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  Hir at Woolly Mammoth Theatre


Woolly Mammoth Theatre
641 D St NW Washington

Freed from her husband's oppression after he suffers a stroke, a suburban housewife lights the fuse on a revolt against patriarchy in Hir, aided by her newly liberated transgender son. But when her other son returns home from combat duty in Afghanistan, he's not exactly thrilled to find his family under siege from own mother. The New York Times raved "Perhaps no play this year inspired a greater sense of awe than Taylor Mac's audacious dive into the dysfunctional-family playpen of American theater." Check out the Woolly Mammoth production of this subversive comedy on stage in Washington, D.C.

Thru - Jun 18, 2017

Wednesdays: 8:00pm
Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 3:00pm & 8:00pm
Sundays: 2:00pm & 7:00pm

Box Office: 202-393-3939

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Washington Post - Recommended

"...One of the pleasures of "Hir" is that absolutely nothing is sacred. Whether it's Isaac's PTSD or Arnold's infirmity or Paige's sad efforts to find herself or even Max's struggle to claim a new identity, Mac's nihilistic perspective reminds you that all in this landscape of eternal sunshine is just a groping in the dark. In a larger sense, it's a whole country that's gotten lost in the clutter, a chaotic mess of a place where an ethos of rugged individualism has degenerated into abuse and selfishness. There's so little civility left in this intemperate domain that even the wasteful air conditioning is a battleground: An extended sequence has Paige and Isaac standing on a dirty couch to reach an even filthier cooling unit, as they fight ridiculously over the on-off button."
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Peter Marks

MetroWeekly - Recommended

"...There are a couple of ways to take Taylor Mac's Hir. On its face, it's a tragicomic look at gender identity and roles, both traditional and enlightened, in a beleaguered family - one in which everyone is struggling for acceptance and validation. But from another, arguably more interesting vantage, it is the anatomy of the American family in crisis."

Kate Wingfield

BroadwayWorld - Highly Recommended

"...HIR is the conscientious absurdist's guide to confronting "the world order." It's crazy watchable, like some kind of substantive, impactful, topsy-turvy sitcom. Mac's characters are flamboyant and talk very loud about all the things that our parents told us not to discuss in public. And it's wonderful!"
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Jenny Minich

DC Metro Theater Arts - Highly Recommended

"...Hir is not just a very funny play, but a very important one, showing us lives that are so different and strange, but also more familiar than we may care to admit."
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David Gerson

MD Theatre Guide - Highly Recommended

"...The production is also impressively well-cast. Emily Townley is irrepressible as Paige, and expertly communicates the character's complexity. Awestruck by Max's observations on gender and sexuality, she snaps her fingers and yells things like "paradigm shift!" Sporting green hair and a teenage 'tude, Malic White is similarly perfect as Max. Ze is sulking and defensive one minute, and angry with arms out-flung the next. While the script pokes gentle fun at Max's grandstanding, it's clear that ze is the catalyst for change in the family."
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Norah Dick

Theatre Bloom - Recommended

"...We are all proof and conjecture. But proof of what? And conjecture of what? The human condition? Gender non-binary fluidity? Who can say with the plethora of topics being tackled in Obie Award-Winning playwright Taylor Mac's Hir, now appearing on stage to conclude Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company's 37th season. Directed by Shana Cooper, this edgy and evocative powder-keg of a conversation starter falls well within the wheelhouse of the sort of productions that the theatre is known for, but ultimately begs the question of: Can you do more harm than good for your cause if you aren't careful how you handle everything else around your primary subject matter?"
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Amanda Gunther

DCTheatreScene - Highly Recommended

"...The real scene-stealer for me, however, is Townley's Paige. As a woman recently out from under her husband's authoritarian thumb, we simultaneously revel in her newfound freedom and cringe at her cruelty. She's a woman who's trying to create a better life for herself and her children but also can be just as dictatorial as her husband, even if it's in the opposite direction."
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