THE MOTHER FUCKER WITH THE HAT

Friday, September 30 th, 2016 at 00:09 am 

THE MOTHER FUCKER WITH THE HAT

SYNOPSIS

The play is about a couple – Jackie (Cannavale) and Veronica (Rodriguez) – who’ve been in love with each other since they were kids, but after years of drugs and alcohol addiction, Jackie has sobered up with the help of his AA sponsor, Ralph D. (played by Chris Rock); however, Veronica, hasn’t.

JOY’S REVIEW

I know, what a title. In spite of the title, which I think intends to offend, this is a terrific piece of theater. It stars Bobby Cannavale, Chris Rock, Annabella  Scioria, Yul Vazquez, who nearly steals the show as cousin Julio, and Elizabeth Rodriguez <sp?>. The story is that a man who has been in jail and has been a drug addict is dealing with his sobriety with his girlfriend. And he finally gets a job, and he sees a hat that’s left on the table and accuses his girlfriend of adultery. He then goes to see his sponsor, who is Chris Rock in his Broadway debut, and he’s really terrific in it. He doesn’t do any riffs, he just handles the character, but he handles him with a great deal of poise. And I don’t want to tell you too much about it because I want it to be as much fun for you to see, but this is really, in spite of the language, which is incredibly rough– you can clean rust off pipes with this language, but it is terrific theater. It’s very well written; there is a rhythm to it. It’s very well acted, and it’s really got a serious amount of heart. So I’d encourage you to go see it. Stephen Adly Guirgis is the playwright, and this is really a terrific piece of theater. So four and a half stars.

 


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