Sunday, July 30, 2000

Ensemble will stage Obie-winning musical

By Jackie Demaline
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Cult sensation Hedwig and the Angry Inch will spend next summer onstage in Cincinnati starting June 6.

        Ensemble Theatre is one of only five companies in North America to nab the right to produce the recent off-Broadway phenom. (Others include theaters in Toronto and Seattle.)

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        The title character is an “internationally ignored” song stylist who changes sexes to escape East Germany. The Angry Inch of the title is Hedwig's back-up band.

        Part nightclub monologue, part drag musical, Hedwig is winner of Obie and Outer Critics Circle awards. It made Time Magazine's Top 10 list of theater productions in 1998, and Rolling Stone wrote “In the whole long, sorry history of rock musicals, Hedwig is the first one that truly rocks.”

        “It's the most exciting piece of theater I've come across in a long, long time,” says ETC producing artistic director D. Lynn Meyers. Choosing the show to experiment with a summer season, she adds, underscores the Over-the-Rhine theater's commitment to fresh new theatrical voices.

        Hedwig will be a season extra for ETC. It is scheduled to run through June 23. ETC is planning a local “battle of the bands” to select The Angry Inch. Details will be announced.

        Tickets are on sale to subscribers and will go on sale in January to non-subscribers. Call the theater at 421-3555 for information and reservations.

        The ETC 2000-2001 season opens Sept. 6 with the premiere of Warren (Side Man) Leight's Glimmer, Glimmer and Shine.


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