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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2003 6:22 am 
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Hip-hop hooray - "Da Boyz"
By Dan Cairns for The Sunday Times


It is an accident both unfortunate and happy that two musical adaptations of a Shakespeare comedy should open in London in the same week: comparison is inevitable, though not at all instructive. Both are, by chance, hip-hop updates of that tale of twins, double take and discord, The Comedy of Errors. But the shows have different aims and spring from different circumstances. In the East End, Da Boyz (Theatre Royal, Stratford East) is the result of three years’ workshopping at a theatre that draws its resources and inspiration from the community it serves. DJ Excalibah, Mc Skolla and the director/designer, Ultz, have used songs from Rodgers and Hart’s 1938 musical, The Boys from Syracuse, as the source for a raucous evening that makes up in enthusiasm and energy what it lacks in polish and dramatic consistency.

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By SARAH HEMMING for The Financial Times


You know how it is: you wait years for a rap version of The Comedy of Errors and then two come along at once. While Bomb-itty of Errors plays at the Arts Theatre, out at Stratford East, Shakespeare's comedy of confusions surfaces as Da Boyz, a hip-hop musical of irresistible energy, reworked from the 1938 Rodgers and Hart musical, The Boys of Syracuse.

First of all we should big up (as they say on the street) both the Theatre Royal and the Richard Rodgers Centenary Committee for being brave enough to take on this project. For at the heart of the enterprise is a serious endeavour: an attempt to create a truly contemporary musical. And Da Boyz (directed by Ultz) goes a long way towards succeeding: it's an attractive show that responds to the vitality of the comedy with enormous energy.

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Dominic Cavendish in The Daily Telegraph reviews Da Boyz at Theatre Royal, Stratford East

I'm not sure the same could be said for Da Boyz, a black hip-hop reworking of the 1938 Rodgers and Hart musical The Boys from Syracuse, based on Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors. The Theatre Royal's latest ethnic extravaganza had the misfortune to open the night after the far wittier Bomb-itty of Errors at the New Ambassadors, but at any time its flaws would still be glaring.

In a thumpingly loud occasion that lets the lush melodies of the original go hang, Ephesus is transformed into a mean gangsta-ghetto that only reveals its redeeming sexier side as the farcical plot thickens.

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By Ian Johns for The Times


LONDON currently has two hip-hop reworkings of Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors. If The Bomb-itty of Errors in the West End comes across like a rap panto, then Da Boyz in the East End seems more like a streetwise gang show with a company of under-25s strutting their stuff with a look-at-me gusto.

Da Boyz is in fact loosely inspired by The Boys from Syracuse, the 1938 Rodgers and Hart musical based on the Bard’s knockabout farce in which two sets of identical twins are mistaken for each other all over Ephesus. In this case it’s FSS, a gangsta-ghetto of hooded rappers and soul divas constantly being set up for breakdancing and musical face-offs.

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