Though Hedwig's content and style are edgy and glammed up, it's also nonetheless a literary experience, with beautiful sequences depicting various epiphanies about power and love, fissured identities, and the creation of art and selves, for both ill and euphoria. "The gods," as Hedwig herself pronounces, "would be terrified."

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HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH | Book by John Cameron Mitchell | Music and Lyrics by Stephen Trask | Produced by Zany Hijinx Productions | at SPACE Gallery | through May 21 |

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