Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Blank Canvas Theatre's Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Offers Up a Foot-Long of Rocking Entertainment

Professional Theatre

Review by: Kevin Kelly

We need to talk about Devon.

No, this is not the follow-up film to 2011's film We need to talk about Kevin. We need to talk about the incredible performance of Devon Turchin, who is now inhabiting the title character in Hedwig and the Angry Inch at Blank Canvas Theatre.

I have known Devon since he was a wee little fellow, who was accomplished on stage even as a youngster, But over the last few years, i have seen him grow and mature in performances in SHOWBOAT, where his legit tenor voice asscended to new heights, HAIR, where his british swag and transencdent voice powerfully infiltrated the hearts of the audience, and then the MC in Caberet where he blew the fucking roof off of Blank Canvas Theatre with a fully actualized sassy and haunting character that led to one of his greatest performances ever. And now we come to the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch

This musical is not for an actor who is faint at heart. It is literally a concert version of Hedwig's life story, which was conceived by Jonathan Cameron Mitchell (who was the original Hedwig and wrote the Book) and Stephen Trask (Music and Lyrics). The tale of how a self-described “slip of a girlyboy” from communist East Berlin, Hanschel, becomes the “internationally ignored song stylist” known as Hedwig, and the angry inch refers to a botched sex change operation. Hedwig directly tells the audience of her past tribulations and heartbreak in the form of an extended monologue paired with rock songs. With a little help from her band and her backup singer Yitzhak, Hedwig examines her quest for her other half, for love, and ultimately for her identity. This production is hilarious, harrowing, and essentially uplifting for anyone who’s ever felt different.

Turchin completely kills this performance. An amazing bouquet of confidence, swag, musicality, introspection, and shredding vocals. Not to be missed, and definitely worth showing up and being put on the waiting list. Claire Twigg as the butch sidekick Yitzhak, handles her duties as well. Clear vocals, enough deadpan sass to insult of a sailor, and beautifully fit into the piece. 

The band is to die for, or at the very least, be hired for your next rock wedding.
Noah Hrbek (Jacek /Guitar)
Richard Kline (Schlatko /Drums)
Zach Palumbo (Jaime /Bass)
Bradley Wyner (Skszp /Keyboard)

Under the musical leadership of Wyner, this band tears up this score like a hoard of hyenas at a pulled pork festival. Wow.

And to the transcendent Director Alison Garrigan. This woman is a Cleveland Icon, and she proves every measure of her notoriety with this show. Beautifully staged and directed. AND she did the costume design which was pure sexually blended bliss. I want to put her in my pouch as my favorite Joey, and bounce all over the fucking theatre.

Founder and Artistic Director Patrick Ciamacco has provided a fabulously produced show. His technical crew totally on point. Crisp Stage Management by Whitney Miller. Visual Masterpiece of Lighting Designer Jeff Lockshine. Projection Design on point from Ciamacco. The creative Animation and Drawings were produced by Noah Hrbek, proving once again he has one of the most creative sets of hands in Cleveland, just ask, oh, nevermind. Ciamacco Sound Design was perfect, with on-point operation helmed by Anthony Newman. All of the technical aspects overseen by Ciamacco. Continued Excellence.

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Cleveland Stage Alliance.
Ticket Information
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Through June 23


8pm Thursdays
8pm Fridays
8pm Saturdays
7pm Sundays

$18 General Admission

(440) 941-0458
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Blank Canvas Theatre
1305 West 80th Street, Suite 211
Cleveland, OH 44102