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The Motherf**ker With the Hat

From 3 critic and 38 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Edgy, Great writing

About the show

T. Schreiber Theatre presents Stephen Adly Guirgis' Tony-nominated play, a darkly comic tale about friendship, love, addiction, and the difficulties of adulthood. More…

Jackie, a petty drug dealer, is just out of prison and trying to stay clean. But he's still in love with his coke-addicted childhood sweetheart, Veronica. Ralph D. is Jackie's too-smooth, slightly slippery sponsor. He's married to the bitter and disaffected Victoria, who, by the way, has the hots for Jackie. And then there's Julio, Jackie's cousin…a stand-up, "stand by me" kind of guy.


"Now, without a big-name cast or a big space, director Peter Jensen and a top-notch creative team have crafted a compelling production blessed with an equally top-drawer cast...The cast handles Guirgis’s script, a mix of boiling profanity and elevated language, with remarkable naturalism...The acting, script, and direction, enhanced by evocative music, sound, and lighting and by Sherry Martinez’s dead-on costumes, are interlocking facets of a gem of a production." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"Stephen Adly Guirgis’ heartbreaking script about two f**kups trying hard not to f**k up again has great rhythms, capitalizing on hyper-specific details about New York City and linguistic clues that honor the Puerto Rican heritage of the show’s central characters...Director Peter Jensen builds patient early scenes with this compelling cast, with great, tragic payoff later in the show...The cohesion of this production is also due in no small part to the strong performances of the cast." Full Review

Off Off Online

"Guirgis’s unabashedly vulgar play explores themes of love, morality and choice in one of the most diverse cities in the world, New York...The play, one of Guirgis’s best, is both hilarious and thought-provoking...Director Peter Jensen keeps the production’s energy high, and scenic designer Miguel Urbino uses sets that are minimal yet functional...'The Motherf**er with the Hat' is a production you won’t want to miss." Full Review

Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You are ready for some great acting. You want to have a good laugh. You are not turned off by profanity. You have an open mind.

Don't see it if You do not want to laugh. You do not want to see a play about someone in recovery and their struggles. You are turned off by profanity.

Entertaining, Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You want to see a great story protrayed by great actors. See it if you want to be entertained.

Don't see it if Talk about sex troubles you. You want to see a musical or you're just a square.

Great acting, Must see, Edgy, Funny, Masterful

See it if If you like a cast that is Broadway-quality, and you don't mind that one of the themes of this play is getting down and dirty with cheating!

Don't see it if The word MOTHERF**KER bothers you ~ It's used a lot! If you think all married couples are faithful, forget-about-it. If you hate laughter :(

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious, Edgy

See it if I loved this play. All the actors were excellent. My first time seeing Bobby Cannavale. What a part and what an actor!

Don't see it if You don't like swearing. Lots of it here!

Edgy, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if I've seen the Chris Rock version on Broadway, loved it & wanted to see again. This cast was great. Intimate setting. Felt true & refreshing,

Don't see it if You're opposed to urban comedy, scantily-clad actors, cussing (LOOK AT THE TITLE!!!), tight seating, and if you're sat in the front-the food

Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Intense, Riveting

See it if You want to see a revival of a brilliant play with no name stars to sell it but this intimate space, no-frills production has huge impact.

Don't see it if You abhor raw language, ethnic accents, dramas about complex human beings struggling to overcome their flaws and having a rough go of it.

Also There is no one quite like Stephen Adly Guirgis on the scene these day... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You like smart clever theatre

Don't see it if You are easily offended by colorful language

Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Edgy

See it if you want to see some great actors with nuance and range.

Don't see it if up-close violence freaks you out?

Intelligent, Hilarious, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Entertaining

See it if You like stories about New York and funny, poignant characters who have a lot of flaws

Don't see it if You don't like bad language or gritty theatre.

Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy wonderful acting and a realistic and compassionate plot; you like being in a very small venue "up close and personal".

Don't see it if your idea of a great night at theater is a large theater with fancy scenery; you dislike foul language and uncomfortable sexual situations.

Also This was a wonderful production. The acting (perhaps one exception) wa... Read more Read less

Funny, Edgy, Great acting, Raunchy

See it if You like intimate theater experiences with excellent acting, interesting staging and difficult relationships. It's dark.

Don't see it if You don't like small spaces with strange seating arrangements, plays with lots of foul language and drug problems and sleeping around.

Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Edgy, Great writing

See it if you like being up close and personal with performers. The stage is the size of a postage stamp. See it for the great writing and acting.

Don't see it if violence and drug usage bother you. Don't see this if you want easy, happy endings or if all you are looking for is fluffy entertainment.

Also This was a wonderfully acted production. Each cast member made big, br... Read more Read less

Great acting, Edgy, Refreshing

See it if missed it on Broadway and want to see an excellent production of a really wonderful play

Don't see it if dislike bad language, adult themes,

Also I have seen other productions at T. Shreiber studios and they always d... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Funny, Relevant

See it if If you prefer to see the hard side to life. If your familiar with 12 step programs.

Don't see it if You are not comfortable with a lot of swearing and hate 12 step program discussion.

Absorbing, Funny, Intense

See it if You enjoy seeing a well directed well cast production of a provocative adult drama

Don't see it if you are easily offended by raw language

Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if you appreciate: complex relationships, how people can be their own worst enemies, that control is an illusion, and great f**king acting.

Don't see it if the foulest language you've ever heard on stage will offend you; you want clear good/bad guys and a tidy message.

Raunchy, Quirky, Entertaining, Great writing, Edgy

See it if great revival of a broadway show in a small intimate space.

Don't see it if don't like dark humor or need a happy ending

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You like dark comedies that are pertaining to addiction,love and friendships

Don't see it if You want to see something less serious or dark

Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Great staging, Resonant

See it if Intense human drama with a touch of great humor appeal to you

Don't see it if You want to see something fluffy with a neat ending

Great performances but the play's not all that

See it if you'd enjoy an intimate theater experience (only 3 rows of seats) & appreciate great acting even if there isn't much plot.

Don't see it if you want more than action & great acting in your theater experience. These characters are spiralling down; depressing.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you want to see a well written and well acted play. Guirgis' script is excellent and the actors do a fantastic job.

Don't see it if you don't like ethnic type stories or plays with drugs or adultery

Edgy, Funny, Raunchy, Intense, Relevant

See it if You would enjoy a dark comedy / drama about addicts sleeping around, suffering, philosophizing, and trying to improve themselves.

Don't see it if You are looking for a more polished performance. This was difficult material. The spunky young cast was better in some spots than others.

Great writing, Funny, Raunchy, Intense

See it if You like drama with a healthy dose of violence and humor. You like small, intimate, intense plays.

Don't see it if you want to avoid filthy language or infidelity; you've seen it before.

Funny, Great staging, Great writing, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you appreciate masterful set design and transcendent, sensitive, hilarious character acting (shout outs to Robby Ramos and Jill Bianchini).

Don't see it if drugs, foul language, anal sex & infidelity offend you. The three leads had heart and nice moments of truth, but their characters were flat.

Also T. Schreiber always picks profound plays and puts up high-value produc... Read more Read less

Edgy, Intense, Quirky, Raunchy

See it if you want to see a "smaller" production that is still very entertaining

Don't see it if you are offended by bad language

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