A fresh serving of Hedwig at the Cobalt

Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Ryan Alexander McDonald, Lee McKeown, Cobalt Hotel

Ryan Alexander McDonald and Lee McKeown rock it their way in Hedwig

I finally got to see Hedwig and the Angry Inch a the Cobalt last night and I’m glad I did.

Ryan Alexander McDonald stars in this Ghost Light Projects production and he’s very, very good. In a smart move, he approaches Hedwig on his own terms. McDonald is a straight guy and he resists doing a coarse imitation of a drag queen. Instead, he honestly inhabits the character’s emotional life and lets that speak eloquently through the filter of his own less sleazy, less flamboyant stage persona. It’s a sophisticated strategy and it works so well that, by the end of the evening, I had tears in my eyes.

The guy also has a fantastic, clear, rock ‘n’ roll voice. Spot-on pitch.

Lee McKeown is touching as Yitzhak, Hedwig’s husband. And the band’s great. Watch bassist Camille Fournier; she’s always in character, always got it goin’ on.

This ends on November 2, so get down to the Cobalt, which is, I’ve gotta say, the perfect venue.

About Colin Thomas

Colin Thomas is a Vancouver-based editor, an award-winning playwright, and an established theatre critic. Colin helps writers unlock the full potential of their novels, short stories, screenplays, and children's books.

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