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Rap Guide to Climate Chaos

From 15 critic and 49 member reviews
Members say: Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Clever, Entertaining, Relevant

About the show

In his latest theatrical hip-hop manifesto, 'peer-reviewed rapper' Baba Brinkman breaks down the politics, economics, and science of global warming. More…

Climate chaos has arrived, and humanity is struggling to respond and adapt. A hit with delegates at the Paris Climate Conference and with critics at the Edinburgh Fringe, this unique hip-hop theater experience communicates the reality of climate change--from the carbon cycle to the global energy economy--for audiences of all ages and political persuasions.

The Skinny (UK)

for a previous production "We’re getting close to perfect with 'The Rap Guide to Climate Chaos.' Deftly-worded and far better-researched than the average piece of science journalism, Baba Brinkman takes science communication to a whole new level...This is for anyone who loves their sick rhymes as much as their wind turbines, for anyone who cares about the planet, and for anyone who just wants to see an artist at the absolute top of their game." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

for a previous production "If there is one word to describe the full impact of this production directed by Darren Lee Cole and Brinkman’s exceptional preparation for the genius of his performance, it is 'electrifying.'…Brinkman is a dynamo of energy himself, a fabulous rapping carbon life form…From beginning to end, this must see production, is mesmerizing. I will probably see it again to solidify for myself the incredible amount of information Brinkman presents seamlessly with wit, irony and fun." Full Review

Front Row Center

for a previous production "This is not preachy; this is theatre – funny, surprising, and smart...This is not an Al Gore climate talk, this is cool climate rap delivered to you by Baba, the epitome of cool nerd...How lucky we are to live in a city that brings artists like Baba Brinkmann to perform and inform. So take a friend who is a skeptic, one who’s not, several who care and several who don’t. Take as many as you can...be prepared for 80 minutes of the concert, the theatre, the church, the uproar." Full Review

Arts Award Voice

for a previous production "Splitting up each piece with images and other on screen visual aids, Brinkman is on it right from the word go. He impressively raps throughout the show, keeping his rhymes on point...'Rap guide to Climate Chaos' encompasses many themes too many are afraid to discuss, a must see for any hip-hop fan, science geek, or multi-genre fanatic." Full Review

British Theatre Guide

for a previous production "Beyond the well-researched and structured script, there is also a freestyle rapping element, where three topics thrown in by audience members are incorporated into a rap. The performer’s energy is remarkable, as he barely stops to draw breath through a full hour of hand-waggling, high-octane performance that will make viewers think about what they can do to help slow down global warming at the same time as mourning the callousness of greedy politicians and voters." Full Review


for a previous production “’Rap Guide to Climate Change’ is a highly enjoyable theatrical experience which lies well beyond the normal conventions of the theater. Lying somewhere between a play, musical, and a documentary, Baba Brinkman’s latest is a fun, thought-provoking, and highly original performance piece which successfully delivers an important message in an approachable and entertaining way.” Full Review

The Edinburgh Reporter

for a previous production "The show is still embryonic, with flux capacity for evolution in which the audience can participate. Epilogue – the climate is changing in more ways than one and we each can play our part. This show could change your life – an absolute Fringe must see." Full Review

The Stage (UK)

for a previous production "It is an intelligent, info-rich show. Brinkman fires data and statistics at his audience in lyrical waves...As a performer he is fluid, self-aware, passionate and engaging. He is also very funny, and while some of the things he discusses are rightfully alarming, there is a lot of wit in his writing too – he leaves his audience with much to think about." Full Review

The Times (UK)

for a previous production "One of the virtues of this smart, funny, well-sustained show from Baba Brinkman — whose earlier shows had him lay down rhymes about evolution, religion and Geoffrey Chaucer — is that he knows just how naff his approach could be. So he spends his first few minutes boomingly addressing our fears, celebrating his show's simultaneous urgency and absurdity." Full Review

The Scotsman

for a previous production "While it’s a formidably well-researched piece, at times audience participation is used to trick us into supporting something before we’ve had time to properly consider it in a way that feels condescending...Using rap to make highly complex subject matter feel accessible, Baba also offers tangible ways of tackling climate change that is impressive." Full Review

New York Theater

for a previous production “Baba Brinkman’s solo 'Rap Guide' shows are an often dazzling mix of smart, informative, inventive and witty...There are 24 raps in all, according to the program, and, as wonderful and/or well-meaning as each is, this winds up being too much to absorb at one sitting…I have faith that Brinkman will do what he can to improve his show, preferably using the same basic principle behind efforts to stem climate-damaging emissions — less is better." Full Review

Show Me Shows

for a previous production "It’s dense, it’s lively, it’s passionate, it’s interesting. But did I like it? Well, yes and no. Mr. Brinkman’s energy kept me intrigued throughout, but 'The Rap Guide to Climate Chaos' is more lecture than theater. It would be a great way to teach kids about climate change, but it does feel a little bit like homework at times... 'A Rap Guide to Climate Chaos' is compelling, though not exactly memorable. But does it need to be? It certainly has me reengaged with the topic." Full Review

Mumble Comedy

for a previous production "This may seem a little harsh but I couldn’t help thinking throughout the show that if Baba had concentrated less on making his rhymes and content so intelligent and dense and a little more on making it accessible it may have had a more positive effect...However one cannot argue with the worthiness of the cause and the originality of taking on such topics in this particular medium." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

for a previous production "'Climate Chaos' is an extensive, sometimes draining, survey of climate change science in a way you may have never seen before. Baba Brinkman is a terrific performer...After a while though, you start to feel like that this all a bit relentless. The projections feel like a live-action version of 'An Inconvenient Truth' and your saturation level for quickly-spewed facts is full. This could really be a series of well-produced YouTube clips that here makes up a sometimes exhausting evening." Full Review

Exeunt Magazine

for a previous production "The result is a disorienting self-reflexivity, a mirror aimed at another mirror: a show about the guy who wrote the show, performing the show he wrote. This is confusing, yes, but what it comes down to is a lack of stakes. Climate change is tense, threatening, dramatic; an explanation of climate change is not." Full Review

Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You can follow rapid repartee (rap) that is super intelligent, thoughtful and current.

Don't see it if You refuse to u/s the dangers of climate change.

Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Relevant

See it if you care about the environment, and you appreciate intelligent rap

Don't see it if you do not like rap, or if you don;t care about climate control...which you should

Absorbing, Clever, Must see, Entertaining

See it if You want to be entertained into a much deeper knowledge about climate change. I learned a lot and loved it. And the rapping was great!

Don't see it if You have a closed mind about climate change being fake. Because you need a psychiatrist not a show.

Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Must see, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you acknowledge, deny or are ambivalent about climate change. As an atmospheric chemist, I absolutely loved the way Baba conveyed facts.

Don't see it if audience participation makes you feel uncomfortable. (It is minimal, optional, and useful to keep everyone engaged.)

Absorbing, Dizzying, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if If you enjoy fast-paced rap rhymes as a way of communicating lots of info clearly (think Hamilton")'and solid info about climate change.

Don't see it if Your mind is closed/inflexible on the concepts of climate change, it's effects, and solutions OR if you can't stand rap by a Canadian enviro

Original, Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Profound

See it if you enjoy one man shows that are clever, funny and informative.

Don't see it if you are a conservative Republican who believes that fracking, coal top mining, the increase of fossil fuel use and drilling for oil is cool.

Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent

See it if You love science, rap, or comedy, or just want to watch a really entertaining guy who knows all three teach, entertain, and make you laugh.

Don't see it if You think climate change is a hoax

Funny, Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if If you are into rap music, intellectual subject matter, and an all around good time.

Don't see it if If rap is not your thing. Or are voting for donald trump.

Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you want to be challenged and educated, you (don't) care for the earth and any topics related to climate change

Don't see it if you don't like rap, you enjoy the stagecraft of theatre as this only featured video work and not much else

Intelligent, Must see, Relevant, Great writing, Fun & smart

See it if you enjoy facts being disseminated through rap & want to go through a journey of the history of rap styles, combined with climate change.

Don't see it if you don't believe in climate change, don't enjoy rapping, or want a proper play. There is a linear discussion, but definitely not narrative.

Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Must see, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You care about climate change and would enjoy hearing science history in rap. Great for students. Bring a climate change denyer.

Don't see it if You think Trump would be a great President and you don't like rap.

Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you care about the planet. And if you want to be enlightened in a wholly original and entertaining way.

Don't see it if you aren't open-minded.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant, Great writing

See it if Seeing a fellow rapping a science lecture on climate change, is something you want to catch. Highly meaningful, intelligent & inspiring.

Don't see it if You're looking for a play. This is basically a lecture on the history and present day options to deal w/climate change. He often has guests.

Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if You like something that is a cross between theatre and education. You are willing to be challenged enjoy unique theatre.

Don't see it if If you don't like rap. Don't believe in climate change or only enjoy fluff

Original, Absorbing, Masterful, Profound, Relevant

See it if you want to think not just be entertained. Baba is, dare I say, a genius. Clever, intelligent rap that actually changes lives.

Don't see it if you want mindless entertainment. Minds required here.

Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you are curious about the science behind global warming (climate change). You like rap &/or science. Very clever raps!

Don't see it if you don't like science. You don't like to think. You don't believe climate change is real, though maybe you're the best audience for this.

Original, Clever, Intelligent, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you want to see an intellectual one man show, who is rapping about climate change. The subject is much more entertaining in this format.

Don't see it if you don't like rap and you are not interested in the climate change issues.

Funny, Clever, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you don't think a white guy can rap. This isn't just a "novelty" it's a smart artistic insightful one man show by an authority.

Don't see it if you're a climate change denying republican. (But take one or two along with you!)

Funny, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if For an entertaining and informative evening

Don't see it if You don't' like rap or discussion social issues

Original, Clever, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if you are interested in political theatre and clever one-person shows and are prepared for some amount of audience participation.

Don't see it if you have difficulty following very quick talking and prefer more "traditional" theatre with a plot and characters.

Original, Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you're intrigued by the idea of a <justifiably biased> lecture on the issues surrounding global warning, done entirely in rap.

Don't see it if you'd be turned off by real, non-rapping political activists invited onto the stage to address the audience partway through the performance.

Ambitious, Edgy, Intelligent, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You'd like to hear a refreshing take on the climate debate from someone other than a stuff shirt denier, or a rabid eco-protesting wacko!

Don't see it if You're too tired to hear anymore about the climate debate even if you agree that it's definitely happening and needs to stop.

Original, Clever, Intelligent

See it if you like rap, one man shows, socially conscious topics (like climate change), original theatre (or in this case like performance art )

Don't see it if you don't like rap, 1 man shows , or socially sensitive topics like climate change); show w/ 20+ rap songs on climate change can be tedious

Funny, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You like rap music and rap culture and are interested in the science of climate change - or either.

Don't see it if Neither rap music nor climate change holds any interest.

Original, Edgy, Relevant, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You like well-constructed solo performances out to change the world. Even if you don't "like" rap. Strong presentation, very interesting!

Don't see it if You want a more traditional linear play. You avoid political theatre. You don't like your views being challenged.

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