John Craig Johnson

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The Motherf**ker with the Hat

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Wednesday May 28, 2014 / 7:30pm
The Motherf**ker with the Hat
2 tickets
Section C - Economy
4040 Twiggs Street
San Diego, CA 92110

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Cygnet Theater produces some of the best live drama to be found anywhere. The Motherf**ker with the Hat is no exception. I probably would have never gone to see this production had it gone up in another venue, but I went based solely on my experience at Cygnet (I have seen everything they've produced since Assassins, gong multiple times for some shows). As I expected, I was not disappointed this time around. TMWTH is a well-respected and groundbreaking contemporary work that packs nonstop punches, kicks, and holds to its audience's head, heart, and gut. It's gritty, in-your-face, no-holds-barred, down and dirty theater. If this work were an athletic event, it would be an MMA cage fight. It starts strong and is unrelenting in its pursuit to destroy your mind and heart, alternating comedic and dramatic blows, both intellectual and visceral. It keeps you on your toes guessing where the next jab is coming from. And you won't guess. This is what makes the work a brilliant piece of theater. And I loved it. More surprisingly, the distinctly graying and white haired audience loved it as well. And THAT is a tribute and testament to the world-class work that Cygnet consistently does. Very few in the audience, myself included, would have been engaged enough to read past the first few pages of the script. But the ACTING. This committed ensemble cast went there. They didn't just go there, they set up house and lived it. And they did so in a way that invited, or compelled, the souls in the seats to join them in a world that was way outside most of our comfort zones. This is what great theater does. Bravi tutti to the brilliant actors, directors, designers, crew, and administration who brought this work to San Diego. If you're open minded and brave enough to enter into the grimy complexities lived in some of NYC's (or any major city's) 'hoods you'll leave feeling more compassionately human and mentally alive.