One thing about the provocative title of stephen adly guirgis' "the (expletive) with the hat," it minces no words. "it announces itself," agreed martha lavey, artistic director of steppenwolf theatre company. "you can't walk in surprised." no indeed. and steppenwolf theatre delivers a stunning chicago-area premiere of this funny and unflinching urban fable about addiction and sobriety, love and jealousy, trust and betrayal.
"The (expletive) with the Hat"★ ★ ★
Location: Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St., Chicago, (312) 335-1650, steelbeamtheatre.com
Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through March 3. Also 2 p.m. Feb. 6, 13 and 20. No 7:30 p.m. performance Feb. 10, 17 and 24
Parking: Metered street parking and a pay garage
Running time: 100 minutes, no intermission
Rating: For adults, includes strong language, sophisticated themes