It’s hard to believe that Hair was such a lightning rod for protest when it first was produced in the late 1960s. Now it seems so tame with its antiwar message of peace and letting the sun shine in.
Hair is now playing at the Colonial, and for all you theater history majors, first here is a link to a brief recount of the difficulty the producers had getting it on the stage for the first time in Boston. The term “banned in Boston” was still a very real thing at that time.
And here is a link to a whole history of the production, starting with a NYT’s article about the play’s opening at Joseph Papp’s theater, through reviews and articles about tracing the play’s still tumultuous place in our society.