Hir OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NEW YORK THEATRE WIRE

  • Opening Night:
    October 16, 2015
    Closing:
    January 3, 2016

    Theater: Playwrights Horizons / 416 West 42nd Street, New York, NY, 10036

    Synopsis: 

    Somewhere in the suburbs, Isaac has returned from the wars to help take care of his ailing father, only to discover a household in revolt. The insurgent: his mom. Liberated from an oppressive marriage, with Isaac’s newly out transgender sibling as her ally, she’s on a crusade to dismantle the patriarchy. But in Taylor Mac’s sly, subversive comedy, annihilating the past doesn’t always free you from it.

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  • NEW YORK THEATRE WIRE REVIEW OF Hir

    ‘Hir’ Sorts Through a Family in Transition

    Charles Isherwood

    November 8, 2015: You may think you’ve seen just about every variation on the dysfunctional family play. Adultery? Check. Sexual abuse? Check. Drug addiction, incest, alcoholism. Check, check and — yawn — check. I’m here to tell you that unless you’ve seen “Hir,” the sensational — in all senses of the word — play by Taylor Mac, you cannot consider yourself an authority on this ever-enduring genre of American theater. Mr. Mac’s audacious and uproarious black comedy, which opened on Sunday at Playwrights Horizons in a crackling production, makes even the more extreme angst-amidst-the-chintz plays seem like demure drawing-room comedies of the 1950s.

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