Hedwig and the Angry Inch (review)

Hedwig and the Angry Inch (review)
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (review)
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THE PLAY: This is basically a rock gig hosted by a suffering, but fabulous semi-transexual. Between the songs, she recounts her life and search for love.

 

THE PRODUCTION: This is virtually a one-man/woman show that’s totally dependent on Matt Shofner’s skills. He’s aced it on every level: comic timing, audience rapport, emotional depth and a fantastic voice. This career-high performance will have Richmond talking all season and beyond. Bianca Bryan brings a gruff edge and fine vocal support. And that band is tight and hot (just need Hedwig’s voice mic mixed up a bit to appreciate the lyrics). Director Maggie Roop makes the whole thing work seamlessly. Unfortunately, Hedwig spends so much time on her knees (!) that there are sometimes sightline problems in the back rows. This is The Basement’s virgin production: the space, set and Michael Jarett’s simple but creative lighting are perfectly suited to this intimate, raw show.

 

THE POINT: Matt Shofner is simply spectacular. His performance and the show are killer fun!

 

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

 

A TheatreLAB & Spin, Spit & Swear production at The Basement thru 11/29

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