Though (thankfully) there's not a draft these days, we're still stuck in lingering wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Leading up to the 2008 Presidential election, pundits rattled on about what little progress we'd made in terms of race (remember talk about the Bradley Effect?). Those two factors make Hair feel like it could've been written last year.
I saw the show with my parents, who hadn't seen it since 1971. Though it was a little awkward during the full-frontal nudity (no Brazilians there — the cast is faithful to the term hair), it actually led to a great conversation. I knew my dad had an occupational deferment (he was working for AmeriCorps at the time) so didn't go to Vietnam. But when we talked at intermission about how Claude debated whether to burn his draft card, I learned that my dad had actually considered volunteering for the military, but his father, a World War II officer, talked him out of it.
Politics and deep talks aside, Hair is a fun night out, with great music (there are dozens of numbers besides "Age of Aquarius") and "the tribe" dancing along with you in the aisles and even onstage during the "Let the Sunshine In" encore. And as my favorite song from the show, "Easy to Be Hard," proved, it's hard not to fall in love with Hair.