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.
"Dynamically presented and euphorically performed...It’s simultaneously exhilarating and wearying...Njikam offers a witty take on the classic mythology of a hero’s episodic journey with a lively African-American slant...Director Niegel Smith and choreographer Gabriel 'Kwikstep' Dionisio’s collaboration results in a thrilling unison of movement and dance. The cast is all over the four-sided, relatively bare playing area, magnificently dancing and perfectly placed throughout." Full Review
"The outcome won’t be revealed, because the resolution is too obvious to waste time on...The cast members spout abundant challenge hip-hop, often melting into Gabriel 'Kwikstep' Dionisio’s tough choreographic patterns that show off their movement prowess—prowess that’s extensive and impressive...It’s so spirited that it rouses audience to various responses...I admired many of the 'Syncing Ink' elements." Full Review
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