After a successful run at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Baba Brinkman brings his latest hip-hop comedy to the SoHo Playhouse. In it, he shines a light on free will, brain cells, and the science of consciousness. More…
"A novel blend of seemingly disparate elements in the arts, philosophy, and science, which holds widespread appeal for audiences of all interests and backgrounds who value talent, intelligence, and creativity. By my calculations, that should be pretty much everyone. Directed by Darren Lee Cole with a perfect balance of high physical energy and spot-on delivery...An ingenious look at the hard problem, filled with information and wit, and set to a sensational hip-hop score." Full Review
"Baba is a middle-class white Canadian rapper...and he is brilliant. He's so incredibly likable and, more importantly, extremely gifted at rhyming. You'll learn about science via 'Rap Guide to Consciousness' the same effortless way you learn about history via 'Hamilton'...An epic freestyle at the end is worth the price of admission alone, but the 80 minutes leading up to that are also very awesome." Full Review
"Brinkman is the nasty neuropsychology guru you wish you'd studied with in college, teaching you more with a rap than you'd ever learn in a textbook...As intellectually stimulating as a rapped TED Talk...The content and theories presented do, in themselves, make 'Rap Guide' worth seeing; however, the artistry of the show also deserves to be highlighted...A delight for the intellectual...A delight for the rap junkie...A delight for stoners and for STEM fielders." Full Review
for a previous production "Part stand up gig, part lecture and part rap concert...An utterly charming and seemingly semi-autobiographical show and a sure-fire hit...Baba Brinkman has buckets of stage presence. He's funny, charismatic and not a bad rapper either...Refuses to condescend its audience...We are never allowed to be bored...There are many stand out moments...A show that is both brilliantly entertaining and hugely informative. It's also unlike anything else you'll see." Full Review
for a previous production "This is a journey into our minds...Baba Brinkman journeys through the latest discoveries in brain science and shares it with us in rap. And, although the audience is slow to catch up to the complexities of what is being explained, he is a patient man and persists in a humorous and engaging way...Brinkman is a skillful communicator and a good rapper too...Brinkman could make any topic fascinating." Full Review
for a previous production "The brilliance of this show comes in the balance; the only way a premise like this works is if the performer becomes an expert, and by the ease in which Brinkman dissects complex concepts relating to consciousness, it’s clear he has done more than his fair share of research...'Rap Guide to Consciousness' is clever, extremely entertaining and there’s a good chance you’ll walk out having learned something new. There’s not much more you can ask of a fringe show." Full Review
for a previous production "Baba Brinkman's intellectual rhymes are brilliant...A hip-hop sensation...Through a mixture of furious, fast-paced rapping and equally energetic explanations, Brinkman takes the audience on a mind-boggling journey...Brinkman's energy is boundless...keeping the audience engaged...There were times I found the show hard to follow, and that in turn detracted from the overall experience. You'd focus so hard on trying to catch what was said, you'd miss the next line." Full Review
for a previous production "'The Rap Guide To Consciouness' is incandescently, intensely odd, compulsively quirkily brilliant and profoundly intimate in that way geeky scientist have been on special courses for. The background research is hippocampus jaw-dropping. This is what happens when you marry a neuroscientist. Do not expect to understand at least half as much as you did before realising you will know infinitely more than you ever did before." Full Review
for a previous production "Baba Brinkman gives a new meaning to the term pop science. He attempts to explain some of the most difficult issues confronting scientists today to laymen via the medium of rap music...His intelligence is fearsome as demonstrated by a freestyle rap...using concepts thrown in by audience members...exudes a wicked sense of fun, which consistently shines through...This is a challenging show that makes good use of multimedia and educates as much as it entertains." Full Review
for a previous production "Is it a comedy gig? A hip hop gig? A neuroscience lecture? 'Baba Brinkman's Rap Guide To Consciousness' is all three. You may well walk out laughing, humming and wondering if you are a human being or a robot...The locquacious Canadian employs case studies in an attempt to clarify what consciousness is...Brinkman wittily weaves together accessible ideas and inventive rhymes...There is lots to take in...Not the world's coolest rapper, but he might be the funniest and most well-read." Full Review
for a previous production "Relevant, educational, and a huge amount of fun...Brinkman's dazzling lyrical skill is on full display. His flow is effortlessly fluent...Some formal flaws niggle. The structure feels spotty, as Brinkman struggles to tie the disparate topics together...At times, 'Rap Guide' feels more like a live hip hop album than a fully-fledged theatre piece...A consistently enjoyable and easily accessible intro to what, in less accomplished hands, could be a prohibitively esoteric topic." Full Review
for a previous production "Baba Brinkman is here to try to explain via some witty and informative rapping. Taking some pretty complex concepts, Brinkman breaks them down into understandable chunks, to give a flavour of the science behind what it means to be conscious, with a little help from some diagrams...Explores the different ways we experience the world around us, offering up some fascinating scientific findings. If you're looking for something a little different, Brinkman is well worth a visit." Full Review
for a previous production "His new show takes on the consciousness, the very mechanics of how our brain works...The material is strong and informative, and most importantly, Brinkman's raps are lyrical and amusing...He explores the effect he and his wife's consciousness had on their attraction to each other, relates Google's Deep Dream to the operation of our own minds, and ponders whether free will means anything with our increasing knowledge of how the brain works." Full Review
See it if You want to have fun expanding your awareness and pondering the depth of what it means to be conscious
Don't see it if don't enjoy rap or want a simple show that doesn't involve much thinking
See it if you're curious and unafraid of the complexities of life--and existence--and thus of ourselves. Wholly unique, challenging and entertaining
Don't see it if you'd rather be spoon-fed pablum for entertainment
See it if You are interested in neuroscience, intelligent rap lyrics, or simply a thought-provoking evening
Don't see it if you don't like single performer shows or require high production values
See it if Baba Brinkman is a genius and a warm one at that. He is a force of nature, consciousness and most theatrical. Inventive and instructive
Don't see it if If you are a fuddy duddy.
See it if you want to learn things and be entertained at the same time. Baba had me on the Brink of sheer happiness. Great show for people of all ages
Don't see it if A little bit of cursing will offend you. Otherwise go and see why The NY Times endorses this great one man show
See it if A must see. Baba's delightful way to deliver his story,will keep your attention from the sec. he walks into the stage through the end
Don't see it if If you don't like rap or psycodhelic vibes
See it if You’re a rap fan but want higher caliber subject matter. If the concept of Rap music on Mindful Consciousness intrigues you at all - GO!
Don't see it if You are looking for a non-cerebral theatre experience. You just can’t relate to rap music even if it’s about science vs. what makes us human
See it if are you are interested in the science related to human consciousness and want to get entertained by the way science is presented
Don't see it if you don't like rap or solo shows
See it if you want to see a 39 white rapper from western Canada rapping intelligently & scientifically about consciousness. I kid you not!
Don't see it if you feel only black people should wrap or want a razzle-dazzle theater experience.
See it if you want to be entertained and also learn a few things
Don't see it if no good reason not to see it unless you don't like a good one person show
Also now I want to see his other shows
See it if You enjoy neuroscience, rap & a different type of show that blends the two. Will enthrall you if you like to ponder psychological questions.
Don't see it if You don't like rap, want a mindless show (this definitely is not it) and want something larger than a one-man show.
See it if You enjoy different types of theater experiences and can be open to the idea of rap combined with science.
Don't see it if You are looking for a typical story in a show or you want something without depth.
See it if you like nontraditional theater experiences (part memoir, part concert, part TED Talk, part stand-up.)
Don't see it if you don't have the patience for thought experiments, sick rhymes, nerd humor, or abstract concepts.
See it if one-man shows with a Canadian rapper who teaches you about life, consciousness, and brain science in a entertaining way really turns you on.
Don't see it if you don't like rap. Or perhaps you are a zombie with nothing inside your head.
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