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Hip-Hopera'

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at the Stella Adler Theatre

A few artists in the last decade, Danny Hoch most notably, have combined theatre and hip-hop. But collaborators Jerome Sable and Eli Batalion have taken the genre in a direction that should appeal equally to young rap fans and seasoned theatre lovers. Their piece—a 90-minute reworking of a one-hour production that toured the world last year—is filled with intelligent humor, wicked rhymes, catchy music, spirited dance, and a captivating story. There is a five-person dance troupe, a DJ, and a singer, but Sable and Batalion play all of the characters—flip-flopping the roles in the middle of scenes. Co-directors Stefan Novinski and Hassan Christopher (who also serves as choreographer) have deftly melded a concert atmosphere with sophisticated theatre.

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