Saturday, July 23, 2016

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

I loved Hedwig and the Angry Inch! I think I loved it even more the second time. The gorgeous spectacle is rousing, but this time around I was more moved by the relationships. The sense of loss and betrayal, the sadness and beauty Hedwig inhabits. I loved how the story was told through song and flashbacks -- the musical numbers and visual energy carried so much emotion and nuance as Hedwig recounts her life in East Germany with her mother, her first boyfriend, what she needed to do leave, and her love affair in the states.... It came together with humor and passion and a robust and ravishing aesthetic.

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