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Inch by Inch 

Wednesday, Dec 5 2012
Hedwig, of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, doesn’t typically place others’ whims above her own, even if those others are her audience. But last summer’s sold-out Boxcar Theatre production of the glam rock musical forced the petulant but witheringly witty diva to hear the cries of the hoi polloi and remount the show. Hedwig isn’t just a struggling rocker who treats the audience like the unworthy crowd at her own concerts; she was also, in effort to escape East Berlin by marrying and moving to America, the victim of a botched sex-change operation, hence the “angry inch.” Director Nick Olivero retains or enhances signature elements from this summer’s show. Hedwig is still played by many performers, some returning, some new, whose different genders, races, and personalities make Hedwig’s story into everyone’s story. The theater is structured like a cabaret, with tiny tables to hold drinks, which are served throughout the performance. In the remount, the set also features a catwalk, the better for the performers to show off Wes Crain’s skintight — nay, organ-crushing — costumes and their characters’ sass. Hedwig gives the people what they want, but she ain’t gonna be happy about it.
Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 5 p.m. Starts: Dec. 5. Continues through Jan. 26, 2012

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