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Fan Reviews, Media Reviews, and comments from members of the Media, about Darren in Hedwig and the Angry Inch--SF and L.A. Tour

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Nice review! 
Bay Area Reporter wrote:
From 'slip of a girly man' to rock star
10/13/16

San Francisco native Darren Criss was another performer to earn high praise during his Broadway run as the cross-dressing rocker on a bedraggled concert tour of self-flagellation, caustic revelations, and songs that both steamroll through the auditorium and pull an audience into a haunting ballad.

Hedwig, with the young dynamo Criss as its star at the Golden Gate Theatre, is launching a national tour in which he will recreate his role only during its San Francisco and Los Angeles runs. The same is true of Lena Hall, another SF native, who won a Tony Award in the role of Hedwig's woebegone husband, assistant, and thwarted performer. The two didn't get to perform together in New York, but it's an electric combination that makes the current show an even more special event.

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Criss is too boyishly young to easily suggest a well-worn Hedwig, but his fearsome commitment to the role makes that increasingly irrelevant. In a series of outlandish wigs suggesting the different stages of Hedwig’s wobbly career, the diminutive Criss creates a character writ large as he belts, croons, struts, dances, and leaps about the stage. The humor both sardonic and of rim-shot variety flows easily, and he has the voice to convincingly sell all the various flavors of the Mitchell-Trask score.







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# Repost sarahsuep 

Even though my face is ridiculous, I can’t help but be in love with this picture. Darren Criss was amazing and I am so glad I was able to see this show. Thank you for meeting your fans after and being a genuinely great person  heart #hedwig #hedwigandtheangryinch #darrencriss #hedwigonbway http://ift.tt/2ekQDvb




A nice tweet:

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From dailydarrennews:









October 13, 2016

Source:  X  X  X  X




Tom Coates (see above) also tweeted this:








A few more tweets:
















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From dailydarrennews:

A few more comments from the audience:







dailydarrennews:
October 13, 2016
Source:  X   X  (I think, but am not sure the comment from Emiko Oye was on her Facebook.)









More tweets:

Note:  I scrolled down the twitter page of Erin Larsen during the period of season 6 of Glee (January-March 20, 2015) and I did not see any mention of Glee or Darren.  But she may be a fan of Darren, since I saw her re-tweet Darren's tweet about the deadline in Michigan to register to vote








ha!  This is funny.  I think this is that fan who won the time to go backstage to meet Darren.






Tweets from @PaoDevLa, who is a fan of Glee and Darren.











From HedwigOnBway Facebook, this person saw the October 6 show (Thursday):

Michael Collier Extraordinary Brilliant! Been a fan for a very long time. Just saw the SF performance last night and it does the original play and movie justice! It occurred to me that perhaps Tommy Gnosis is the imaginary alter ego of Hedwig. The male version of himself, the life he originally was destine to be?
October 7
HedwigOnBway Facebook, August 10, 2016 (edited)   Note:  click on "comments" for August 10 entry



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New review.

Mill Valley Herald wrote:
'Hedwig' is glam rock concert disguised as theater

“Hedwig and the Angry Inch” comes as close to a hard rock concert as a theatrical production can.

I found it wonderful.

In dual senses of that word: outstanding and full of wonder.

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. . . The show was an exquisite two-person performance (ably assisted by four first-rate onstage musicians) — starring Darren Criss, who figuratively and literally sparkled in the title role on Broadway for 12 weeks last year, and Lena Hall, Tony winner who shone as Yitzhak, significant other who thrives on verbally abusing Hedwig.

Both are native San Franciscans who make the Bay Area proud.

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From DarrenCrissArmy:

Some nice reviews by audience members:


# Repost glitterqueenonthegogo

I am still processing but I was blown away by Darren Criss…his Hedwig is so powerful and being on the front row allowed me to see the small movements, looks, expressions..I laughed, cried, and loved.

Afterwards we hung at the stage door and he came out pointed to me and said “You are a fucking rock star.” He told the crowd no selfies but when he got back around to us he took these!! #glitterqueenandmetalgodhoneymoon

#ILoveHedwig #HedwigandtheAngryInch #DarrenCriss #Hedwigonbway #Hedhead #Hedwig http://ift.tt/2dW90aE



Note:  glitterqueenonthegogo is an artist, and is a passionate Hedhead.  I scrolled down her Instagram page, and she has seen all of the Broadway Hedwigs (NPH, Andrew Rannells, Michael  C. Hall, John Cameron Mitchell, and Taye Diggs).  She has purchased the Original Cast recording of the Broadway show, the film, and a book about Hedwig.  This is high praise from an avid Hedwig fan.  :happy face











# Repost emilyk415

I had an amazing night in San Francisco with 2 of my best friends! We went to see the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch starring one of our favorite actors, Darren Criss! He was absolutely amazing and the play was very exciting to watch! However, nothing could have prepared me for the excitement of meeting Darren outside the theater. It was worth waiting roughly an hour. He was kind, friendly, and took the time to sign our programs. It was definitely a night to remember, made possible by the lovely Lacey! Thank you again for buying our tickets. #shngoldengatetheatre #hedwigandtheangryinch #darrencriss #gleekforever http://ift.tt/2dei35f





A few tweets:










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A few tweets:












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# Repost kelshoran

Had such a wonderful night seeing this amazing man perform again, thank you #darrencriss for an outstanding performance! http://ift.tt/2eFewNE



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From DarrenCrissArmy:


# Repost word.shaker

Hedwig and the Angry Inch was so incredible last night! The songs were great and it was funny and Darren was just amazing. He is such a talented actor and singer, and to stand up on that stage and have the whole audience captivated for an hour and a half with the majority of it being just him shows such dedication, confidence and commitment. I was awestruck and literally don’t have enough words to describe him. Anyone who thinks he’s just a preppy kid from Glee who sings pop songs needs to see this show, because he’s so much more than that.

Darren was just so lovely afterwards, he took time to speak and sign things for everyone who was waiting at the stage door and was so humble and kind. When we told him we were from Scotland, he broke his no-selfie to take a photo with us to thank us for coming and gave my sister a hug. He was genuinely such a sweet guy, and I seriously can’t thank him enough. It’s always lovely when celebrities meet up to their expectations!

#hedwigandtheangryinch #darrencriss http://ift.tt/2ejYG6S








From dailydarrennews:

 

 
October 15, 2016 | Source
@DarrenCriss @HedwigOnBway amazing show!!!! Darren you rocked! Great job!!!









 








 




cvptainmccoy: wrote:cvptainmccoy:

Hedwig and the Angry Inch was amazing! I went into it knowing little to nothing, but walked out with tears in my eyes and a smile on my face. It was an incredible work of art and unlike any play I’ve ever seen before!

Meeting Darren Criss was an absolute dream come true. I’ve tried to get tickets to see him in various things for the past seven years (no joke), but none of that mattered when he was standing in front of me and talking to me. While I was completely starstruck, it was so easy to talk to him and it felt as though I was talking to a friend, not some well known celebrity.

Thank you Darren for always being my teenage dream and the company of Hedwig for putting on one hell of a show!

October 16 2016   (Source)



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A few tweets:



Note:  Sasha Elterman had seen NPH in the role on Broadway.  Not sure if she saw any other Hedwig actor on Broadway.










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From DarrenCrissArmy:


# Repost mrrachelbison 

Simply stunning performance by Darren Criss! Glad I was able to tell him how awesome he was in this and in A Very Potter Musical  #darrencriss #HedwigSHN http://ift.tt/2edi9ql







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Some comments on HedwigOnBway's Facebook:

Eric Eckenroad   Too much strobe lighting but over all it was magnificent and incredible. Darren Criss bravo you've improved vocally since Glee I was really glad to go October 16 at 2:00. I am 35 and damn that was loud  music but I'm proud of myself for going


Leanna Jensen   Loving the pre-show dance!! We saw you today, and the show was absolutely incredible! You and Lena are a dynamic team! Got to meet you both after the show... perfect ending to a fabulous show!


Elizabeth Hart Whelan    Such a fabulous show last night! Darren, Lena, and Tits of Clay were all so amazing.


Schmimb Zee   We were fortunate enough to see Hedwig last night. Still glowing!


Ezra Aeiouy   Saw the matinee yesterday, loved it!!

HedwigOnBway Facebook, October 16, 2016.
Click on "comments."



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From DarrenCrissArmy:

A good review :happy face :

DailyActor wrote:
Review: 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' Starring Darren Criss and Lena Hall (Touring Production)

By Rebecca Fuller
October 17, 2016

Darren Criss steps into Hedwig’s high heels once again to bring to life the rock musical originally conceived by Stephen Trask and John Cameron Mitchell. Criss has previously played the role on Broadway in 2015, and now headlines this first leg of its U.S. tour, with Lena Hall reprising her role of Yitzhak, Hedwig’s long suffering husband.

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As for Criss; the role of Hedwig is fiendishly difficult to play. She is bitter, angry, emotional and desperate to be loved and accepted. She has an acerbic wit, which, while it can be outright hilarious, can also be cruel and biting. For the most part, Criss nails this. He’s been very vocal about how much he loves this role and it shows; he is quick off the mark with well-rehearsed comebacks and gags, and a couple of new ones have been added since the show’s Broadway run, including a dig at his former Glee co-star, Lea Michele, as well as a joke about Donald Trump that had the audience cheering loudly.

Having seen him in the role on Broadway, I felt as though Criss played this one much more for laughs; which meant he sometimes failed to completely deliver on the stinging pain and hurt that Hedwig feels. Again, it doesn’t necessarily detract from what is essentially a fantastic show, but a little more emotional depth wouldn’t go amiss at times. All of that said, it’s hard to perhaps deliver that when an audience is so lively and attuned to humor as last night’s crowd was. Even the riskier jokes, such as the one about losing an Uncle at Auschwitz (he fell from the guard tower) got a big laugh rather than the stunned “ooh’s” that I’ve previously heard.

Criss’ vocals are once again spot on; this is a man who can deliver a stunning vocal performance time and again. Not all of the notes hit home each and every time, but it’s a negligible few that are dropped, and honestly, they’re delivered with such conviction that it fails to matter.

Criss embodies Hedwig completely; from the flawless German accent (that is much easier to understand than it was on Broadway), to the mind-boggling high kicks that make your eyes water just watching them. He is also fantastic at switching between the different characters during his narration; his Luther and Tommy Gnosis are particularly good and the final song; “Midnight Radio” is stunning.

Criss is entirely captivating from beginning to end, and delivers a truly enjoyable show which the audience in his native San Francisco thoroughly enjoyed.


Having seen Darren on Broadway, I'm interested in seeing if I agree with this reviewer, or agree with the person on the BroadwayWorld.com message board (A Canadian in NYC), about Darren conveying Hedwig's pain and hurt.    I felt an incredible amount of emotion from Darren in the Broadway show that I saw, especially during the crucial scene near the end of the show when Hedwig and Tommy have an important discussion and scenes that followed.  I felt so strongly Hedwig's sorrow and pain in Wig in a Box, Wicked Little Town, and Hedwig's Lament, and I felt her rage, bitterness and pain in Exquisite Corpse and Angry Inch.

Aside from that issue, this reviewer give Darren a wonderful review, calling him captivating, with stunning vocals.

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From dailydarrennews:

Very nice comment and cute pic of an audience member (SF):

kalaenouveau: @darrencriss as #Hedwig made my toes curl! Peep the glitter nail polish tho-it’s all in the details. If you’re in the Bay Area GET TICKETS NOW. The tour goes to LA next month. Don’t say I didn’t tell you  #rundontwalk #hedwigandtheangryinch #backstage #sanfrancisco #modellife






From DarrenCrissArmy


# Repost darwinbell

Freaking amazing show!! #hedwigandtheangryinch at #thegoldengatetheater #darrencriss #lenahall #hedwigonbway http://ift.tt/2eE7tpg






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From dailydarrennews:

Such a heartfelt message from this fan.   She is very eloquent. 

jennievaccaro Do you ever just wanna scream forever but also realize you can’t because you’re suddenly dumbstruck cuz… that’s me. Right now. I just witnessed the most honest, beautiful, gut wrenching, refreshing, devastating and breath taking performance, I am inclined to say of all time, but I’m 18, I have a very small scope of perspective for time. Darren Criss was a phenomenon, outrageously comedic while crisply honest and brutally genuine. His performance left me completely breathless with a slack jaw and weak knees. Never in my life have I been completely removed from the burden of thought, I have anxiety and in fact have a chronic inability to stop thinking, but this show removed me from my own head and took me to a world full of heartbreak disgused by mockery, insecurity, desperation to be understood and loved, a world full of unknown identity and a need to find it and a world full of powerhouse musicians and actors and I was rapt. Lena Hall and Darren Criss are the most genuinely talented and selfless performers I’ve ever seen on stage and I feel so lucky to have not only experienced their hard work, but to have met them as well (despite my inability to tell them all this, which is a disappointment). I am in awe.
As I keep saying: Wow. Holy shit.
(via dailydarrennews)










From DarrenCrissArmy:

# Repost chlowinnett

Darren Criss is a god and today I watched him perform in all of his glory. Then he gave me a hug. #hedwigandtheangryinch http://ift.tt/2ejYk2f











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From dailydarrennews:

This pic captured a nice moment.   This man honestly looks touched.   As gleekto pointed out, it was nice to see a long-time Hedwig fan touched by Darren's performance (and most likely, Darren's kindness).  Very sweet.

andykhodak: So THIS happened @darrencriss @hedwigonbway #hedwigontour #sanfrancisco #goldengatetheatre. After 15 years of dreaming (or, probably, not even dreaming) of seeing Hedwig live not only I got to do that but also to meet that sweetest guy :happy face Well, I guess the expression on my face says it all #starstruck
October 18 2016
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I can't help but think of Lilikoiluv.  I hope she had a fantastic time tonight, seeing Darren perform in person for the first time tonight, and to top that, in such a fantastic role!  And on top of that, to see him speak at St. Ignatius, his alma mater in his home town!



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Note:  I believe Natalie Fisher writes for Hypable. 



(I guess some regular patrons of SHNSF did not know much about Hedwig.  :amused   Like Sarah said, their loss.)











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Some tweets:

This is one of my favorites:

















Two people's conversation about Darren:  :happy face




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Some tweets:


Ashley Riela had seen Darren in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway, and had admired his portrayal.  She also had seen NPH, Andrew Rannells, and John Cameron Mitchell in the role on Broadway, and is a big Hedwig fan.   She saw Hedwig again in SF.  :happy face 







This person tweeted a couple of times:






These two friends saw Hedwig together.







More tweets:











Note:  Tim Mislock is part of the band that performs in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Tits of Clay.





Note:  Adam Savage is the host of the TV show, Mythbusters on the Discovery Channel.  He also was the moderator of the SHNSF panel discussion/performance with Darren, Lena and  Stephen Trask that occurred in September 2016.



From dailydarrennews:

The pic that goes with Adam Savage's tweet:

@donttrythis: Saw the amazing @DarrenCriss & incredible @lenarockerhall in @HedwigOnBway at @shnsf in SF! It’s playing 1 more week and it’s fantastic. Go!



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From dailydarrennews:


renbensf:  :heart eyes Darren Criss  :heart eyes makes me believe in love and happiness. :big grin :big grin :big grin #darrencriss #lenahall #hedwigandtheangryinch #shn #goldengatetheatre #sanfrancisco #love #lunchbreak



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This person, @InXanadu, is a long-time Hedhead.  She had seen several actors play Hedwig in the 1998 off-Broadway Jane St. production, including John Cameron Mitchell and Kevin Cahoon.  On Broadway, she had seen NPH, Michael C. Hall and John Cameron Mitchell play Hedwig.   She had tweeted that she has seen 11 actors play Hedwig.  To her, John Cameron Mitchell is the only true Hedwig, although she feels there have been some great Hedwigs (she feels Michael C. Hall was a great Hedwig; his Hedwig moved her).  She did not see Darren in Hedwig on Broadway.

This is what she tweeted about Darren's performance in the SF venue:



Source:  @InXanadu, October 22, 2016




Other tweets from @InXanadu (most recent first, less recent later):









This is huge praise from a big Hedwig fan!  I am touched by how highly she regards Darren's Hedwig portrayal.



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More tweets:


I'm guessing that the matinee performance yesterday (10/22/16, Saturday) had sign language interpretation?   Can anyone confirm this?  Here is a short conversation about this:













This person seems to have seen solely the Hedwig film, but was moved by Darren's performance.  A series of her tweets:









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From dailydarrennews:


laviede_adriano  Such a great show thank you @darrencriss you slayed that stage boo #hedwigandtheangryinch #broadwaymusical #sanfrancisco #SF











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