The Mother F**ker with the Hat is now open at the Lyttelton, National Theatre.
Stephen Adly Guirgis’ play received six Tony nominations on Broadway and is Directed by Indhu Rubasingham. The show has done well consistently across the critics' board. Boasting four and five star reviews, we've pulled the best ones together below to give you an idea of what to expect.
This dark, New York-set comedy of modern manners combines virtuoso verbals and real anger.
The cast are just right for the parts: Flor De Liz Perez packs a formidable punch as the perfidious Veronica, Ricardo Chavira applies bull-like machismo and something sweetly asinine to the part of Jackie, Alec Newman is half-detestable, half-pitiable as the smooth-talking Ralph, while Nathalie Armin’s Victoria is like a tart cup of coffee blended with shards of glass. ★★★★
A blisteringly funny, raucously rude and unexpectedly tender play about love and addiction. It’s a staging that delivers both the giddying, verbal virtuosity of the play and the undertow of pain beneath it. ★★★★
The acting is first-rate, with particularly fine work from Perez as the mercurial Veronica and from Yul Vázquez as Jackie’s highly idiosyncratic cousin. This is a triumph for the National.★★★★★
Brash, expletive-ridden and unapologetic, The Motherf**ker with the Hat is a rough tumble through the dirty laundry of human weakness, dysfunctional relationships and callous self-preservation. With just five characters and three sets, it is a testament to the five distinctly excellent performers that intensity and focus is maintained throughout. ★★★★
The design alone makes it worth the visit. Robert Jones’s set declares the idiom of Stephen Adly Guirgis’s 2011 play. New York interiors zoom on rails towards the audience: two zigzag scarlet fire escapes; a hotel bedroom in Times Square; a lush conservatory in Washington Heights. Each scene slides out of darkness, is rowdily animated, then slips back into the night. Each is as vivid and fragmented as the lives of the addicts (hooked on drugs or on each other) captured in The Motherfucker With the Hat. ★★★★
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