The Bushwick Starr, in collaboration with All For One Theater, presents this Afrofuturism transmedia piece written by and starring award-winning solo performer, actor, and poet, Darian Dauchan. More…
One hundred years from now a race of Hip Hop androids known as Brobots will form a unit, The Tribe Called Space Quest, to spread their message of peace, love, and dopeness all over the universe. Through live looped vocals, rhymes, and beat-boxing, they perform the origin story of the first of their kind. They call it 'The Brobot Johnson Experience,' a sci-fi, hip hop solo concert that defies both space...and time.
"Sometimes at the end of a hard day — in a hard time, in an unhappy nation — all you need is the love of a good robot…Give him half a chance, and he’ll wash away your earthly blues…Some highly imaginative, homemade visual and aural aids…Mr. Dauchan radiates that natural, magnetic affability you associate with successful stand-up comics and talk-show hosts, but without any of the underlying hostility or aggression." Full Review
"While it'd be overselling 'The Brobot Johnson Experience' to suggest that the cheesy set-up gradually broadens into something profound, Dauchan does have more on his mind than simply offering a hip-hop-inflected riff on sci-fi tropes...Simply as a showcase for one performer's theatrical and musical prowess in a live setting, 'Brobot' is impressive, even stupefying at times...It may all be corny, but Dauchan makes us fully believe it, at least for 80 minutes." Full Review
"Dauchan's performance exudes warmth and enthusiasm...The philosophical elements of the show don't add up to much in the narrative. The wisdom they are supposed to impart...lacks the depth required to leave an impression. The lessons are too trite...The scenic and costume designs, along with the music, and mostly Dauchan's vibrant presence are enough to make the 'experience' a good time...Doesn’t need to be life changing. Just needs to be fun." Full Review
“Dauchan is clearly talented, not least for his ability to command an audience. I have little doubt that we'll be hearing more from him. This effort, however, is best described as a boutique item, aimed at those who don't mind an overloaded text dominated by a complicated and uncompelling backstory and expressed in verse that often whooshes by too fast to understand. The save-the-universe theme...is too vague and generalized to have much effect. " Full Review
"If you’re the type who loves dancing along to sci-fi hip-hop merriment, then 'The Brobot Johnson Experience' is for you. Otherwise, there’s always Dauchan’s elaborate loop-based music, which stays strong even when the show does not...All the stakes-raising dials the intensity down, shifting the show into children’s-theater mode. By the time we’re making a human chain to good-vibe Tinkerb—uh, Flobot back into space, the piece has softened into the merely sweet." Full Review
See it if You like beat rhyming rhythms, dizzying word play and serious fun, along with smoke, projections and mucho audience participation.
Don't see it if You want to understand every word, like only simple narrative, prefer to be anonymous and sit back passively in the theatre.
See it if You want a night of music, dancing, and humor with a “Brobot” from the future. He will win you over to his cause - saving both our worlds
Don't see it if You want deep meaning and a strong plot. There is a let’s-all-get-along subtext, but this is mostly fun. Warning: flashing lights, dancing
See it if you like immersive theater, like electronic music, want to see a very unusual set and use of technology in scenic design
Don't see it if don't like one man shows, don't care for Sci-Fy style content
See it if you want to shut off your brain and have a good time in an immersive, interactive, hip-hop-funk spacetraviganza with a stellar performer
Don't see it if you have high standards for immersive theatre, you don't enjoy interactivity
See it if You enjoy edgy, unique theater and one person shows. The actor writer and performer is clearly very talented, but the writing was lacking.
Don't see it if Writing is more important to you than performance.
See it if If you like having someone rap at you for a while or if you can tell a storyline from the first ten or so minutes. The set is POPPIN.
Don't see it if If you're expecting something life altering or shifting. It's a really cute concept that doesn't go much further than that.
See it if you think you might like to experience a wild, non-stop music-theater hybrid.
Don't see it if even the mildest, least demanding forms of audience participation make you cringe.
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