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Othello: The Remix

From 92 member  reviews
Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing, Great acting

About the show

John Leguizamo presents The Q Brothers’ reinvention of Shakespeare's tragedy as a hip-hop musical. From the company behind the Off-Broadway hit 'Bomb-itty of Errors.' More…

'Othello' is spun out and lyrically rewritten over original beats in this high-energy spin on Shakespeare’s play, proving that the Bard himself was the original master of rhythm and rhyme. Commissioned by Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London and Chicago Shakespeare Theater, The Q Brothers’ add-RAP-tation won Best Lyrics and Best New Musical at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.


Member Reviews (92)

MEMBERS SAY:

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing, Great acting
84
Avg Score

75
Funny, Clever, Original, Well performed, Loud

See it if you like imaginative updates of WS. Key elements of Othello kept. Well staged, well sung. A lively, fun evening. Even a bit of emotion.

Don't see it if you hate rap. This is loud and some lyrics get lost. Mostly, though, you'll enjoy. You may even want to re-visit the remix.

73
Funny, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you go into it prepared for a comedy. Funny, creative and clever while staying within the recognizable story. Some great comedic performers

Don't see it if you want a classic Othello. This is spoofy but creative. You don't care for (light) rap. You'd like a few more quotes from the original.

72
Clever, Entertaining, Fun

See it if You enjoy modern retelling of classic plays. The performers are chameleons playing multiple characters easily- very funny! Lyrics are great

Don't see it if You are a Shakespeare purists and are expecting to hear traditional Elizabethan language.

85
Clever, Intense, Funny, Edgy, Refreshing

See it if Hip hip comedic remake of Othello with brilliant lyrics, music and staging. Played by 4 men (who do all the female roles) and a DJ. Unique

Don't see it if You don't like hip hop.

87
Ambitious, Clever, Funny, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if things that rhyme are a good time this show will be sublime. The rap’s progressive but not aggressive the words are as clear as Shakespeare

Don't see it if an hour and a half of rhyme will cause your decline. The guys are talented and fun but all that rhythm might make you want to run.

72
Great acting

See it if High-energy actors who can sing, dance and change into different costumes like wigs.

Don't see it if Confusing to follow the plot but I was just enjoying the songs. 1 hour 23 minutes.

85
Ingenious, Great writing, More topical references than wikipedia, Inexhaustable energy cascades from stage, Character work is brilliant

See it if you want an adaptation of Shakespeare that showcases writing & acting talents of truly gifted writer/performers & boundless energy & humor

Don't see it if high energy, non-stop hip-hop rap etc. makes you nervous, or if you're a Shakespeare purist where adaptations need not apply

80
Not much tragedy, but bright loud energetic action that wore a little thin at the end

See it if you want Othello in cliff notes. Very energetic, good humored, sort of loses steam. I lost focus 60min in bc I knew most of the tricks.

Don't see it if You dont like intensive bass. You dont like flashing lights, you want: full production values, to savor Shakespeare's text, tragedy.

Also I think it is worth seeing at the off broadway price point. It really ... Read more Read less

57
Clever

See it if Go see the show if you enjoy Hip Hop , rap music. The story told in a completely updated musical.

Don't see it if If you do not like loud hip-hop, rap music, or a purist about Shakespeare's plays.

85
Clever, Entertaining, Refreshing, Masterful, Must see

See it if you want to hear what make good rap very good. It helps if you know Shakespeare's Othello. Very clever show.

Don't see it if rap is not for you BUT over half of the audience were mature adults who loved it.

95
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Must see

See it if Loved this version of Othello. If you want fresh, funny, fast moving ...head on over!!

Don't see it if If you like classic takes on Shakespeare.

90
Entertaining, Hilarious, Must see, Refreshing, Great acting

See it if A show done in a way never done before by a talented, versatile cast who rap, sing and dance. Awesome retelling of a classic.

Don't see it if You detest any type of rap, or will only see Othello as presented by countless others.

70
Clever, Entertaining, Too glib, Minimal staging, Some nice beats

See it if You want to see an audience friendly, hip hop infused rough adaptation of Othello.

Don't see it if You are looking to experience the poetry of Shakespeare's words.

93
Riveting, Relevant, Must see, Entertaining, Edgy

See it if you enjoy new interpretations of classic works through music. A brilliant way at looking at Othello in a contemporary way.

Don't see it if you hate rap music

87
Clever, Funny, Great writing, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if you would like to see a well-known classic in a new and interesting light, the magic of hip-hop

Don't see it if if you are a snob, hate hip-hop or don't like plays that cross genres

Also Othello the Remix is an interesting take on Shakespeare using the lyri... Read more Read less

80
Clever, Ambitious, Absorbing, Uneven, Funny

See it if Interested in a clever entertaining telling of the story. Some numbers and portions outstanding -particularly the actor portraying Iago.

Don't see it if Do not like hip hop

Also While portions were very funny and well done, others were just silly. ... Read more Read less

86
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

See it if you like Shakespeare, Othello, hip hop musicals.

Don't see it if you only like traditional, period Shakespeare.

77
Original, Hilarious, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you enjoy clever rhymes and over-the-top comical characterizations -- this is Othello as hiphop farce, not Shakespearean tragedy.

Don't see it if you want a varied musical score or a traditional take on Shakespeare.

88
Clever, Absorbing, Funny, Entertaining, Great writing

See it if These guys can rock! Excellent spirit of the play-& funny. Quick paced rapping keeps it moving. Story is fly rapper-not moor-but holds well~

Don't see it if If ur looking for a faithful-to-the-story upon which it's based, rap version, ull be disappointed. Obviously if raps not your thing, avoid~

95
Great acting, Great singing, Edgy, Relevant

See it if saw Othello just for who was in the cast. saw the remix because of John Leguizamo. first time I enjoyed and totally understood Othello

Don't see it if if u are not into rap

90
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you want to see Shakespeare in a way that you would never expect. Original, funny and moving. Definitely a great intro for kids.

Don't see it if you absolutely hate hip hop and are a Shakespeare purist.

50
Banal, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if your idea of hip-hop is Vanilla Ice.

Don't see it if ...you are looking for an insightful contemporary take on a classic or think rap should have political resonance.

79
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you like a very clever show with good performances and some good laughes..very charming...actors are talented playing different roles.

Don't see it if you don't like contemporary music and some "Rap" like numbers.

92
Clever, Dizzying, Great writing, Hilarious, Refreshing

See it if Rap has never been put to such great use! Clever rhymes, powerful beats, great comedy, fun choreography, dramatic staging. Pure fun!

Don't see it if You have never been able to catch the lyrics in swiftly-delivered rap - this show is fast-paced and it's on you to "keep up"!

Also Long before Hamilton, this team (the Q brothers, writers and actors) w... Read more Read less

98
Great acting, Great singing, Hilarious, Must see

See it if You want to see a very funny hip-hop version of Othello with great acting, dancing, rapping,with great music, that was so enjoyable

Don't see it if You don't like rapping,but even then it's still a great show for anyone


November 16th, 2016
"Clever and exuberantly performed...The music pulses with life, and the cascading rhymes of the lyrics are often inspired. My only qualm is that the rhythms vary so rarely that a certain monotony sets in…Still, diversions keep coming, even when the tragedy reaches its climax…'Othello: The Remix' ...
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November 16th, 2016
"The Q Brothers have transformed the bloody tragedy into a rip-roaring, rapped one-act rich with dizzying rhymes...The quartet plays all the characters, tackling quick changes as deftly as tongue-twisting text against DJ Supernova’s slick beats. Yet only Pringle attempts to find the gravitas in t...
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December 12th, 2016
"You might think that the technique applied to those Shakespearian comedies—full of clever updates and snarky rhymes—would underserve a great tragedy, but somehow it doesn’t; though full of laughs, this 'Othello' finds sufficient resonance in its new setting to merit the effort...Of course, this ...
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November 21st, 2016
"They lean into the comedic side of the tragedy throughout the show, and everyone looks like they’re having a blast. Their jubilation is infectious...Though some of the jokes are repetitive or go on a bit too long, the play’s quick run time keeps this from becoming a real issue. What’s slightly m...
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