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"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
"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
"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
See it if You want to enjoy a great script and can ignore some poor casting choices.
Don't see it if You want the two leads to ring true. This director seems to have taken all the edge/street out of what should be two strong characters.
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.
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.
See it if You can tolerate a great play done wrong - unfortunately the direction & some of the performances are not up to Adly Guris's pace & ferocity
Don't see it if You have never seen this play - because it's really a masterpiece when done right & it would be wise to wait for a stronger production
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
See it if You like plays about tough issues like family, relationships, crime and drug/alcohol addiction. You like intense dialog, great dialog.
Don't see it if You are easily offended by raunchy language and very adult themes. A lot of cursing and sexual themes. You prefer light hearted shows.
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 :(
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
See it if Superb staging and directing, acting is ok but not front-row quality. I wish the same troupe chose to use better source material.
Don't see it if The script could use lots of cutting, it's way too reliant on rather obvious plot turns and the acting isn't good enough to cover for that.
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.
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.
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.