How We Got On
March 2 - April 1, 2012
by Idris Goodwin
directed by Wendy C. Goldberg
Three Midwestern teen rappers discover the power of harmony over discord.
Hank, Julian and Luann are the flip side to the A story of hip hop’s rise in the late 1980s—kids who forge a cultural identity in the white suburbs by dueling with poetry in parking lots and dubbing beats on a boom box. In this coming-of-age tale remixed, A DJ loops us through the lives of three Midwestern teen rappers who discover the power of harmony over discord.
Recommended for middle school level and up.
Contains strong language and haze.
Run time is 90 minutes with no intermission.
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What the critics are saying about How We Got On
“Whether you go to How We Got On for the laughs, the music, the poetry or to watch the journey of three teenagers trying to find their way, just go.” – Michelle Rynbrandt, Louisville.com Full Review
“the writing here is fresh, heartfelt and alive with many of the passions of youth.” – Elizabeth Kramer, Courier Journal Full Review
“Sledge infuses Hank’s enthusiasm with a thoughtful innocence that perfectly complements Quijada’s simmering bravado, and both actors’ performances capture the exquisite fragility and changeability of adolescence.” - Erin Keane, WFPL Full Review
“How We Got On is a fascinating piece of theater that requires split-second timing, especially in scenes where the Selector leads the characters into intricately contrapuntal examples of layered, sampled and cross-faded raps. For that alone — and to see the ingenuity with which director Wendy C. Goldberg and sound designer Matt Hubbs, and the rest of the technical crew have addressed those challenges — the play is worth seeing.” – Marty Rosen, LEO Weekly Full Review
“to borrow a phrase from the play itself, the show was ‘dope.’” – Kate Barry, arts-louisville.com Full Review
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