As I reported many months ago in Chicago Footlights magazine, the hip-hoppin’ Q Brothers are returning to Chicago Shakespeare Theater with “Funk It Up About Nothin,” their version of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.” GQ and JQ, who still call Chicago home, will return to Chicago Shakes Jan. 21-Feb. 13 as a warm-up for a two-month Australian tour. The co-writers and co-directors first devised the show —their second rapping Shakespeare—in 2008. But even before coming back to Navy Pier (home of Chicago Shakespeare Theater) they’ll take “Funk It Up” to the Joseph Papp Public Theatre in New York for one performance, Jan. 8. The Q Bros.’ shows have enjoyed particular success in London and at the Edinburgh Festival as well as Chicago.
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