Dundee: A Hip-Hopera | Stage 773 | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Surena Pridgen

Tyler Core

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through May 6 2017
Price: $30
From practically the first scene, Gabe Caruso’s "hip-hopera" sets up like a Hamilton clone gone berserk. A group of college friends reunites after ten years for what turns out to be an elaborate kidnapping in which the kidnapees find themselves at the mercy of a former classmate wielding a samurai sword. Ridiculously, the caper stems from petty jealousies reminiscent of a high school crying game. It’s hard to believe that a group of thirtysomethings can’t come to grips with life at this stage, but there’s a silver lining throughout: Caruso’s rhymes can be surprisingly poetic, even if they're also a bit tone deaf in cases, and there’s an occasional blip of humor that hints at a deeper understanding of the form. —Matt de la Peña

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