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The Motherf--ker with the Hat

By: Stephen Adly Guirgis
Narrated by: Bobby Cannavale,Chris Rock,Elizabeth Rodriguez,Annabella Sciorra,Yul Vazquez
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Publisher's Summary

Addiction, pain, and explosive tempers are not exactly what you’d call the ingredients for a side-splitting comedy. Yet Steven Adly Guiguis has created a profane, hilarious masterpiece that earned a "hatful" of theatrical accolades in 2011, including a Drama Desk award for Outstanding Actor in a Play for Bobby Cannavale. Stars the original Broadway cast: Chris Rock, Bobby Canavale, Annabella Sciorra, Elizabeth Rodriguez and Yul Vazquez.

A 2011 Tony Award nominee for Best Play.

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring:

Chris Rock as Ralph D.

Bobby Cannavale as Jackie

Elizabeth Rodriguez as Veronica

Annabella Sciorra as Victoria

Yul Vázquez as Cousin Julio

Directed by Jace Alexander. Recorded by L.A. Theatre Works before a live audience.

©2013 L.A. Theatre Works (P)2013 L.A. Theatre Works

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chris l

this was unexpected. I really enjoyed it. If you are not sure about what book to listen to this is a good one.

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it was ok

it was funny and on point and quick but otherwise nothing outstanding. I know it's ironic but there didn't need to be that much swearing

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Superb voice acting from Bobby Cannavale!

Listening to this play felt like watching a movie. I have liked Bobby Cannavale in everything I have ever seen him appear in, but his passionate performance in The Motherf--ker with the Hat cemented him as a top tier actor in my mind.

The story of Jackie, a deeply flawed ex-con who seems to subconsciously sabotage every good thing in his life, was interesting throughout. Tons of drama, humor, and some thought provoking morality questions made this Audible play extremely enjoyable.

Chris Rock's performance was also stellar.

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Pursuit of American Dream

Very well performed and short, gripping story! Seems crude but the crudeness is underlined by a story of pursuit of the American Dream.

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Brilliantly written, stunningly performed

You’d have a hard time finding a better collection of performances than this. This is contemporary theatre at its very best!

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Just what I needed!

I desperately wanted to see this play when it came to Broadway, but was not able to make it to NYC. It was awesome to be able to hear this rendition, which is just like being in the audience. I was finally able to answer the question as to who is the m#thafu*$a with the hat!

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Next Best Thing to Live

I wanted to see this show in person but couldn't. Listening was the next best thing! Absolutely brilliant performances!

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Good Repetitive Good Night Story

At some point in my mid 40s I realized I actually still like both bedtime stories and performance narratives. In combination with great actors, realistic characters, and fairly good humor this story has become a favorite. It is for mature audiences which I appreciate and the vulgarity reminds me of my community. If you’re interested in dainty or classical theater you may want to pass on this one, but if you like grit and edgy storylines about everyday MFs prepare for a listen so fun you may find yourself “fiending” for more.

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Third listening is the best so far.

First listen: Hysterical.
Second: Admiring.
Third: Touchingly poignant.
Fourth listening is Inevitable.

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it was great

the performance matched the complexity giving the topic depth and facets for the characters to explore

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  • 01-07-20

Pure entertainment. Delightful to listen to

Just get it. You will laugh, cry and laugh some more. The performances are excellent- not one flat note to be heard. Fantastic script that is character driven and all focused on Jackie growing up. I really enjoyed this play and can't think of why anyone else wouldn't get a kick out of the characters, the plot and the themes in the story 👌🏾

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  • mollymoon1
  • 01-15-15

Emotional Rollercoaster

I have listened to this dramatization many times. I have even invited my friends to listen to it with me because I enjoy it so much. It is a rollercoaster of emotions, which set you off having to listen to some load mouth crass women, central character, spouting off to her man and changing her tone to suit his answers. This sets the scene. It transcends to emotions from aggressive, explosive, loud mouth obscenities to threats, fearful anxieties and every emotion you can think of and - you are laughing at it! The actors are amazing at pulling off this story, so good in fact you can see them acting it out before your very eyes. You can feel every expression, visualise every guesture. Amazing talent, good story, with great twist in the tale. Fun to listen to. Well worth your money. Enjoy