THE MOTHERF**KER WITH A HAT
Any play with the F-bomb in the title reckons it’s more than a little bit edgy, so I was worried it might just be self-consciously cool and needlessly vulgar. Thankfully, my worries were utterly unfounded.
This play managed to be both young and fresh, as well as completely professional. Jackie, a former drug dealer, has just come out of prison and things are looking up. Until, that is, he finds the hat. Never before has an accessory caused so much havoc; from the moment he finds it, everything he thought he knew is called into question.
The experienced Australian cast nailed the street-wise American accents, and even the styling convinced us that we’d hopped on a plane and landed on the dodgy side of Chicago. The highlight was a touching scene between Jackie and his cousin Julio, which gave heart to the witty dialog and pacey action.
Tickets start at $25 for students, but if you go on a Wednesday it’s 2 for $30! I cannot recommend this highly enough - grab a mate, and for the equivalent of two overpriced beers in town I can guarantee you’ll both have a night you’ll remember. TAP Gallery is well worth a visit on its own- cafe by day and deliciously quirky bar by night, it has enough charm to make the play worth a go before the curtain is even up.