I had heard so much about the production Hedwig and the Angry Inch but didn’t have a clue what it was about. I am so glad I walked in the Oriental Theatre, where it is playing through March 18th, blind to the plot. I thought it was going to be something cartoonish like Dr. Seuss “Horton Hears a Who.” Even though one of the wigs looked like it could have been an illustration in a Dr. Seuss book, the story was far from it.
It is the story of finding what makes you complete, your other half by not conforming to whom and what someone wants you to be and love.
The actors and musicians are fabulous. The voices are powerful and beautiful. Euan Morton puts his all in the portrayal of Hedwig. He gives so many layers to the character that he must be exhausted by the end of the performance, I know I was.
Hannah Corneau as Yitzhak is amazing. Every time she opened her mouth she gave something different and pure.
The main problem I had with the performance is I could not understand all of the words spoken or sung. At the start of the show Yitzhak comes out and reads something from a piece of paper, I do not have a clue what she said. Some things moved so fast and with the accents it was just hard to grasp. However, even with this shortcoming the feeling was still there. You walk away understanding the pain that Hedwig went through physically and emotionally.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch is not for everyone. Leaving the theater there were several audience members that were confused and lost in translation. I, however, walked away with a true feeling and liking of Hedwig even though seeing the play once is enough for me.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch will be at the Oriental Theatre through March 18th. For more information on tickets and show times visit www.BroadwayInChicago.com.
Until next time, keep your EYE to the Sky!