Page extent: 112
ISBN: 9781783198085
Binding: PaperBack

The Motherf**ker with the Hat

Stephen Adly Guirgis

PaperBack (10 Jun 2015)

Love and addiction in New York City.

Things are looking up for Jackie. He’s out of jail and staying clean thanks to his sponsor. He might even have found a job. And of course there’s Veronica, who he’s loved since 8th grade. Nothing could come between them – except a hat. Poetic, profane and hilarious, this whip-smart look at love and addiction finds light even in the darkest corners of New York City.

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ISBN13 9781783198085
Binding PaperBack
Page Extent 112


'Don’t be deterred by the title... combining sex-farce and high seriousness, it also has an exhilarating dash and bravura that put me in mind of the movies of Pedro Almodóvar... It is the gap between the often tawdry reality of the characters’ lives and their recognition of the values of loyalty, trust and duty that makes the play both funny and profound.' Guardian ★★★★

'Receptive theatre-goers will soon recognise this roller-coaster of colourful, bubbling language for the marvel it is and will, like me, be in raptures... This is a triumph for the National.' Evening Standard ★★★★★

 'What makes Hat more than just a foul-mouthed, fast-moving farce is that Mr. Guirgis's real subject turns out to be moral relativism. The impeccably sober Ralph D., who has swapped booze for fluorescent-colored nutritional beverages, preaches the gospel of AA with a convert's fervor, yet it doesn't stop him from doing whatever he wants to whomever he wants. Jackie, by contrast, has yet to master his self-destructive impulses, but at least he knows that the point of getting sober is not to become more efficient at taking advantage of other people: "Your – whaddyacallit – your world view? It ain't mine. And the day it is, that's the day I shoot myself in the head. I didn't get clean to live like that."... Don't let the stupid title put you off. If you do, you'll miss one of the best new plays to come to Broadway in ages.' Wall Street Journal

'The play that dare not speak its name turns out to have a lot to say. Stephen Adly Guirgis’s vibrant and surprisingly serious new comedy ... under a title that cannot be printed in most daily newspapers or mentioned on network television. This is vexing for those of us who would like to extol the virtues of The ___________ with the Hat, at least in public. (The title also seems to have created problems for the people trying to publicize the play.) This is by far the most accomplished and affecting work from the gifted Mr. Guirgis, a prolific and erratic chronicler of marginal lives.' New York Times