How We Got On | Den Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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click to enlarge Ireon Roach and Tevion Lanier

Ireon Roach and Tevion Lanier

Austin D. Oie

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 12 2016
Price: $32, seniors $20, students $12
What we're gonna do right here is go back, way back, back to August, 1988. Five years after Wild Style took hip-hop from the Bronx to the big screen, Fab 5 Freddie and Yo! MTV Raps said "here's a little story that must be told" once again, this time for TV audiences. The message came through to bedroom suburbia, far from the jungle that make you wonder how you keep from going under. Idris Goodwin's How We Got On, set in a dull midwestern nowhere place called the Hill, tells the story of the hip-hop generation from an out-of-the-way perspective. It remembers the regionalism that would necessitate trips (pilgrimages!) to New York (mecca!) just to hear the hard-looping sounds and funky-fresh rhymes of rap—a thing as strange to imagine now as it would have been then, in '88, that three decades later rap could inspire salubrious theatrical entertainment.
—Max Maller



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