Hedwig and the Angry Inch | Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through March 19 2017

There's something of the period piece about this musical by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask, presented here in a touring production. Part of that is calculated: German drag queen Hedwig is shaped in all too many ways by growing up fey on the Soviet side of the Berlin Wall. But another part has to do with cultural evolution. Hedwig's wigs, glitter, and sass just aren't as transgressive now—not outside North Carolina, anyway—as they probably seemed in 1998, when the earliest version of the show premiered. In 2017 the focus would be better placed on Hedwig's personal journey through deep trauma to a form of self-acceptance. Trouble is, Michael Mayer's big lights/loud noise directorial approach kills all chance of intimacy. A chamber version might work better—preferably one featuring Hannah Corneau, who stands out as Hedwig's doormatty husband, Yitzhak. —Tony Adler

Price: $22-$115


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