Fr!ngeist: Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Tommy: What is that?
Hedwig: It’s what I have to work with.
Torontoist finds it interesting that an established play would be considered on the ‘fringes.’ But at the same time, this is Hedwig… and how long can a play about a Barbie doll crotched rocker really stay near the mainstream?
Regardless, John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask’s epic works rather well in this production. The concert (it’s more concert than ‘play’) retains its glam-rock feel, as the usual fluffy stage banter of larger concerts turns to heart-wrenching storytelling in this smaller venue.
Robert Toms does a great job as Hedwig as he rules the rest of the band with an iron inch, while still showing (accepting.. demanding?) love for/from the audience.
Torontoist won’t label this one a ‘must see,’ but keep in mind, the venue is right at the Fringe tents on Bloor and Brunswick. Grabbing a beer outside, then checking out the show is a pretty good deal.
Warning: Strobe Light. Plastic Folding Chairs. Cute Yitzhak (Nathan Jarvis).
Post-show music: Somebody Told Me – The Killers (painful)
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