The Motherf***er with the Hat premiered on Broadway in 2011, with Bobby Cannavale and Chris Rock as a just-released drug offender and the AA sponsor who’s trying to keep him clean. Stephen Adly Guirgis’ macho play is sort of about the challenges of recovery, but the dark comedy is more cynically about being dragged down by the awful people you surround yourself with. Rudy Ru and Jar Are Adams are the leads in director Jonathan Pitts-Wiley’s production for Epic Theatre Company, though Nicholas Menna steals every scene he’s in as the dealer’s flamboyant meathead cousin. The two female characters are both severely underwritten, though actress Jackie Aguirre projects a lot of nervous energy as the protagonist’s coke-addled girlfriend.
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