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hir #2020

hir Discharged from the Marines under suspicious circumstances Isaac comes home from the wars only to find the life he remembers upended Isaac s father who once ruled the family with an iron fist has

  • Title: hir
  • Author: Taylor Mac
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 224
  • Format: Paperback
  • hir By Taylor Mac, Discharged from the Marines under suspicious circumstances, Isaac comes home from the wars, only to find the life he remembers upended Isaac s father, who once ruled the family with an iron fist, has had a debilitating stroke his younger sister, Maxine, is now his brother, Max and their mother, Paige, is committed to revolution at any cost Determined to be free of anyDischarged from the Marines under suspicious circumstances, Isaac comes home from the wars, only to find the life he remembers upended Isaac s father, who once ruled the family with an iron fist, has had a debilitating stroke his younger sister, Maxine, is now his brother, Max and their mother, Paige, is committed to revolution at any cost Determined to be free of any responsibility toward her formerly abusive husband or the home he created Paige fervently believes she can lead the way to a new world order Hir, Taylor Mac s subversive comedy, leaves many of our so called normative and progressive ideas about gender, families, the middle class and cleaning in hilarious and ultimately tragic disarray.

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      Published :2020-03-21T13:01:07+00:00

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    1. Incisive and cutting Hir raises important questions about family gender America The dialogue was witty and interesting, and hilarious.

    2. This is a play about moving with the times and charging ahead into the unknown Taylor Mac ventures into the themes of identity, whether it s through gender, sexuality or personal renewal, with surreal humor and a tough love attitude His is a powerful voice for queer theatre.

    3. only minor flaw is that Mac often over explains to the director actor audience just trust people will get it ultimately doesn t take away from what a force this play is.

    4. There were some funny absurd lines in this, but much of it reads plays as a lecture about gender politics, the family and war there is really very little dramatic action unless you count constant vomiting as such It sounded interesting, from the reviews I read of the premiere production at the Magic Theatre in SF, but not terribly sorry I skipped it.

    5. actual rating 3.5This was quite the play Mac produces a tumbling, near absurd environment for his play to fill in hir In his note at the beginning of the script, Mac says thatthis should be absurd realism a realistic scenario taken all the way to the absurd outcome plausibility and absurdity at one and the same time The family and house feel the same, ramshackle, desperate, falling apart Isaac and Paige face off throughout hir in desperation each of them trying to heal their damaged souls with a [...]

    6. 3.5This comedy is so dark it s basically invisible Isaac, a war veteran, returns to his home to find his dad s had a stroke, his mom s had a revelation, and his sibling Max is taking testosterone and using gender nonconforming pronouns hence the title of this play Add Isaac s PTSD and a drug related dishonorable discharge and you ve got a pretty rough homecoming Mom Paige is using Max s coming out as a way to come out herself, as a woman embracing life and revenge She wholeheartedly jumps into a [...]

    7. Lost versus GoneA family collapses because of truths they hate Parts are left in heaps Identities are mangled and thrown against the wall It s hard not to laugh, but it s not safe to cry This is a beautifully realized tragedy, in which everyone might be left standing, but it s not clear whether that s a good thing or a bad thing.

    8. The playwright describes this as absurd realism and I cannot think of any better way to describe it as it is very absurd, but parts are also very human.

    9. An interesting, funny, but somewhat overstuffed play involving PTSD, gender questioning, stroke, family chaos, and so on The author describes it as a kitchen sink play and he wasn t kidding it actually figures prominently I did learn a new term cisgender , meaning you identify as the sex your were assigned at birth.

    10. I wanted to like this play However, unlike several of the plays I have read recently, Hir lacks subtlety and nuance Too often, subtext functions as texts, which is a shame I may read this play again because I suspect my response is a little too severe Although for now, I am left feeling disappointed.

    11. An absolutely deranged upending of the traditional dysfunctional family drama Patriarchy on trial in a clownish but dead serious way.

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