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HIR by Taylor Mac, Directed by John Gerry


  • Location: Grand Theatre McManus Stage
    471 Richmond Street
    London ON N6A 3E4
  • Cost: ADVANCE: $25/$20 student DOOR: $30/$25 student
  • Time: 8:00 PM
  • Telephone: 519-672-9030

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 brother 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.

Taylor Mac’s hilarious and terrifying HIR is a dysfunctional family dramedy for a new era, a highly intelligent, tenderly heartfelt, and deeply, darkly humorous portrayal of a family in crisis, in which domestic abuse, the trauma of war, and the acceptance of gender neutrality are illustrated in a nearly absurd, emotionally gripping, intensely real dynamic.

“…sensational—in all senses of the word…[an] audacious and uproarious black comedy…Mac has his own gloriously skewed vision of the toxins fouling the American family from within, and in its avowedly loopy way, HIR reflects current concerns about the decline of the middle class, as well as the trauma war veterans endure…brilliant writing…” —NY Times.

“[HIR] harks back to a time when politically driven narratives were the rule, not the exception. HIR has a lot of ideas—necessary ideas, especially when it comes to flinging open closets in the ‘trans’ world…[and] the show is saved from potential proselytizing by Mac’s awareness that his arguments have to grow in complexity in order for his characters to grow.” —The New Yorker.

Dates & Times:

  • Thursday, December 6 - 8 PM (Preview/Talkback)
  • Friday, December 7 - 8 PM (Opening)
  • Saturday, December 8 - 2 PM (Matinee) & 8 PM
  • Sunday, December 9 - 2 PM
  • Wednesday, December 12 - 8 PM
  • Thursday, December 13 - 8 PM
  • Friday, December 14 - 8 PM
  • Saturday, December 15 - 2 PM (Matinee) & 8 PM (Closing)
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