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.
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."
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
See it if spectacular acting and great play http://frontmezzjunkies.com/2015/12/14/she-and-zeher-and-hir-fighting-the-manhim/
Don't see it if lots of sexual politics
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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