THE MOTHERF**KER WITH A HAT
September 14 – October 7
216-032-3396 or www.dobama.org
Stephen Adly Guirgis’ poetically profane drama is more of a character study than a story you can hang your hat on. Still, it is the kind of raw, raucous, and riveting work that should not be missed.
To see a full review of this show, read Bob Abelman's News-Herald article here.
THE MOTHERF**KER WITH THE HAT, the play that dare not speak its name, has a lot to say. In spite of the almost immediate negative reaction of some people to the title, the production makes for a very compelling evening of theatre. Congrats to Dobama for not steering away from the script because of the title and the realistic language.
Playwright Stephen Adly Gurgis has a brilliant ear for dialogue and the idiosyncratic vernacular of urban lowlife. The raw language of the play is indigenous to its characters like second skin.
A phenomenal quintet of actors....capture the poetry, humor and heartache with unforgettable performances that kept me laughing while on the verge of tears.
To see a full review of this show, read Fran Heller's review at the Cleveland Jewish News
By the one-hour mark of this 100-minute play, verbosity overcomes all the sexy sizzle, leaving one jonesing for another hit like the earlier scenes provided. Happily, there is a small gem buried in all those latter words that makes the whole enterprise a net success.
Dobama Theatre's current production, “The Motherfucker with the Hat” by Stephen Adly Guirgis, is a well-written, well-acted, contemporary urban drama with humor. “The Motherfucker with the Hat” is a very good show which is, at its core, about things that aren't what they seem, and deciding which of our faults we're willing to live with.To see a full review of this show, read Marjorie Preston's blog Brava!.
Hats off to Dobama for doing edgy, thought-provoking work with the fearless authenticity of heart a playwright like Guirgis demands.
To see a full review of this show, visit Andrea Simakis' at Cleveland.com here.