Danny Hoch plays nine different characters in his provocative if overly simplistic new solo show about the effects of gentrification on urban communities — specifically the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Hoch is a so-called hip-hop theater artist: His shows are immersed in hip-hop culture and involve characters who are rappers and MCs using language that evokes the rhythms and cadences of rap music. On the surface, the personalities and circumstances Hoch inhabits seem very different. They include a multitasking middle-aged white property developer, a foul-mouthed Dominican taxi dispatcher, and a black rapper with a passion for Noam Chomsky. Yet upon closer examination, the characters, though seemingly different, are... More >>>