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An energetic, savvy ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’
By John Hartl
Special to The Seattle Times
A drag show of rare substance, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” gets a savvy, rambunctious revival at the Moore, where local musical actor and drag performer Jerick Hoffer takes off in the role of Hedwig Schmidt, an East Berlin rock star and victim of a botched sex-change operation.
Although the character is depressed, and “internationally ignored” as a singer-songwriter, Hoffer tends to emphasize his fun-loving side. When the show formally ends after 105 intermission-free minutes, Hoffer just keeps dancing and inviting kids to join him.
While “Hedwig” is basically a monologue with songs, Hoffer has the pipes to put it over, especially when Hedwig, accompanied by a small and able band, perform the catchy, pretty “Wicked Little Town.” They may not work together quite as well on the louder songs — the sound balance can be iffy — but Hoffer is never less than a showman. (You can also catch him, and his drag persona Jinkx Monsoon, in the new season of TV’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”)
A coproduction of Balagan and Seattle Theatre Group, “Hedwig” was directed by Ian Bell, who gives it the shape and energy of a stripped-down rock concert.
John Hartl: email@example.com
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