Bush Theatre


15 Jun 2017 - 22 Jul 2017

£18.00 - £18.00

Pro reviewers rating
8 reviews

2.8 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

– Stop behaving like a man!
– We are men!

Isaac gets home from serving in the marines to find war has broken out back home. In a nondescript town somewhere in mid-west America, Isaac’s mom Paige is blowing up entrenched routines. Fed up with domestic patriarchy, Paige has stopped washing, cleaning and caring for their ailing father, who recently suffered a stroke. She reigns supreme.

Ally to their mother’s new regime is Isaac’s sibling Max. Only last time Isaac checked, Max was Maxine. Once the breadwinner, Isaac’s dad has toppled from the head of the household to the bottom of the pile – a make-upped puppet emasculated by Paige once and for all.

In a cheap house made of plywood and glue, notions of masculinity and femininity become weapons with which to defeat the old order. But in this sly, subversive comedy, annihilating the past doesn’t always free you from it.

European Premiere


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“For all its dark humour, speaks powerfully about our deep need for a home, and how defined we are by our kith and kin.”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Passionately, provocatively alive to current debates around identity and economic pressure.. A searing performance from Gilligan”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Absurd, bleak and somewhat tangled attack on the American patriarchy.”

Natasha Tripney (The Stage, Time Out)

“Rich, dense stuff... Often funny in Fall's sprightly production... now wittily satiric, now nastily viscous... Darvill: taut.”

Holly Williams (What's On Stage, Time Out, Independent)

“At its best, the play buzzes with ideas: at its worst, it feels like a long academic conference on gender identities. ”

Aleks Sierz (Arts Desk, The Stage)

“Fall’s production is frequently savagely funny... Often as exhausting as it is entertaining.”

Lyn Gardner (The Guardian)

“Artfully nasty comedy... Gilligan turns in a fine performance... Ideas of queerness are bandied round with exhilarating energy.”

Alice Saville (Time Out, Independent)

“Absurdist-realist-satirical-comedy-melodrama... Struck me as a dud... It is hard to suspend your disbelief in any of this.”

Dominic Maxwell (The Times)

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