Barebones Black Box Theater
May 11 – 26
8 p.m.

barebones productions is about to rewrite the book on the family dramedy.

Attending a production at the newly-renovated Barebones Black Box in Braddock is an engaging and thoughtful experience that goes beyond standard theater fare (hint: grab dinner at Superior Motors), and “HIR” continues the company’s commitment to exploring bold stories and social themes on stage.

Audiences will meet Mac’s inimitable cast of characters: “Paige, a wife and mother liberated from an oppressive and abusive marriage; Max, her newly out transgender teen; and Isaac, Max’s PTSD-addled older brother, who discovers a brand new war zone when he comes home from Afghanistan.”

In the universe of HIR, family drama encompasses everything from male privilege, clown makeup and hormones, to the trauma of war and gender neutrality.

Directed by barebones’ founder Patrick Jordan, the production features theater veteran Helena Ruoti as Paige. Making his barebones debut as Max is Liam Ezra Dickinson, a young actor who recently completed a gender transition.

An NYC-based writer, performance artist and director, Mac — who uses the lowercase gender pronoun “judy” — received a MacArthur ”Genius Grant” in 2017.

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Jennifer BaronArts & Entertainment / Jobs Editor

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...