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I'm sad to report that I didn't like the show very much, although I thought it was well acted and well played.
Morton prances around the stage with a lot of energy, has some funny one-liners, as does his now husband, Yitzkak, who is played with a very comic sad sack quality by Hannah Corneau. And the band all does what they do just great.
But the show itself failed in allowing me into the story, and as a result, I was just kind of uninterested in what was going on. I said to my wife after the show that I felt like I was at a rock concert where I didn't know any of the songs. There was a lot of energy, but without a connection, it signified nothing.
Some of that has to do with the architecture. The Oriental Theatre seats 2200 and I was way up in the balcony. I could imagine feeling more involved in a tiny theatre, where the actor was in front of me, sweating on me, getting me involved, where I could get immersed in the show. Part of that was the overly loud sound, the relentless strobe lights, and the set design, which was great for filling this giant theatre with everything except for true connection.
Some of it has to do with me. I can't like every play that's out there, and for whatever reason, I didn't connect/care too much about the story. I'm sure others had a different reaction. The place was full and people were laughing and cheering at the end. I guess I'm just not a Hedwigian.
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When I was a kid, the thing that turned you on to "alternative lifestyles" was Rocky Horror. It broke the norms of sexual behavior, and as a teen that was what was exciting and forbidden. It opened up (for me) a whole new exciting world that I knew nothing about. I think for the era before me, it might have been Hair that did the same. I think Hedwig was the transgressive musical of the 90's. And maybe 50 Shades was it during the 2000s? (Although as far as I know it is not a musical. Which is a transgression in and of itself!)
Anyway, we started talking about what was going to be transgressive now, when transsexualism and BDSM are mainstream, when Burlesque is available just about everywhere, and when all sorts of lascivious pleasures are available to anyone with half a brain and the gumption to say that they are over 18.
And the fact that kids who are watching hardcore porn have a very misleading idea of what sex is, should be, can be, and what their roles are within it.
Not sure what's transgressive now, but from my experience last night, Hedwig wasn't it.
If you've got a pointer to transgressive musicals/media of 2017, please let me know! (I will not accept urine-soaked video of Donald Trump as an answer!)
Find out more about Hedwig and where it's touring to HERE