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Hedwig and the Angry Inch 

When: Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m., Sundays, 3 p.m., Thu., May 7, 8 p.m. and Thu., May 14, 8 p.m. Continues through May 17 2015
Price: $12-$24
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH

RALEIGH LITTLE THEATRE, RALEIGH

FRIDAY, MAY 1–SUNDAY, MAY 17

Sometimes it takes a knife to cut free—but you absolutely have to measure twice. Hansel Schmidt was a teenage transvestite in East Berlin, wired on gummibärchen and '70s Iggy Pop, Lou Reed and David Bowie. Desperate for freedom, he underwent gender reassignment surgery and changed his name to Hedwig so a U.S. Army sergeant could marry him over the Berlin Wall. The surgery botched, Hedwig escaped to the West—six months before East Germany fell in 1989. Now, in America, after being abandoned by a husband and a gifted but opportunistic young songwriter named Tommy, Hedwig has set a lacerated life and a shredded identity to music. Tonight, it goes live before an unsuspecting audience. Buckle in when director Jesse R. Gephart and actors Chris Maxwell and Lydia Kinton update this combination punk, drag and glam-rock confessional, whose characters ultimately transcend easy definitions of gender. As Ziggy Stardust once said, "It ain't easy." 8 p.m. Thurs.–Sat.; 3 p.m. Sun.; midnight May 16 (LGBT Center benefit), $13–$24, 301 Pogue St., 919-821-3111, www.raleighlittletheatre.org. —Byron Woods

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