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2 to 25 Au­gust, Her­ald Theatre Auck­land The New Zealand pre­miere of New York play­wright Tay­lor Mac’s ab­sorb­ing black com­edy (2015). Plot: Isaac re­turns home from a three­year stint in Afghanistan to dis­cover his subur­ban fam­ily en­gaged in a war of its own. His mother has lib­er­ated her­self from pa­tri­ar­chal ideas of clean­ing and cook­ing, his si­b­ling is tran­si­tion­ing and im­pa­tient to leave the world around hir (now his/her pre­ferred gen­der pro­noun) and his once dom­i­nant fa­ther is in a ne­glected heap in the corner be­ing force-fed oe­stro­gen-laden smooth­ies. “HIR light­ens the weight of gen­der the­ory, places it in a fam­ily home and then det­o­nates it. Shrap­nel flies ev­ery­where,” says a re­view in The Guardian. Star­ring Rima Te Wi­ata last seen in the movie Hunt for the Wilder­peo­ple. silothe­atre.co.nz

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