“Hedwig and the Angry Inch” is a collaboration between Bruka Theater and Good Luck Macbeth.
~Photos and Review by Dana Nollsch~
There has been quite a buzz for the past few months about the collaboration between Bruka Theater and Good Luck Macbeth. That collaboration comes together as “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” hits the stage at Good Luck Macbeth with power and emotion.
“Hedwig and the Angry Inch” is a cult rock musical by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask with music inspired by the likes of Iggy Pop and David Bowie. First performed in 1998 in an off-Broadway production to much critical acclaim and awards.
Hedwig is a raunchy rocker with plenty of ghosts and demons from the past. Growing up in East Berlin, Hedwig played a high price to escape and create a new life. Joe Atack plays Hedwig to perfection in both the musical performances and with the emotion of the haunted rocker stuck between wanting and being.
Hedwig’s partner and husband, Yitzhak, is played by Amy Grinder. Yitzhak is playing second fiddle to Hedwig but not for much longer. Amy has plenty of opportunities to show her powerful voice as Yitzhak finds his voice with the help of Hedwig. When Amy opens up and belts out a song the audience knows that they are in the presence of something special.
Then there is the band, the Angry Inch. They are loyal to Hedwig if not always happy to put up with the attitude. Trust me, the band is as close to perfect as one would hope for. Powerful and tight the band adds authenticity to the Punk Rock influenced music.
This is a very ambitious production and the cast and crew do not disappoint. I have to give a big shout out to the crew who have created the atmosphere, blending with the music and attitude.
Directed by Bill Ware
Stage Manager: Mona Young
House managers: Bill Ware, Mary Bennett, Christopher Daniels
Lighting and Sound Design: Bill Ware, Dave Simpson
Set Design: Lewis Zaumeyer
Costume Design: Lyndsey Langsdale
Choreographer: Ashley Marie
Sound Operation: Dave Simpson
Lighting Operation: Johanna Richards
Spotlight Operator: David Richards
Poster and Animation Design: Michael Grimm
The band is tight and powerful with a bit of a Russian flair.
Drums: Schlatko, played by Daisy Spanagel
Bass: Jacel, played by Nick Ramirez
Guitar: Krzyzhtof, played by Eric Foreman
Keyboard: Skszp, Played by Rhiannon Box
The cast delivers all that you can expect and more.
Hedwig played by Joe Atack
Yitzhak played by Amy Grinder
“Hedwig and the Angry Inch” is loud, rude, sexual, emotional, and wonderful, although very adult and not for children.
Listen to me on this! Get your tickets now before they sell out!
“Hedwig and the Angry Inch” plays from April 20th to May 12th, 2018
Get your tickets here: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3099632