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The Thai production of Hedwig And The Angry Inch stayed true to the original

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Hedwig is angry. Hedwig is depressed. Hedwig is hilarious. Hedwig is caustic. Hedwig is captivating and more. But most of all, the Thai production of Hedwig And The Angry Inch is touching, honest and raw, though not without faults. 

The Thai audience are probably more familiar with the movie version of John Cameron Mitchell’s cult classic rock musical, which tells a story of an East German transgender woman, her rock band, the Angry Inch, and her pining love for Tommy Gnosis, the successful rock star who might or might not be her lover before he took off with her music to make a name for himself. The Thai production stays true to its original script, which was first performed off Broadway in the 1990s, and is now being played on Broadway with Neil Patrick Harris in the leading role of Hedwig.

Set in a small run down venue next to Gnosis’ sold out stadium show, Hedwig And The Angry Inch unfolds Hedwig’s past, future and present through clever dialogue, perfectly composed music and relationship dynamics between Hedwig and her suffering romantic partner and chorus singer who was a famous drag queen in his native land, but forced to dress as a man, bending to Hedwig’s whims.

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