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Rap Guide to Climate Chaos

From 74 member  reviews
Members say: Intelligent, Clever, Thought-provoking, 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.

Member Reviews (74)


Intelligent, Clever, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Relevant
Avg Score

Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if You like topical shows. The rap is good, info is important. Not all stuff you've heard already. I did find myself looking at my watch a lot.

Don't see it if You don't like rap though that's not even a good excuse. His rhymes are clear and easy to understand... and their good...for a white guy LOL

Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

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.

Entertaining, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if you'd like to learn more about climate change in a very entertaining way by a solo performer's rapping enhanced with projections.

Don't see it if if you cannot tolerate rap beats and the fast talking it includes for 80 minutes or are not open to hearing both sides of the climate debate

Thought-provoking, Original, Great writing, Clever, The lecture in the middle of the show was unnecessary & threw off the rhythm of the show. i was set to score it as "great" until the lecture.

See it if You want to learn about climate change in a fun & unique way. You agree that climate change is real. You don't mind rap music.

Don't see it if You don't think climate change is real. You dislike rap music.

Thought-provoking, Slow, Relevant, Edgy, Serious topical issues presented in a new way

See it if You are interested in the effects of climate change, enjoy topical theater, appreciate clever writing that's well-performed. Too long, tho.

Don't see it if You can't stand rap, don't like social commentary or having your views challenged. I liked this, but subject (and show) left me in despair.

Clever, Edgy, Intelligent, Original, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy shows that make you think, a charismatic performer, and incredibly relevant subject matter. Schools should bring their students!

Don't see it if You don't like audience interaction, don't know anything about climate change, were expecting something funnier (despite the subject matter)

Thought-provoking, Masterful, Skilled, Challenging, Call to arms

See it if See it if appreciate skill of rap, want to think while you're entertained, want 2 B conscious, like answering back. participation

Don't see it if Irrationally dislike rap, Canadians, audio visuals, audience call outs, don't want 2 take up challenge of climate change

Ambitious, Edgy, Profound, Overwhelming

See it if you want to see evidence that climate change is real presented in a rap format w/ cool graphics. It's a lot to take in in one sitting.

Don't see it if you're not into rap and you don't want to see evidence of the lies that big business is telling us about what we're doing to the planet.

Intelligent, Relevant, Masterful, Great writing, Clever

See it if you want education in the history/current scientific data re climate change and possible solutions while being entertained by brilliant rap.

Don't see it if you don’t want facts or dissuasion from your climate change denial convictions, or don’t like rap by white Canadian man or solo show/no set.

Also This is one of a trilogy of rap talks by an educated, research diligen... Read more Read less

Clever, Great writing, Intelligent, Original, Thought-provoking

See it if Climate change explained through one man's exceptional, intelligent, electrifying rap performance. Thought provoking, dynamic and fantastic!

Don't see it if You're a climate change denier.

Entertaining, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if You are interested in climate change information presented in a refreshing and engaging manner. A clever interactive show.

Don't see it if You can't stand rap or are close-minded about the science of climate change. Brinkman does present both sides of the argument, though.

Also Bring all your climate change skeptic friends!

Intelligent, Original, Topical, Politically-charged

See it if you can deal with a complex issue presented in an atypical manner; are socially-conscious, lean left politically, care about ecology

Don't see it if you cannot tolerate "rap" even if is the means to make a point; you lean to the far right politically

Clever, Intelligent, Original, Entertaining, Absorbing

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, Clever, Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You believe climate change is not a hoax. Learned a lot of it just by hearing rap. He’s also very down to earth and greets after the show

Don't see it if You are anti climate change or pro trump

Clever, Entertaining, Great writing, Intelligent, Original

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.

Clever, Funny, Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent

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!)

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Must see

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.

Clever, Resonant, Relevant, Masterful, Great writing

See it if you like smart shows

Don't see it if you are closed minded or dislike one man shows

Ambitious, Tedious, Clever, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you like intelligent rap with a social message. It is more like a protest regarding your carbon footprint. Baba is clearly very smart.

Don't see it if you find listening to more than one rap about the same subject repetitive. You are not up on climate change, current politics or no 'story'

Overrated, Insipid, Excruciating, Banal

See it if You know the rapper and really love him; into monotonous rapping with no strong action/emotion; you enjoy scientific data piling up as lyric

Don't see it if when you sit too far from the exit and find it too embarrassing to escape.. intellectual lyricist, unfit form of art; too repetitive

Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant, Must see, 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.

Entertaining, Edgy, Great writing, Original, Relevant

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.

Absorbing, Relevant, Profound, Intelligent, 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.

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if A clever guide to what's going on with climate change delivered via (reasonably) dope rhymes.

Don't see it if He provides a lot of information but few solutions. Obviously, there are no pat answers, but it can be demoralizing to hear.

Intelligent, Masterful, Refreshing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you care about the environment and/or if you like intelligence with your entertainment.

Don't see it if you don't want to think

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March 7th, 2016
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 succ...
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March 2nd, 2016
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 '...
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February 27th, 2016
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 ...
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March 8th, 2016
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 fri...
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