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Summary

Addiction, pain, and explosive tempers are not exactly what you’d call the ingredients for a side-splitting comedy. Yet Steven Adly Guiguis has created a profane, hilarious masterpiece that earned a “hatful” of theatrical accolades in 2011, including a Drama Desk award for Outstanding Actor in a Play for Bobby Cannavale. Stars the original Broadway cast: Chris Rock, Bobby Canavale, Annabella Sciorra, Elizabeth Rodriguez and Yul Vazquez.

A 2011 Tony Award nominee for Best Play.

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring:

Chris Rock as Ralph D.

Bobby Cannavale as Jackie

Elizabeth Rodriguez as Veronica

Annabella Sciorra as Victoria

Yul Vázquez as Cousin Julio

Directed by Jace Alexander. Recorded by L.A. Theatre Works before a live audience.

©2013 L.A. Theatre Works (P)2013 L.A. Theatre Works

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Pure entertainment. Delightful to listen to

Just get it. You will laugh, cry and laugh some more. The performances are excellent- not one flat note to be heard. Fantastic script that is character driven and all focused on Jackie growing up. I really enjoyed this play and can't think of why anyone else wouldn't get a kick out of the characters, the plot and the themes in the story 👌🏾

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Emotional Rollercoaster

I have listened to this dramatization many times. I have even invited my friends to listen to it with me because I enjoy it so much. It is a rollercoaster of emotions, which set you off having to listen to some load mouth crass women, central character, spouting off to her man and changing her tone to suit his answers. This sets the scene. It transcends to emotions from aggressive, explosive, loud mouth obscenities to threats, fearful anxieties and every emotion you can think of and - you are laughing at it! The actors are amazing at pulling off this story, so good in fact you can see them acting it out before your very eyes. You can feel every expression, visualise every guesture. Amazing talent, good story, with great twist in the tale. Fun to listen to. Well worth your money. Enjoy

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  • Author, Copper Smith
  • 07-11-21

Brilliantly written, stunningly performed

You’d have a hard time finding a better collection of performances than this. This is contemporary theatre at its very best!

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  • 24-05-20

Just what I needed!

I desperately wanted to see this play when it came to Broadway, but was not able to make it to NYC. It was awesome to be able to hear this rendition, which is just like being in the audience. I was finally able to answer the question as to who is the m#thafu*$a with the hat!

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  • 06-04-20

Next Best Thing to Live

I wanted to see this show in person but couldn't. Listening was the next best thing! Absolutely brilliant performances!

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  • 14-03-20

Good Repetitive Good Night Story

At some point in my mid 40s I realized I actually still like both bedtime stories and performance narratives. In combination with great actors, realistic characters, and fairly good humor this story has become a favorite. It is for mature audiences which I appreciate and the vulgarity reminds me of my community. If you’re interested in dainty or classical theater you may want to pass on this one, but if you like grit and edgy storylines about everyday MFs prepare for a listen so fun you may find yourself “fiending” for more.

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  • 16-12-16

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this was unexpected. I really enjoyed it. If you are not sure about what book to listen to this is a good one.

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  • Gilmore Girls FOREVER!
  • 26-05-22

Definitely Worth the Listen

While it was entertaining and extremely interesting to see the relationships between the characters, I don’t think there was enough depth to warrant a 5 rating. Also, if you haven’t seen the show, as I haven’t, a few unspoken things which occur can be a bit confusing. I looked up the ending to get a fuller picture. The acting is superb as you’d expect from the strong cast. I love plays, used to read them all the time as a kid. For me, particularly given the length, it was definitely worth the time and the few dollars. I’d probably rate it a 4.5 overall

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  • April Gonzalez
  • 12-05-22

Very real and very raw!

Very relatable. It was real and raw but still had it's moments of being hilarious.

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  • 01-03-21

Splendid!

What a great story! And, funny too! I played Jackie in a scene study class and learned a monologue of his from this play. It's a delight listening to it and hearing that character come to life.

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  • Jocey
  • 12-09-20

slice of life

I really enjoyed the performance. The story was realistic to me and it was funny.

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  • A.L. Emery III
  • 14-02-20

wow

this was very good, well acted an written. I was pleased with the sound quality as well.