A Q Brothers' Christmas Carol | Chicago Shakespeare Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 3 2016
Price: $30-$40
In this, the year of Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda's many new fans would do well to check out this holiday hit by the Q Brothers ensemble, a group of emcees that have been in the disparate-genre hip-hop-redux game since the late 90s. Four seasoned performers spit couplets and retell Charles Dickens's inescapable ghost story as a modern urban parable. An anti-immigrant miser with a wig factory (can you guess which presidential candidate gets roasted?) gets haunted by rappers and singers past, present, and future, including a Rastafarian Marley. It's an unabashedly silly and brilliantly efficient reminder that alt-Christmas shows can be just as heartwarming and family friendly as the classics; one visual trick in particular is sure to elicit a gasps from even the most curmudgeonly Scrooges. —Dan Jakes



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