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Hype Man

From 10 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Resonant, Relevant, Thought-provoking

About the show

This hip hop play dares to ask who has the responsibility to speak up in the face of social injustice. More…

A front man, hype man and beat maker are on the verge of hitting it big when yet another police shooting shakes them to the core.

Member Reviews (10)


Great acting, Absorbing, Resonant, Relevant, Thought-provoking
Avg Score

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Profound, Relevant

See it if You like Hip-Hop, equality (for all), friendship, intermixing plots, social topics, humor, some crude language, black box theatre, which was

Don't see it if Actually more loft-like. It was a great space, great musicality, awesome actors. I'd see this again. Only the small-minded would dislike.

Bomb diggity, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to check out the struggles inside a hip hop entourage

Don't see it if You don’t care about hip hop culture

Resonant, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Masterful

See it if You love hip hop, race/gender/artistic collaboration politics. Challenging questions and issues are brought up, great performances!

Don't see it if You are trapped in a bubble and you want to stay in that bubble.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Edgy

See it if Honest exploration of interface of art, social conscience & humanity. Opened me more to hip hop. Understood it better. Great acting.

Don't see it if If you need the fourth wall. If you need the distance.

Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if I never lost interest. I found it to be very entertaining from start to finish. Perfect combo of dialogue and song !

Don't see it if You don't have an open mind.

During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Relevant

See it if you are up for an interesting look at the clash between personal responsibility and commercial interests.

Don't see it if you are looking for a big, expansive show. This is very intimate and no frills.

During previews
Relevant, Resonant, Preachy

See it if You are interested in plays about hip-hop, racial and gender divides, and social justice. You want to support young actors

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with narratives about police brutality.

During previews
Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You love a funny, deeply moving story about Hip Hop and friendship that sends the audience out singing and energized to take a stand.

Don't see it if Everyone should see this play - I love it so much! It's entertaining, wonderfully performed, AND it has a necessary message about justice.

During previews
Funny, Resonant, Great writing

See it if You want to see a play tackle our national conversations around race, art, and social justice with nuance and humor. You love hip hop.

Don't see it if You're in the "all lives matter" camp and do not want your perspective challenged. You hate hip hop.

During previews
Resonant, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Funny, Great acting

See it if You enjoy shows that address important social issues, enjoy rap and hip hop.

Don't see it if Don't like strobe lights/fog machines.

November 20th, 2018
"Goodwin’s likable but overstuffed new show...Goodwin packs in a lot of ideas and not enough connective tissue, leading to abrupt transitions and a rushed feeling...Peep One feels especially underwritten...Goodwin does not fully explore the complicated relationship between a hype man and an M.C.,...
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November 20th, 2018
“Goodwin's script, though not an entirely airtight 75 minutes, goes a long way in describing the challenges white and black people face when having conversations about race...Seemel and Smith breeze over some of the gaps in the script; the characters' shifting allegiances and quickly resolved qua...
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November 21st, 2018
"’Hype Man’ benefits from an admirably tight structure, but its conclusion feels too glibly arrived at...If ‘Hype Man’ wraps up too easily, the issues that it poses are very real...Goodwin's characters are a galvanizing trio and they are guaranteed to give you plenty to think about. This is an im...
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November 21st, 2018
“Goodwin’s exhilarating drama...Goodwin’s vision is theatrical, his dialogue is sharp, and he crafts a clenching scenario...Visually and vocally Stango is utterly convincing as this popstar...With his mellow presence and beaming smile, Tolliver beautifully plays Verb...Bass, Tolliver and Stango a...
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