003, and I could not stop laughing. Except to listen to the d.j. spin while they rapped, and to enjoy hilarity ensue onstage. In the trailer, they channel the Beastie Boys classic "Paul Revere" to hilarious effect. I hope I'm able to catch this before it closes Aug. 3. $25, runs just 1:05, at Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier. (Where else?)

an "ad-rap-tation" of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing
created and directed by GQ and JQ

Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare
June 25 – August 3, 2008

From the minds and rhymes behind The Bomb-itty of Errors comes the world premiere of Funk It Up About Nothin’. The Q Brothers transform the Bard’s romantic comedy into an exuberant hip-hop extravaganza, rapped to the rhythm of six MCs and a DJ. See it on Navy Pier this summer, before Funk It Up heads to Scotland for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Recommended for mature audiences (contains adult language)

Approximate Running Time: 65 minutes (no intermission)

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–Time Out Chicago

"Downright irresistible!"

–Chicago Sun-Times

"Wildly energetic and likably clever!"


"A bawdy and fun remix!"

–Chicago Tribune

"A def, deftly imagined, exuberant bit of theater!"

–Daily Herald

Funk It Up About Nothin' is presented in The Carl and Marilynn Thoma Theater.

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