Hedwig and the Angry Inch Respond
One simple sentence
Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a play about decomposing and reforming self-identity.
One complex sentence
Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a play about reciting broken feelings caused by misfortunes associated with self-identity in different phases of life, and transforming them into label-free ideology.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a play about self deploration and redemption. Hedwig laments his/her tragic past such as harassment by his/her father, failed transgender surgery, betrayal by lovers, and the happiness he/she barely attains in life. Longing to be loved, Hedwig is unfortunately never satisfied due to his/her fluid gender status. After striking realization, he/she tries to reconcile with who he/she is and lives with a peace of mind.
A dusty wrecked car is set on the stage as the main prop. The environment almost simulates a dumpsite, fraught with waste components. The underlying metaphor may be the space, as well as Hedwig, is both the aggregation of several broken pieces missing something. The ambience is presented in a way full of chaos - possibly indicating the fiasco Hedwig’s been through in life or her current mental status. Sometimes, the space extends to other locales in accordance with where Hedwig’s narratives take place.
Audience travels through time as stories about Hedwig’s life unfold. Time is marked completely by Hedwig’s arbitrariness. In the beginning of the show, Tommy’s character is abruptly introduced and called out, reflecting the present in time. Other than that, the majority of events are told in a chronological order, tracing back to Hedwig’s childhood. The time that audience experience in the show is a one-night performance, yet the narratives spans almost her entire struggling life.
Campy, obstreperous, unpolished, ironically sad, bittersweet, remorseful. A mix feelings can be sensed as Hedwig tells her/his story. Tones in his/her voice are dramatic and affected instead of genuine and natural. Pains and emotions permeate through his/her voice tone and attitude.
The most conspicuous change is Hedwig’s acceptance of him/herself v.s. the relentless self exploration and reflection on how gender status steers the direction of his/her life. Another change is his/her attitudes toward Yitzhak’s choice of self-presentation. Both change means discarding the veneers assigned by others and live the way one feels most comfortable with self.
Aristophanes’s Speech from Plato’s Symposium
German and Jewish relationship
Middle East, East Germany and America
Adam and Eve (Intimate Conversation with Tommy)