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Sam Shepard

Review: In 'Hir,' home is where the hurt is

Review: In 'Hir,' home is where the hurt is

Sam Shepard and Tracy Letts became Pulitzer Prize-winning playwrights for their deeply disturbing works about families rotting from within — Shepard for “Buried Child” and Letts for “August: Osage County.”

Taylor Mac, a Pulitzer finalist and newly minted MacArthur “genius grant” recipient, comes at the dysfunctional family in a different way in “Hir,” a black comedy getting its South Florida premiere at Island City Stage in Wilton Manors. Mac’s take on a family about to go nuclear blends realism and absurdism. In this version of a “kitchen-sink drama,” a dishonorably discharged Marine repeatedly barfs into a sink full of dirty dishes.

Staged by Island City artistic director...

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