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Hedwig and the Angry Inch

a Musical
CATEGORY : MUSICAL
by John Cameron Mitchell, Stephen Trask

COMPANY : Actor's Express [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Actor's Express [WEBSITE]
ID# 649

SHOWING : May 22, 2003 - August 10, 2003

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Extended to August 10th!
Text by John Cameron Mitchell
Music and lyrics by Stephen Trask
Directed by Randee Trabitz (director of Irma Vep)

In a last-chance hotel lounge, an androgynous glam-rock icon performs a lacerating valentine to the love of his life. Hedwig -- with backing band The Angry Inch -- improbably embodies the universal search for identity and completion in one boy's journey to, um, womanhood. Before the hit indie film, Hedwig was a theatrical smash across the world -- in New York and Seattle, Manila and Reykjavic. That's right, we said Reykjavic. Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a tragic, transfixing command performance that charts the rise, fall and ultimate ascendance of a rock and roll god. Shall we say, goddess...

Dates/Times:
Preview Performances:
Thu-Sat May 22-24, 8pm

Regular Performances:
Thu-Sat May 29-July 26, 8pm
Sun June 1-July 20, 5pm
2pm matinees to be announced

Gala Opening
Sunday May 25, 2002
details to be announced

Ticket Prices:
$10 Preview performances
$20 Thursday, Friday and Sunday performances
$25 Saturday performances
Discounts available for students, seniors and groups

Reservations:
Actor's Express Box Office 404-607-SHOW (7469


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Randee Trabitz
Stage Manager Rita Ann Marcec
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REVIEWS

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Honey, I shrunk my...
by Okely Dokely
Thursday, July 31, 2003
4.0
I'm not sure if I understood everything (not just the lyrics, but the meaning), but I loved this show. Mark Salyer gave many of my favorite local actors - with no disrespect intended - a run for their money. His performance has to be seen to be believed. Kudos are also in order for a guitarist in the band who, thoughout the night, had me guessing back-and-forth their gender, and to a really cute multitalented and multitasking young lady who played the keyboard, served the audience drinks, and did impressive things with cardboard cut-out figures under an overhead projector. Katy Carkuff was a pleasure to watch and hear.

I review films for a hobby, and I saw and wrote reviews for 144 movies the year that the movie version of "Hedwig" came out. Something turned me off from seeing the movie, and I unfortunately decided not to bother with seeing it. I will be seeing it now, as well as picking up the soundtrack ASAP. Perhaps then its buried structure will reveal itself and I will see it as something more than a really enjoyable cabaret show performed by a cross between Frank 'N Furter and Eddie Izzard's "executive transvestite." [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
I heart Marc Cram
by seanddaniels
Friday, July 18, 2003
5.0
I saw Hedwig last night, in thinking of a way to describe it, I was reminded of an on-line review for a movie that stated "it's the kind of show that will kick you in the balls, and kick you so hard that it makes you puke on your own ass, and then it'll kick your own ass because it's that good".

Yep, I for one, feel as though my ass was kicked last night. Awesome, show, check it out.

Sit at the bar, and tease the bartender, I hear he's new to town.

Sean
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Through the Looking Glass
by Dedalus
Monday, July 14, 2003
4.0
Okay, here are some odd thoughts:

What if you do not like a particular style of music, you see a show that is essentially a concert of that sort of music, and you leave the theatre having had a wonderful time?

What if you go into a cheap and smoky (well, not-so-smoky with the new smoking bans) dive with a slight headache, see a band with the sound turned up to nosebleed territory, leave with a worse headache, yet wishing it weren’t over.

What if you fall down the rabbit hole only to find the Queen of Hearts is a compelling and talented singer, filled with bitterness and regrets and joy, and wants nothing more than to be loved?

What if you’re a volunteer usher at a theatre set up like a cheap and smoky (well, not-so smoky) dive for an environmental show in which the audience can (and does) order drinks for the entire night, making clean-up defy description, yet you’d do it again, if only there were some open performances left?

What if you have this compulsion to write down pretentious thoughts about a play that defies all precedents, that defies all standards, that thumbs its nose joyfully at all conventions, that operates in a world totally alien to your experience, yet still moves you like the best of the best of the best?

What if you’re a Yankee Liberal living in Cobb County and hoping no one burns a cross on your front yard before you have a chance to clean up the pine straw?

What if you gave a concert in a cheap and smoky (well, not-so-smoky) dive and everyone came and everyone was more outrageous than you and everyone loved you, but nobody cared?

What if you have fond memories of listening to the radio in the middle of night while your parents are sleeping upstairs and you have a final in the morning, and you just don’t care about anything but the music?

What if you’re an Atlanta actor and the best performance you’ve seen all year is by someone named Mark Salyer, a Los Angeles actor?

What if you see a musical in which so much depends on the lyrics, and you can’t understand half of them, and the musical still works?

What if you see a show that makes you long to find the nearest cheap and smoky (well, not-so-smoky) dive?

I don’t know what any of these questions have to do with Actor’s Express’ production of John Cameron Mitchell’s “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” Maybe nothing. But I wouldn’t be true to myself if I didn’t ask.

-- Brad Rudy (BKRudy@aol.com)
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