Taylor Mac's Bold Comedy 'Hir' Brings Many Issues To Broadway

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Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Tom Phelan (left), Cameron Scoggins (center) and Kristine Nielson (right) in Taylor Mac’s ‘Hir’ at Playwrights Horizons. Tom Phelan (left), Cameron Scoggins (center) and Kristine Nielson (right) in Taylor Mac’s ‘Hir’ at Playwrights Horizons. (Joan Marcus)

A downtown theater playwright, a sensational Broadway actress and a most unusual family are all part of the show called "Hir" (pronounced "here").

Playwright Taylor Mac is probably best known — to those who follow downtown theater, at least — as an androgynous singer and actor who appears in his own shows. But with "Hir," in which he does not appear, he’s advancing his career in a new direction. The family-in-crisis story involves a returning war veteran, an angry spouse and more than a little gender-bending.

New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood looks at this twice-extended bold comedy, which has been extended yet a third time to run through Jan. 3 at Playwrights Horizons.

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