Fresh and relatable retellings of classic stories and political history are very much in these days thanks to Hamilton, but that doesn't mean it's easy to write a really good hip hop musical about Othello. The Q Brothers have done it, though, and they also shine as performers in the four-man show. 80's and 90's hip hop and rap vibes dominate the impressive score of this energetic 80 minute "remix" of Othello. In this version, our hero is not a solider who goes off to war, but a rapper who goes on his first major tour. Beef with a member of his crew, Iago, becomes the focal point and...well, you know the rest. All four performers are gifted actors, rappers, and showmen and own every second of this tour-de-force show. Postell Pringle especially impresses as Othello himself with skills that you'd expect from a rapper who performs at major arenas. Not only will adults (even ones who usually fall asleep at Shakespeare plays) enjoy this immensely, there isn't a high schooler in America who wouldn't finally get into Shakespeare after seeing Othello: The Remix. The show closes January 15, so grab a pair a tickets now and grab your friend who most reminds you of Radio Raheem and head on over to the Westside Theatre.
The Broadway musical recorded on film for optimal couch viewing!
There's a reason it won the 2017 Tony Award for Best Musical. It doesn't get fresher and more relevant than this!