“The Motherf–ker with the Hat” By Stephen Adly Guirgis

13407068“The Motherf–ker with the Hat”
By Stephen Adly Guirgis
Narrated by: Bobby Cannavale, Chris Rock, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Annabella Sciorra, Yul Vazquez
Length: 1 hr and 32 mins
Release date: 02-12-14
Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works

I don’t know why I was surprised to see this production from L.A. Theatre Works, maybe the language, maybe that it was Chris Rock and one of my new favorite actors, Bobby Cannavale.  Either way I should have known that LATW wouldn’t let language stop them and I know they have some of the finest talent in Hollywood performing their audio shows.  So I was looking forward to this somewhat dark comedy about 2 friends, their addictions, and their trying to stay on the right side of the law.

Once again LATW delivered an outstanding performance.  I have to say I have not come across any of their performances that is even slightly bad.  LATW always brings great plays with great performers/actors with quality production that puts you smack into the middle of the audience.

This time around Bobby Cannavale, as Jackie, is out of prison and in a 12 step program with Chris Rock, as Ralph D, as his sponsor.  Jackie finds that his girl is cheating on him because the guy she’s cheating with left his hat on the bedside table.  Jackie knows exactly that it is that Motherf–ker with the hat on the first floor.  Jackie takes action and returns the hat, but shoots the hat before leaving.  The problem is that the man Jackie is looking for is not THAT Motherf–ker with the hat, it turns out to be another Motherf–ker.

This play builds with great characters until finally the right Motherf–cker gets the proper blame.  I have to say other than the two leads the character of Cousin Julio is a great addition to the play and takes the biggest comedy moments in the show.

I would highly recommend this show to any fan of comedy or theatre.

Publisher’s Summary
Addiction, pain, and explosive tempers are not exactly what you’d call the ingredients for a side-splitting comedy. Yet Steven Adly Guiguis has created a profane, hilarious masterpiece that earned a “hatful” of theatrical accolades in 2011, including a Drama Desk award for Outstanding Actor in a Play for Bobby Cannavale. Stars the original Broadway cast: Chris Rock, Bobby Canavale, Annabella Sciorra, Elizabeth Rodriguez and Yul Vazquez.

A 2011 Tony Award nominee for Best Play.

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring:

Chris Rock as Ralph D.

Bobby Cannavale as Jackie

Elizabeth Rodriguez as Veronica

Annabella Sciorra as Victoria

Yul Vázquez as Cousin Julio

Directed by Jace Alexander. Recorded by L.A. Theatre Works before a live audience.

©2013 L.A. Theatre Works (P)2013 L.A. Theatre Works