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The Motherf***ker With the Hat Review

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I'm a part time actor and part time writer living in Perth. I love being on stage. I love going out with friends, doesn't matter what we do
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Written by Stephen Adley Gurigis, Directed by Adam Mitchell and presented by Perth's Black Swan Theatre Company.

I will admit, going to see a theatre production with a title such as this, I didn't know what to expect.

Walking into the foyer of the Underground Theatre at the State Theatre Centre you are presented with many comfortable chairs to wait in and a man-made putting green, complete with balls and putters to use, you'd be mistaken in thinking golf was involved somewhere. You are also left wondering with warnings such as extremely frequent coarse language, drug use, adult themes and possible nudity, to name a few.

Walking into the theatre, the stage is set with what appears to be part of a very messy studio apartment on a large lazy susan. The production opens with the character Veronica arguing on the phone with her mother about the mother's current boyfriend, who has a face like a fish, making for some very funny one liners. Her boyfriend Jackie, who's been recently released from prison, arrives home with the news that he's found a job. He presents his girl with some gifts to celebrate and the two start to get down to 'business'. This is quickly deflated when Jackie finds a man's hat on one of the tables, which isn't his. An argument ensues with the two characters agreeing to go eat pie and discuss the hat.

[ADVERT]As the play progresses the audience is introduced to Ralph, Jackie's AA sponsor, a fast smooth-talking shifty vegan, his long suffering wife Victoria, who is secretly attracted to Jackie and Jackie's ever faithful stand-up cousin Julio, the typical family member who would always stand by Jackie, no matter what. All of these characters tell Jackie to leave Veronica, but Jackie is fighting an internal battle about the women he's loved since the eighth grade. Eventually it is revealed who the owner of the hat is, leading Jackie on the hunt for revenge, armed with a gun.

This production was very well presented, all performers remained in character, with the exception of a moment in the first scene, and you could see all the hard work they had been putting in. One fault was that there was a scene close to the end that did drag a little, and could possibly have been cut shorter without losing anything integral to the storyline. Mention must also be made of the backstage and the cast, who obviously worked backstage cleaning the apartment of Veronica without making any noise to distract from what the audience was watching.

The Motherf***ker with the Hat is playing as part of Perth's Fringe World Festival until February 3rd (the festival runs until Feb 24th) with shows on at various times and various days. More information on the show can be found at The Fringe World Festival website, with ticketing information at Ticketek.
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Why? Part of the Fringe World Festival Perth
When: Various days and times
Phone: 9227 6288
Where: Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre of WA
Cost: $40, groups of 8 $35
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