Raunchy rock and roll show meets Broadway musical in DPAC’s presentation of John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch, onstage now under the direction Tony Award-winner Michael Mayer
For those not familiar with this totally original, totally fun musical, it chronicles rockstar Hedwig Robinson, played to sleazy, hilarious perfection by Euan Morton, as she performs a not-so-sold-out-show with her band, The Angry Inch. Between rocking musical numbers, she pauses to tell sometimes-hilarious and sometimes-heart wrenching stories from her own life, while also relating the story of how she came to be found in somewhat of a “tryst” of sorts with the more-famous rockstar Tommy Gnosis.
The production plays out exactly as if one is watching Hedwig’s show, ,complete with cool, cartoonish effects, flashing lights, and all the regular accoutrements of a real rock show. There are also plenty of moments when Morton’s Hedwig ventures out into the audience and interacts with audience members in hilarious ways, adding to the appeal and involvement-level of this fun production.
Morton’s vocals are outstanding, as are the lyrics to the eleven fabulous songs that make up the performance. Throughout these songs, the indomitable Hedwig is joined onstage by her battered-husband, Yitzhak (Hannah Corneau). Corneau, at times, almost upstages Morton, with her beautiful voice and knack for comedic timing, though it’s obvious that both performers are equally talented. Together, the two bring this hilarious story to life.
While, at times, the lyrics can be a bit hard to make out, the story here is so strong and so well-characterized that viewers should never feel lost. This is an incredibly lively show, one that plays with gender roles, pushes the line of good taste in a wonderful kind of way, and throws in plenty of delightful modern-day jabs and jokes.
All in all, it’s a wildly eccentric show that’s a treat for contemporary audiences who aren’t afraid to let things get a little crazy in the theatre.
The Durham Performing Arts Center presents HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1 and 2, 8 p.m. Feb. 3, 2 and 8 p.m. Feb. 4, and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at 123 Vivian St., Durham, North Carolina 27701, in the American Tobacco Historic District.
TICKETS: $30-$125. Click here for DPAC Special Offers.
Ticketmaster: 800-982-2787 or http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/115558/2212135.
GROUP RATES (15+ tickets): 919/281-0587, Groups@DPACnc.com, or http://www.dpacnc.com/events-tickets/group-services.
DPAC‘S SUNTRUST BROADWAY SERIES: http://www.dpacnc.com/suntrust-broadway-series-2016-17.
THE TOUR: http://www.hedwigbroadway.com/, https://www.ibdb.com/tour-production/hedwig-and-the-angry-inch–504197, https://www.facebook.com/HedwigOnBway, https://twitter.com/hedwigonbway, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedwig_and_the_Angry_Inch_%28musical%29#Broadway_and_U.S._National_Tour_Cast, and https://www.youtube.com/user/HedwigOnBway.
TOUR CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM: http://www.hedwigbroadway.com/#page-team.
WARNING: On its website, DPAC writes, “[Hedwig and the Angry Inch] Contains strong language and adult themes. [It is] Not recommended for children or preteens. Parental discretion [is] advised.”
NOTE: Arts Access, Inc. of Raleigh will audio-describe the show’s 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4th, performance.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (1998 Off-Broadway, 2000 West End, and 2014 Broadway musical): http://www.hedwigbroadway.com/ (official website), http://www.dramatists.com/cgi-bin/db/single.asp?key=3132 (Dramatists Play Service, Inc.), http://www.lortel.org/Archives/Production/306 (Internet Off-Broadway Database), https://www.ibdb.com/broadway-show/hedwig-and-the-angry-inch-495293 (Internet Broadway Database), and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedwig_and_the_Angry_Inch_%28musical%29 (Wikipedia).
The Script: http://books.google.com/ (Google Books).
Study Guide: http://www.newlinetheatre.com/hedwigchapter.html (New Line Theatre of St. Louis, MO).
Stephen Trask (music and lyrics): http://stephentrask.com/ (official website), http://www.lortel.org/Archives/CreditableEntity/3677 (Internet Off-Broadway Database), https://www.ibdb.com/broadway-cast-staff/stephen-trask-407142 (Internet Broadway Database), and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Trask (Wikipedia).
John Cameron Mitchell (book): http://www.lortel.org/Archives/CreditableEntity/3676 (Internet Off-Broadway Database), https://www.ibdb.com/broadway-cast-staff/john-cameron-mitchell-74708 (Internet Broadway Database), and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Cameron_Mitchell (Wikipedia).
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001 film): http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/453999/Hedwig-and-the-Angry-Inch/ (Turner Classic Movies page), http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0248845/ (Internet Movie Database), and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedwig_and_the_Angry_Inch_%28film%29 (Wikipedia).
Susie Potter is a Raleigh, NC-based freelance writer and editor. She is a 2009 graduate of Raleigh’s Meredith College, where she majored in English. She holds graduate degrees in teaching and American literature from North Carolina State University in Raleigh. In addition to her work for Triangle Arts and Entertainment, she is an award-winning author of short fiction. Her works have appeared in The Colton Review, Raleigh Quarterly, Broken Plate Magazine, Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley, the Chaffey Review, and Existere. To read all of Susie Potter’s Triangle Arts and Entertainment articles and reviews, click http://triangleartsandentertainment.org/author/susie-q/. To read more of her writings, click http://www.susiepotter.com and http://www.myspace.com/susiepotter.