Last year, Loraine O’Donnell wowed crowds with her visceral and moving performance in the title role of John Cameron Mitchell’s bizarre but inspired musical “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” in the Alt Theatre at the Warehouse. Her physical and emotional transformation for the role, which came at a time of change and turmoil in O’Donnell’s own life, was the standout story of the 2011-12 theater season.
Anyone who missed O’Donnell during the show’s original run can stop kicking themselves, because she’s bringing “Hedwig” back for a six-day revival in the New Phoenix Theatre (95 Johnson Park). The remount, which opens Thursday and runs through Nov. 3, will also feature Kerrykate Abel reprising her acclaimed performance as Yitzak and the band Billy Draws 2 laying down Stephen Trask’s infectious music. Tickets are $25. Call 853-1334 or visit www.newphoenixtheatre.org.
Here is New Phoenix Artistic Director Richard Lambert on the production:
— Colin Dabkowski