It’s raucous, it’s fun, it’s circus, dance and acrobatics — and definitely political. It’s courageous and it’s loud! It’s an Edinburgh Fringe Festival Award winner twice over, and it’s at the York Theatre until January 27. Hot Brown Honey is a show with a message — a big one, about the stereotypes with which women of colour must live. As the narrator DJ Busty Beatz, states in her own words, and those from other feminist writers: “The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.” In Hot Brown Honey you will find the stories told rich in colour, with an overpowering message. If you’re looking for subtlety or demure, this is not the show. It’s raunchy, colourful, mind-boggling and fun. It’s story told in rap, with some tremendous technical aspects, such as the beautifully designed beehive which adorns the stage and often darkens, spelling out ideas that require emphasis. It’s not for the faint of heart, or those with sensitive hearing. Ear plugs are provided, but unfortunately with them in you don’t often hear the lyrics or the spoken word. Without them it’s often a soundscape blur. The women in Hot Brown Honey warn that things will get sticky, but promise it will be worth it. These superbly talented, outspoken and larger-than-life women will have you leaving the theatre with the question of “What can I do now to help their world become a better one?”
Playing to January 27th.
York Theatre, 639 Commercial Drive at Georgia Street
Showtime: 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: 604.251.1363 www.thecultch.com
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