Rap Guide to Climate Chaos
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Rap Guide to Climate Chaos
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Rap Guide to Climate Chaos NYC Reviews and Tickets

83%
(74 Reviews)
Positive
93%
Mixed
4%
Negative
3%
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.

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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

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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.

Critic Reviews (16)

TheaterScene.net
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 successfully delivers an important message in an approachable and entertaining way.”
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Theatre is Easy
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 '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."
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Theater Pizzazz
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 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."
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Front Row Center
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 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."
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Exeunt Magazine
March 8th, 2016
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."
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New York Theater
March 4th, 2016
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."
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The Times (UK)
August 27th, 2015
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."
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The Stage (UK)
August 18th, 2015
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."
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British Theatre Guide
August 7th, 2015
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."
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Show Me Shows
March 6th, 2016
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."
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T
August 7th, 2015
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."
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T
August 24th, 2015
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."
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T
August 18th, 2015
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."
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Arts Award Voice
August 8th, 2015
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."
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Mumble Comedy
August 9th, 2015
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."
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A
April 17th, 2019
For a previous production

“Brinkman’s rap virtuosity energizes and drives the show...The two qualities that make Brinkman’s show work so well are...his deep, encyclopedic knowledge...and his ability to put information into rap, making it feel current, urgent, vital...While the rap is what dazzles us, it’s his scientific knowledge and dedication to the earth that are most moving...By contextualizing climate change within the history of activism, he makes change seem achievable.”
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