July 17th, 2004

master's voice

Review: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the play, not the movie

If you live in Seattle, this is worth your time and dollars. Excellent performance by the lead. It struck me afterwards how easy it would be to do this play poorly. Casting it must be a bitch. Only complaint: Re-bar is hot and poorly cooled. They should have done this play in February.

The show crosses lines between a typical rock show and a play. No sets, few props, and no actors other than the band and its singers. If you've seen the movie, you'll see they changed little in adapting it. But it's an intersting way of framing the story.

And a first: after the play is over, if you applaud enough, you get an encore, just like at a regular rock show. We got a medley of "Surrender","I Believe in a thing called love""Communication Breakdown" and a reprise of "Tear me down". Try getting an encore at Pirates of Penzance or Rent!