Saturday, October 11, 2014


A Q Brothers' Christmas Carol

a hip-hop adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol 

written by GQ, JQ, Jackson Doran and Postell Pringle 

developed with Rick Boynton 

Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare 

November 19 – December 28, 2014 

My son, Dugan, and I had the great pleasure of catching this production last year, when they were still workshopping it and we LOVED it! If you like your holiday musicals filled with scorpions and worms, multiple mysterious diseases, Jamaican Rasta Marley, kickin' tunes, and laugh out loud hilarity... this is SO the show for you!

I know Autumn Equinox has barely happened and Halloween is still a ghost of future coming. It's too early to think about holiday theatre, right? Wrong. This is one of our ultra favorite, top picks here at ChiIL Live Shows and ChiIL Mama. Get your tickets now before the word spreads. It's in the small theatre at Chicago Shakespeare after all. The Q Brothers are geniuses of the rhyming word who will entrance and amuse all ages.

Even if you don't consider yourself a fan of the Hip-Hop genre or if you love Hip-Hop and aren't so crazy about theatre... or holiday classics, or whatever, GO already! Before fall even hit, my 13 year old was eagerly asking if this show was returning and practically begging to go.

Do note, there is some language i.e.: "Merry Chris My Ass Mas" instead of Bah Humbug, so it may be inappropriate for young parrots, that might mortify you with quips like that at the family holiday dinner table. And like the more traditional versions of A Christmas Carol, some of it is a bit grim reaper scary. But we loved it and plan to take both our tween & teen this year.

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. 


Weekday Performances
November 25; December 2, 9, 16, 23 at 7:30 p.m.

November 19, 26; December 3, 10, 17 at 7:30 p.m.

November 20; December 4, 11, 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Weekend Performances

November 21, 28; December 5, 12, 19, 26 at 7:30 p.m.
November 22, 29; December 13, 20, 27 at 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
November 30; December 14, 21, 28 at  3:00 p.m.
December 7 at 4:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Tickets $30–$48

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