This undated theater image released by The O + M Co. shows Baba Brinkman during a performance of “Ingenious Nature,” in New York. (AP Photo/The O + M Co., Carol Rosegg)
NEW YORK (AP) — Here’s some advice you wouldn’t expect before a theater outing: Don’t turn off your cell phone at Baba Brinkman’s new off-Broadway show “Ingenious Nature,” his latest hyper-intellectual hip-hop stage piece.
You’ll need it to text responses to occasional audience polls before and during the performance. And, more importantly, the gleam from the device will help you find your seat in the near-pitch blackness of the SoHo Playhouse, where the show opened Wednesday.
Even before the play begins, the space is as dark as the darkest nightclub. The only light in the theater radiates from the stage, where Brinkman sits at a table off to the left, his face aglow and vaguely sinister as he pecks away on a laptop computer surrounded by stacks of books.
Across the stage, his DJ works a pair of turntables, scratching over savory beats, his perfectly flat-brimmed cap bobbing in rhythm.
Brinkman’s computer screen is projected on the wall behind the men, giving the performer a way to Login to read more