Groundbreaking musical and its gender-fluid star a good fit for LGBTQ-centered theater
“Tear Me Down,” the opening song in the rock musical “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” is not really a suggestion; it’s more of a dare. The world has been trying to tear down Hedwig Robinson — the “internationally ignored song stylist” at the center of this raw and raucous spectacle — for years now, but the gender-fluid East German chanteuse just keeps popping right back up. As does the show. Diversionary Theatre is staging “Hedwig” as a 20th-anniversary salute to the original off-Broadway production of this well-scored and often bitingly funny musical. And the production, which runs one more week, has a winning star in Jeremy Wilson, a gender-non-binary actor who brings style, wit and grit to Hedwig’s weirdly endearing story.
“Hedwig and the Angry Inch": 7 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd., University Heights. $15-$60 (discounts available). (619) 220-0097. diversionary.org