Guirgis’s characters are strivers who lack the language to “pass” in a white-collar world; they’re frustrated by limitations that they’re only half aware of, and that frustration provides much of the painful hilarity in their dialogue, which piles miscommunication on top of misunderstanding.
In Guirgis’s seventh full-length play, “The Motherf**ker with the Hat” (at the Gerald Schoenfeld), audience members are treated to the author’s customary craftsmanship and themes, but his characters’ interior lives feel a little more considered than they have in the past. K., like, please, alls I’m gonna say, Ma, when you see him tonight: Take a moment. Take a real good look and just ax yourself in all honesty, ‘Do I wanna fuck him or fry him up with a little adobo and paprika? He’s high on his new job at Fed Ex and on his love for Veronica, which hasn’t abated since they first met, as teen-agers.
Francis Ford Coppola disses Robert De Niro, Jack Nicholson and Al Pacino in a surprising critique of three of America's greatest actors.
No slouch himself, Coppola directed Pacino in "The Godfather" and Pacino and De Niro in "Godfather II," and was uncredited when directing Nicholson in the Roger Corman horror flick "The Terror." But in the new GQ magazine, Coppola reveals that he's disappointed in the three as they've gotten older — and richer.
He's coming out with an art film, "Youth Without Youth," for the first time in 10 years, a period when he has mostly executive-produced daughter Sofia 's pictures and, ironically, De Niro's "The Good Shepherd" last year. " said the "Daddy's Little Girls" star, no slouch herself, at Marquee Monday night.
The hype for Guirgis's foulmouthed, clear-eyed and clenched-fisted drama has mostly revolved around the theatrical debut of comedian Chris Rock."Nicholson was — when I met him and worked with him — he was always kind of a joker. He's intelligent, always wired in with the big guys and the big bosses of the studios. Some might ask Coppola how he has challenged himself lately.He admits he has been focused on his vineyard and on his resorts in Belize and Guatemala.But “The Motherf**ker with the Hat” builds on the strength of those plays and then surpasses them. As the play opens, Veronica is doing lines of coke while cleaning the apartment and talking to her mother on the phone. K., look, for the last time, my opinion, you’re still a good-lookin’ woman with a huge, lovin’ heart and you’re not hard to please—clearly—but you’re dating a fuckin’ big-time loser with a head like a actual fuckin’ fish! She’s been seeing someone else, but won’t say whom.From the beginning of this elegiac, exhilarating, hundred-minute, intermissionless work, which is surely handled by the director Anna D. She feels that her mother is too strung out, and that she’s wasting time with the wrong man, and she’d like to get her into rehab. Is it their downstairs neighbor, the motherfucker with the hat? Meanwhile, Ralph’s bitter, disaffected wife, Victoria (Annabella Sciorra), has the hots for Jackie—though you get the sense that she’d be into any man who paid her some attention.