The Mother With Hat
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The Mother With the Hat is a play written by Stephen Adly Guirgis. The subjects the script deals with circles around the most popular themes in storytelling—love, haberdashery and fidelity. The production is fairly new, having staged for the first time only in 2011 at the “Gerald Schoenfeld Theater” in New York City. Following its earlier success, it has returned to stage for a second season for which cheap The Mother With the Hat tickets are also available.
The story of the play revolves around Jackie, a drug dealer who has recently been released from prison and is now to become part of the workforce. He goes home to Veronica, his girlfriend who he finds is still using drugs including cocaine. In her apartment, he also finds a hat which he does not recognize and then assumes that she is cheating on him. This gives him even more problems to deal with in his life that is already in a downward spiral, thus he turns to Ralph D., his parole counselor. Ralph has relationship problems of his own with his wife unhappy in their marriage and his habits.
As the story progresses, Jackie attains a gun and is advised by Ralph to hide it with someone else. Thus his cousin Julio becomes its safe keeper. In the meantime, it is revealed that Veronica was indulging in an ongoing affair with Ralph; one that had begun while Jackie was still in prison. An angry Jackie retrieves the gun from Julio and returns the hat to Ralph throws it to the floor and fires it. He then goes over to Veronica’s place in a drunken state, yelling at her for cheating even though they had been together since high school. Things get heated up and when Jackie starts to shout, Veronica strikes him with a bat. He then takes refuge at Julio’s place who promises to help him in confronting Ralph. The two men end up brawling, their friendship going to the dogs, and his relationship with Veronica seemingly ending forever as he goes back to prison for breaking parole.
The play was first premiered on the 11 of April 2011 with Bobby Cannavale taking on the role of Jackie. Hollywood actor and comedian Chris Rock made his Broadway debut with the role of Ralph. Elizabeth Rodriguez played Veronica, Veronica Sciorra took on Victoria and Yul Vazquez portrayed the role of Julio. Anna D. Shapiro was the director for the play in its first season. The music was composed by Terence Blanchard, Donald Holder was in charge of lighting and Todd Rosenthal of set design.
When the play was first showcased, it received largely mixed reviews from critics. Columnists and bloggers based in New York gave it a B- at best. The “Wall Street Journal”, however, did have a few good things to say about the play as well. It commented on the play emphasizes on moral relativism by presenting different situations in which the characters are not easily seen in black and white. Ralph D, for example, might be the group leader and counselor in the AA and has made changes to his lifestyle, but that has by no means put him in a moral pedestal and he backstabs someone who considers him a friend. Jackie, on the other hand, is fighting his strong impulses to self-destruct but realizes that is he wants to be sober; he cannot take advantage of other people. The Journal went on to call the play one of the best new productions to come to New York in a long time.
The New York Times” mentioned how having a profanity in the title might make it difficult for it to write about in the daily paper or mention it on the television. This has also made publicity quite tricky which might be limiting from a marketing point of view. But they did mention how this could be Guirgis’ most prolific work for it deals with the marginal lives of complex characters.
The play is returning this season in the hopes that it will attain its potential gross return when it struggled in the previous year. A big reason for the plummeting sales was said to be the lack in promotional opportunities because of the name. Still, the play is becoming more known to audiences beyond New York as well. It is a wonderful opportunity for people to see something new and fresh if they are sick of remakes of musicals from years ago. Buying cheap The Mother With the Hat tickets will definitely be worth it.
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