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Chicago Shakespeare Theater - Upstairs Theater
On Navy Pier 800 E. Grand Avenue Chicago, IL 60611
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8 events
6 reviews
2 stars
I would say to pay for Navy Pier parking because it is convenient and they do validate. Went from being $22 to $12.60. It was worth it.
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2 stars
The weather was nice and it was nearing dusk.. I wore sandals, capri pants and a nice top..
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"Funk It Up About Nothin'"
67 ratings
4.8 average rating
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48 events
45 reviews
7 stars
attended Jul 18 2008

Very entertaining! Review the storyline before you go if not familiar with Much Ado About Nothing.

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22 events
14 reviews
6 stars
attended Jul 13 2008

From the people who brought you "Bomb-itty of Errors" (the funniest musical I have ever seen), this rap version of "Much Ado About Nothing" also boasts amusing performances, crystal-clear diction (very important for the non-rappers in the...continued

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2 events
1 review
3 stars
attended Jul 19 2008

I attended this show with friends. Everyone enjoyed the event, even those who didn't know the original storyline. It was a very fast paced and funny show. However, I would not recommend this as a family event, due to the profanity.

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Quotes & Highlights

“A bawdy and fun remix! Exceedingly smart and funny… It’s clever stuff. This lively and well-performed show will greatly amuse. When it comes to funking up the Bard, the Q’s are your guys.” —Chicago Tribune
“I defy you, whatever your age or rhythmic persuasion, to go to this ‘ad-rap-tation’… and come out without a gigantic grin on your face. This show… glides and pops its way onto the stage with a self-confidence that would be brazen if it weren’t 100 percent justified. The rhymes—and the energy—just don’t stop. —TimeOut London
“Downright irresistible… its cast of six actors are so physically and verbally agile, and so savvy in their ability to adapt to a whole new meter and method, that it’s a pleasure just to watch them mix it up with such complete brilliance.” —Chicago Sun-Times
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Funk It Up About Nothin’

a “hip-hoptation” of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing

Created and directed by GQ and JQ

A fresh urban take on a story as old skool as love itself, and complete with a live DJ, B-boys and girls, MCs and divas, Funk It Up About Nothin’ is more than a rom-com street party with bangin’ bass. It’s an outrageous “hip-hoptation” based on the Bard’s classic comedy Much Ado About Nothing. Whether you’re looking for a great night of hip hop or a new way to think about Shakespeare, Funk It Up About Nothin’ delivers an intense, high-energy story like no other.

About the Ticket Supplier: Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Chicago Shakespeare Theater offers a broad spectrum of theatrical experiences year-round, engaging and entertaining audiences from all walks of life and from around the world. The plays of William Shakespeare form the core of the company’s work, complemented by other dramatic works — from traditional classical theater to new classics that resonate with Shakespeare’s timeless insights into the human condition. CST’s World’s Stage Series brings international theatrical productions to Chicago, presenting new cultural expressions and experiences. For family audiences, CST Family presents abridged Shakespeare productions and classic musicals for all ages.