A Q Brothers' Christmas Carol | Chicago Shakespeare Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

A Q Brothers' Christmas Carol Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 31 2014

In this contemporary urban retelling of Dickens's 1843 novella, the impoverished Cratchits are such ignorant ghetto stereotypes they put their kid's finger in a socket when they need an extension cord. Their domestic scenes are appallingly offensive and, like most everything else in this unrelenting, audacious, strategically self-deprecating piece, more in keeping with Dickens's grotesque original than any "traditional" adaptation I've ever seen. Local theatrical hip-hop darlings GQ and JQ pack this 80-minute show—performed entirely in rhyming couplets—with sly music history (the Ghost of Christmas Past is a Sugar Hill Gang/Run DMC reject) and even slier social commentary (the Ghost of Christmas Future, embodying pure terror, is a ringer for Trayvon Martin). Except for the stylistically impenetrable opening, the show is bracingly insightful. —Justin Hayford

Price: $30-$48

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