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Syncing Ink

From 23 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious, Clever

About the show

The Flea presents a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story about a high-school student's pursuit of freestyle rap. The play is told largely in freestyle, working off audience prompts rather than scripted text. More…

Gordon wants to learn how to rap, thinking it will gain him respect, admiration, and the attention of a beautiful woman. What he doesn’t know is that his journey will take him not just deeper into hip-hop, but also his legacy and his purpose. Based on true events, NSangou Njikam's play leads us on a lyrical voyage to discover what it really takes to freestyle.

Member Reviews (23)


Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious, Clever
Avg Score

Clever, Slow, Quirky, Energetic, Fluffy

See it if Lots of upbeat rap music and dancing. Talented, energetic cast. Impressive finale.

Don't see it if Story progresses in obvious ways and bogs down in the middle. Boring dialog.

Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if Enjoy hip-hop music and high energy. Setting is in a high school with teenage rivalries. Audience participation and enthusiasm.

Don't see it if You dislike loud hip-hop music. The show is 2 1/2 h w/15 min intermission. Foul language and sexual connotations.

Also The Flea Theater is in a wonderful new venue and is attracting a young... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Great singing, Great staging, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy rap, great performances, fun and clever insight into hip hop culture.

Don't see it if you dislike loud music and stories that are more fable and formulaic than realistic.

Resonant, Refreshing, Masterful, Great writing, Ambitious

See it if you want to see one of the strongest and most hardworking ensembles, you want a personal story told in a unique way

Don't see it if you don't want to be bombarded with a lot of words, you aren't familiar or at least have a working exposure of rap or black culture

Funny, Great acting

See it if You wanna see one of the best ensembles acting right now.

Don't see it if You're afraid of participation.

Also I don't get why they talk shit about Trap Music. Though amazingly acte... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Masterful, Must see

See it if you like rap, spoken word, hip-hop and incredible high-frequency performances.

Don't see it if you don't like audience participation or loud music.

Absorbing, Must see, Enchanting, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You love a good coming of age story told in a one-of-a-kind way that mixes hip-hop, dance, and the hero's journey to create total theater.

Don't see it if You don't like having a good time.

Ambitious, Absorbing, Refreshing, Must see, Masterful

See it if You like rap, like shows with modern commentary

Don't see it if You don't like strobe light, or smoke

Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if you like smart shows that make you think

Don't see it if you don't like to be challenged

Entertaining, Ambitious, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Very tightly woven drama. Loved the scenery particularly the high tech scenery used throughout the show. Leads were fantastic!

Don't see it if You like big musical productions!

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting, Epic

See it if you love rap, music, spoken work, amazing actors, amazing movers, great story telling,

Don't see it if Hate rap music and intimate theater spaces.

Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Hilarious, Intelligent

See it if You want your face blown off with great theater.

Don't see it if You hate having your face blown off.

Ambitious, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if You appreciate originality and masterful lyrics. Acting is also phenomenal. Most of the actors are on stage the entire show.

Don't see it if I can't find anything bad to say about it. Its a show everyone should see.

Intense, Epic, Edgy

See it if You love inventive storytelling and lots of physicality

Don't see it if You dont like to have fun

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Funny

See it if you like hip hop or want to learn more about hip hop. Great love story

Don't see it if you hate minor audience interaction.

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You are looking to see a new and innovative type of theatre and are going to the theatre for fun/a good time!!

Don't see it if You are scared of something new or looking for a quiet nap.

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great acting

See it if Love the art of storytelling!

Don't see it if You don’t love a good time

Ambitious, Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Refreshing

See it if you love the beauty of hip-hop culture, innovative staging and sound art, humor, simple and compelling storytelling

Don't see it if you're sensitive to cursing (there are a few f-bombs in the second half)

Absorbing, Entertaining, Hilarious, Great acting, Must see

See it if Are looking for a really compelling and funny show. Great audience engagement (without feeling intimidated to participate).

Don't see it if You are a stuffy funhating person

Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious, Must see

See it if Love old school hip-hop, love to laugh, love good acting, love good choreography, love to root for the under dog, you want to learn history.

Don't see it if You hate to be entertained.

Relevant, Refreshing, Great writing, Funny, Absorbing

See it if You want to see something different,if you like/love hip hop, if you enjoy great writing, you want to have a fun time around a circle stage

Don't see it if You don't like hip hop.

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Edgy, Entertaining

See it if Love music, dance, energy, small venues,

Don't see it if Can't imagine anyone not loving this

During previews
Entertaining, Relevant, Resonant, Must see, Clever

See it if You're a big fan of the hip-hop genre, a history buff, or just like to be entertained by pure talent. You must see this!

Don't see it if You are not willing to sit, have a good time, and learn about some relevant issues.

October 10th, 2017
"Unfortunately, Mr. Njikam’s lyrics don’t have the wit or verbal dexterity of their old-school influences, and the story bogs down, despite flashes of satirical inspiration...What matters here is not the predictable destination, but how we get there...The show has an infectious energy and benefit...
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October 8th, 2017
"Blends hip-hop and West African performance traditions into a new and exciting theatrical form...'Syncing Ink' seamlessly incorporates music and dance into a cohesive structure that feels all its own. Hip-hop here is spiritual, elemental, and integral to the play’s world: It’s in the language, t...
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October 10th, 2017
"The story 'Syncing Ink' tells is rather thin and the characters never progress beyond the one-dimensional...As sheer spectacle, 'Syncing Ink' is often exhilarating...Above all, Njikam's show offers a brilliant display of the physical and vocal prowess of its performers, all of whom make memorabl...
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October 10th, 2017
"A rush of invention and youthful high spirits...It's a messy, ambitious piece, with no shortage of flaws, but they pale in comparison with the wit and originality on display, not to mention its celebratory, wide-angle vision of African American culture...Under Niegel Smith's direction, too much ...
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