Humour Triumphs over the Unkindest Cut of All

The Evening Standard (London, England), June 23, 2005 | Go to article overview

Humour Triumphs over the Unkindest Cut of All


Byline: MARK COOK

THEATRE Hedwig and the Angry Inch/ Heaven, WC2 Homme Fatale Pleasance, N7 ACCORDING to Joey, the gay porn star in Homme Fatale, men only talk about fractions as boys when revealing their age - 73/4 - and then when they're older to add length to their penis.

Poor old Hedwig, though, has just one inch - the result of a botched sex-change operation that aided escape from Communist East Berlin.

This rock cabaret by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask - a cult not unlike that of Rocky Horror - is her story, woman and boy, though marriage, trailertrash life in Kansas to "internationally ignored song stylist".

In red, white and blue sequined dress and makeup and blonde Farrah Fawcett wig, she looks like an ancient, chunky cheerleader. And in an incongruously deep voice, she tells her story in between much innuendo, off-the-wall philosophy and a lot of heavy rock.

As Hedwig, David Bedella Olivier award-winner for Jerry Springer The Opera is a powerful performer who struts his stuff yet manages to invest this OTT incarnation with charm and move his audience. Hedwig is just an outsider searching for love, you see. …

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