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Members say: Edgy, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Funny, Clever

About the show

Playwrights Horizons presents a comedy about a former housewife forging a deliriously liberated world for her children: Isaac, a former Marine; and Max, who is sculpting a third-sex gender identity for hirself. More…

Somewhere in the suburbs, Isaac has returned from the wars (under dubious circumstances) to help take care of his ailing father, only to discover a household in revolt. His mom, Paige, is a former housewife, recently liberated from an oppressive marriage. With Isaac’s newly out transgender brother, the tender, jaded, Max, as her ally, Paige is 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.

Member Reviews (61)


Edgy, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Funny, Clever
Avg Score

Middling, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if overall entertaining enough. The theme is current.

Don't see it if overacted. Issue that's been done to death lately and not in a particularly original way.

Overrated, Derivative, Confused, Obvious, Disappointing

See it if you are a subscriber to Playwrights Horizons and can's use the tickets for another production. One of PH's worst shows ever!

Don't see it if you want to keep the ticket money in your wallet and want to do something meaningful with the two hours you will waste at "Hir."

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Dizzying, Edgy

See it if Entertaining performances, deftly satirizing today's gender politics. At times laugh out loud funny.

Don't see it if Ultimately doesn't really go anywhere, though all the trendiest terms are name-checked. Not sure what Mac was trying to say.

Dizzying, Edgy, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if This is not a show for everyone. I was confused and uncomfortable at first, but the second act crystallized everything.

Don't see it if You're easily offended, or are uncomfortable with gay or transgender topics.

Funny, Great staging, Edgy, Original, Relevant

See it if you want to explore cracking family dynamics.

Don't see it if you like conventional kitchen sink family dramas.

Funny, Edgy, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if you are comfortable exploring issues of gender and sexuality / you like a dark, dark comedy that will still make you laugh

Don't see it if you are stuck on the gender binary / you are looking for simple answers

Absorbing, Intense, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Original

See it if edgy, black comedy about modern families falling apart is appealing. Excellent performances and a twisted script make for great theatre.

Don't see it if you're a fan of traditional family values.

Awkward, Over-the-top, Shouty, Stereotypical

See it if Coming-out and transgender themes are very important to you; you like over-the-top exaggerated acting or are a Kristine Nielsen fan

Don't see it if You prefer your socio-personal statements to be more than one-dimensional and that characters are people first and stereotypes second

Clever, Resonant, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you like a great, relevant, and modern story with excellent actors (Kristine Neilsen)

Don't see it if you have narrow views.

Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Raunchy, Great acting

See it if u want original personas and inspired family disfunction. Beyond dysfunction -- what's the phrase? I had a high-bouncing ball of a time.

Don't see it if Kristine Nielsen is beyond your appreciation. Hey, who are you? She's hilarious, toughing, truly fantastic. Great cast and prod all-round.

Hilarious, Edgy, Great staging, Quirky, Relevant

See it if you want to see a provocative, original comedy with an amazing set design that perfectly mirrors the conflicts of the characters.

Don't see it if you are transphobic.

Edgy, Quirky, Funny, Original

See it if Gender fluidity

Don't see it if Dead set against gender issues

Ambitious, Funny, Intelligent, Must see

See it if you enjoy ambitious theatre, and are a fan of the work of Taylor Mac.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy a text heavy script.

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Hilarious, Intelligent

See it if spectacular acting and great play

Don't see it if lots of sexual politics

Ambitious, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Politically charged

See it if You like edgy material. You like absurdist humor. You like feminist empowerment. You like great acting.

Don't see it if You like safe material.

Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Left at intermission, Cringe-worthy

See it if you like repetitive, cringe-y performances, a plot that has "deep" content but fails to deliver, if you love all things LGBTQ.

Don't see it if an extremely (intentionally) messy set will horrify the neat freak inside you - if so, you won't be able to see past that into the play.

Thought-provoking, Original, Quirky, Intense, Funny

See it if want to see characters you haven't seen before and a difficult topic handled in a way you wouldn't expect. Dis-functionality at its best.

Don't see it if don't like to think too much. You have to see beyond the setup to feel the painful situation they are all in. Although funny it's not easy

Exquisite, Great writing, Hilarious, Must see, Profound

See it if you want a thrilling, unflinching, and big-hearted entry into the big questions we need to ask about queerness, the left, and the future

Don't see it if you want something more conservative

Ambitious, Great writing, Relevant

See it if you like shows that discuss current issues. Also, if you're a fan of Taylor Mac. Powerful show.

Don't see it if you're not someone who likes theatre to test you.

Great staging, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You like boundary-pushing, intelligent plays that will get you thinking.

Don't see it if You prefer to see plays that aren't so quirky.

Edgy, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Profound, Relevant

See it if you are interested in gender identity. One of the most brilliant plays I have seen in the past ten years in NYC.

Don't see it if you don't want to be open to thinking about things in a new and different way.

Edgy, Great acting, Masterful, Intense, Dark humour

See it if you want to see a great new play that is thoughtfully written and deals with contemporary issues.

Don't see it if you don't like absurdist theatre, dark humour and stories dealing with mental illness.

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Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Must see, Profound

See it if You'd like an hilarious comedy with profound things to say about gender and justice

Don't see it if Really, I can't think of a reason not to rush to this show

Intelligent, Relevant, Ambitious, Disappointing, Original

See it if you're interested in strong writing and very original ideas.

Don't see it if you like nuance in performance - two of the four performances were over the top and undermined the power of the play.

Ambitious, Clever, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you are a fan of Taylor Mac's work, you want your assumptions about gender challenged, you want a breathless display of theatrical heroism.

Don't see it if You don't want your assumptions about gender challenged; you are triggered by issues of abuse, or can't handle someone simulating vomiting.

November 8th, 2015
"Mr. Mac’s audacious and uproarious black comedy, which opened 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...What is remarkable about 'Hir' is not its woolly, dark vision of an Ame...
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November 8th, 2015
"Patently metaphorical and threaded with nervy satire, 'Hir' at times suggests a modern inversion of David Rabe’s 'Sticks and Bones'...It has a ringing voice all its own, however, and formidable broad-mindedness in its sympathies (and its jabs). The upstairs theater at Playwrights Horizons may be...
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November 8th, 2015
"In his other work, Mac’s maximalism has almost always paid off, not only in terms of gorgeous maquillage and feats of endurance but in his ambition for theater as a communal tool. But here, the huge kaleidoscope of attempted analysis — gender, class, political, aesthetic — makes it difficult to ...
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November 8th, 2015
"Change, physical and otherwise, is at the center of 'Hir'... 'Hir' has a lot of ideas—necessary ideas, especially when it comes to flinging open closets in the 'trans' world—which spill over the edges of the play, but I wouldn’t take much out in order to make the show dramaturgically tighter or ...
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