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By BRUCE DENNILL
Hedwig And The Angry Inch / Directed by Elizma Badenhorst / Pieter Torien’s Montecasino Theatre, Fourways, Johannesburg 7.5
A now 20-year-old stage show, Hedwig And The Angry Inch – set in communist East Berlin and a small town near a military base in Kansas – still feels edgy and progressive. Much of that has to do with the entrenched punk ethos that drives and supports the piece and which is embodied – with astounding dedication and energy – by Paul du Toit as Hedwig Robinson.
The piece is unconventional in a number of ways, and initially, it feels like slick, high-end drag cabaret rather than a rock musical, with the script adapted to bawdily (and hilariously) incorporate local references from the theatre owner to the architecture of the venue and Du Toit smirking and sneering lasciviously. This segment perfectly sets the tone – the audience is primed for the complexity, searing honesty and simmering rage that is kneaded…
To read the complete pARTicipate review visit http://www.brucedennill.co.za/theatre-review-hedwig-angry-inch-german-eccentricity-need-stage-permanently-punk-production/