Jobsite Theater presents the cult musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch, about an East Berlin transwoman, Hansel, who endures a botched sex change operation leaving her, now Hedwig, with "an angry inch."
Hedwig's journey manifests in a sort of rock music soliloquy that takes her across countries, genders and love. She joins a glam rock band (the Angry Inch), falls in love and struggles to find what makes her whole after a life seemingly split in half by cities, people and him/herself.
Although Hedwig and the Angry Inch originally was written for the stage, it is most known for the 2001 movie by the same name. But don't expect the same sets, costumes and visuals as the film. Jobsite's production removes the "fourth wall" and allows Hedwig to directly engage the audience in a stripped down and intimate performance.
The show opens Friday and runs through Sept. 29, with performances at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N Macinnes Place, Tampa; $28. Preview performance at 8 tonight. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.
Stephanie Bolling, Times staff writer