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Rap Guide to Climate Chaos

Members say: Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Clever, Entertaining, Relevant
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Members
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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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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.

 

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Reviews (64)

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79
Avg Score

70
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

95
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

55
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

95
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

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TheaterScene.net

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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82
Avg Score

85
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.

80
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.

95
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.

76
Original, Clever, Thought-provoking, Great writing, 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.

80
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.

80
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.

75
Original, Intelligent, 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

88
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.

90
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.

85
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!)

75
Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you want to learn more about climate change or you want to take someone to be educated about climate change in an entertaining way.

Don't see it if you are a Republican who denies we are facing a problem and will explode at hearing a counter argument.

77
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.

74
Edgy, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Slow, 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.

79
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

70
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, 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

70
Original, Clever, Edgy, Intelligent, 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)

67
Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent, Relevant, Tedious

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'

89
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.

90
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

88
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

94
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

88
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.

90
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.

89
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.

77
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.