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Odyssey Theatre Ensemble
Thru - Mar 17, 2019

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Odyssey Theatre Ensemble

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Los Angeles Times- Recommended

"...Feel free to read the absurdist goings-on as a depiction of patriarchy in decline, but don't expect it to be liberal claptrap. Everyone behaves abominably, and beliefs of all sorts are revealed to be half-formed and willfully insensitive. Humor tips into horror and back again, a seesaw experience fearlessly propelled by director Bart DeLorenzo and his actors."
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Daryl H. Miller

Stage and Cinema- Somewhat Recommended

"...Now at the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, Hir had its world premiere at Playwrights Horizon in 2015, engendering a rave in the The New York Times and going on to play internationally to enthusiastic reviews everywhere. I searched for other reviews because while the stated tone and subject matter of the show are what would normally be right up my alley, my own feelings about the show are decidedly mixed. So, I am puzzled. Is my lukewarm reaction a response to the play itself or to this production?"
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Samuel Garza Bernstein

Gia on the Move- Recommended

"...We are in tremendous upheaval and it's clear from this tiny little purview that things are not going well. We are finding it difficult to keep up with, sure necessary, but the nevertheless painful assault of changes. And we are overwhelmed by empathy, anger, disillusionment, compassion, and shock, as we try to navigate the muck of it all while trying to lodge the past in the past, but not being able to wipe it from our future, yet."
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Tracey Paleo

KCRW- Somewhat Recommended

"...By the time we get to the emotional climax, we've spent so much time poking fun at the patriarchy that it's demise isn't as shocking and profound as it should be. The deeper ideas are more profound than this play allows, the struggle more consequential."
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Anthony Byrnes

Stage Raw- Somewhat Recommended

"...Director Bart DeLorenzo, whose work is often playfully creative and visually stylish, seems constrained by the writing here. Thomas A. Walsh's set is impressive in its detailed untidiness, and the insulation on the roof of the house is a nice touch. Mac's dialogue is occasionally witty ("You can't wash plaid; it's its own kind of filth") but more often it's clunky and preachy. The characters may be deliberately symbolic, but that doesn't excuse Mac from failing to present them in an original and/or compelling way (the motif of Isaac repeatedly vomiting is especially tiresome). We've seen plays about toxic masculinity and the abused becoming abusers before."
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Terry Morgan

Theatre Notes- Highly Recommended

"...Taylor Mac, a MacArthur genius, is a titanic talent, and this staging of Hir is nothing short of brilliant."
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Paul Myrvold