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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.

[. . . ]

. . . 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:












From DarrenCrissArmy:


# 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.
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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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Some more tweets:



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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From dailydarrennews:

Forbes wrote:
Celebrity Makeup Artist Mike Potter on Hedwig, Discovering Yourself, and Three Things All Women Need

October 25, 2016

Let’s talk about the current Hedwig, Darren Criss. What does he bring to the show?


What Darren brings to Hedwig is this youthful, rock and roll energy. He’s got the free, open thing that the younger kids have now – they’re so much more accepting these days.
Years ago, you wouldn’t think of a straight heartthrob actor playing this role. It’s actually shocking. He sings great, looks great, and is a little firecracker.







ffenili: Amazing performance by this #wildcat #hedwig






minami_e: @marzate91 and I were THIS CLOSE to @darrencriss today! Seriously can’t get enough of this show, and not just because of Darren (but it helps Wink ) #secondrowseats #hedwigSHN #hedwigonbway #hedwigandtheangryinch #shnsf #darrencriss #lastdarrenphotoiswear





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About a performance last week:




About the Tuesday night performance (10/25/16):




















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The lovely Gleekto posted her insightful comments:

gleekto wrote:
Darren was brilliant. And while the audience was laughing vociferously at the sassy first half - and went ballistic over the Trump jokes - “Guy just popped a couple of tic tacs and grabbed me all over. LAUGHS. Oh? You know him? You know him, don’t you? And I am just like Donald, you must stop messaging me on Grindr.” - as well as the rest - Darren had everyone under his spell in the second half.

There were several long extended moments where it was so silent you could hear a pin drop - the entire ‘love the front of me’ scene, the transformation from Tommy back into Hedwig (btw - the audience did clap at the end of WLTR but they staged it differently than Broadway. He hadn’t transformed back into Hedwig yet and it was like Tommy waited and invited the applause. Then he transformed and it was dead silent), when hedwig gave Yitzhak the mic for Long Grift - just a lot of heavy emotions felt in the audience.

On a lighter Sugar Daddy note, luckily, Hedwig found a gay couple in the front row, kissed one (who was LOVING it), asked if they were a couple (nods), made the threesome joke (both nod enthusiastically), so Hedwig was not making it up when she said “oh he’s into it.”

Pet peeves included random man behind us yelling “We love you, LENA” when Yitzhak was being applauded after Long Grift (like, what?) and dry ice during WLTR which envelopes the front row and I’m slightly allergic so I was like - no go away trying to watch.

Also during “Tear Me Down” there was a sexy-ish moment between Hedwig and Yitzhak where they grind together and lick each other’s tongues in what I can only say is a rock n’ roll gesture - but it was new (for me) and it worked. 

Hedwig’s rage in Exquisite Corpse was glorious and powerful. 

Also, I sat beside a woman (who is from NYC) who came with her partner now and also came for the first week of the SF run, and saw it many times in NY - with Neil, Andrew Rannells, Darren, Taye Diggs, and Lena here (whom she loved) - but said Darren is her favorite. Me too.

Just wow, that show is a BEAST. How he does it, I don’t know. But just amazing.

-Gleekto

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From dailydarrennews:






Darren with fans at stage door on October 26th, 2016
@BearZombies       My wife has had her birthday, and general life made. @DarrenCriss fantastic show, truly beautiful, and a gentleman to boot.





Oh, the sass!  Love it!  (Probably another regular SHN patron, who had no idea what to expect? Razz )


jenndesq:
amaaaazing! that grumpy face he’s making is at the guy he made out with and then made fun of all show.  :big grin (at SHN Golden Gate Theatre)
October 27 2016   (Source)



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This person tweeted a couple of times:









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From dailydarrennews:


darrenbuttisgoodbutt:
He kept trying to tell people not to take selfies, and I was completely fine with that, content with just interaction. But then when literally everyone in line asked for a selfie, he looked at me and asked if I wanted one too. I didnt, but I mean. He offered and had already grabbed Victoria’s ( @using-the-force ) phone. It was incredibly sweet of him, and I’m very grateful!

Highlight of the show for me was literally all of it. Wednesday matinée show, the crowd was full of people over the age of fifty and it was hilarious seeing Hedwig in a crowd like that. He made a joke, just before the Sarah Jessica Parka joke, about feeling “like Harry…. Potter” and the 10% of us in the audience absolutely lost it. In the beginning, he slipped hopping down to sit on the edge of the stage for the ‘groaning planks’ and made jokes about ‘currently being supported- or not supported’.
I’m so grateful for this entire trip. I’m the farthest away from home that I’ve ever been, and it’s been one of the best weeks of my life
October 27 2016   (Source)








@m7z: Electrifying show! Got to meet @DarrenCriss and @LenaRockerHall at Twitter last week and they are really cool people. #HedwigSHN
October 28 2016



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From dailydarrennews:



Anthony Rapp (On Broadway:  Rent, If/Then) went to see Darren in SF! 

Anthony Rapp I had the distinct pleasure of finally seeing @darrencriss in @hedwigonbway in SF. Inspiring work!
October 29 2016
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Aw, Lee Tonks, a long-time Hedhead, went to see HATAI in SF.
 
tonks42:
Tonight was wonderful. Darren and Lena were both so good. I can’t wait to go back tomorrow.
October 29 2016   (Source)
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alishaboe: thank you @demingssterfon

demingssterfon: I saw one of the most musically gifted and talented actors around Darren Criss. I just saw his performance in the play Hedwig. You know I worked with him on Glee and knew he was talented but what he did in this performance was next level!!! #ilikeit #theatre #broadway #tonywinner #tonyaward #prtformance #darrencriss #glee #play #hait #hairstyles #haitryles
October 29 2016
Dailydarrennews








From Darren Criss Army:

This person is a big Hedwig fan.  I believe I posted her tweets upstream, where she posted her views about Darren in Hedwig.  :happy face

# Regrann here_in_xanadu

This happened. #hedwigandtheangryinch #hedheadbliss #darrencriss http://ift.tt/2fiYqKw
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# Repost dancingbizz
Darren Criss was #absolutlyfabulous tonight as #Hedwig at the #goldengatetheatre #ilovethisstory your performance was #epic #powerful #transformative #emotive #trulybeautiful and I feel full of #gratitude for #you #thankyou #darrencriss #jessicarabbit #hedwigandtheangryinch http://ift.tt/2fiXuGd
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# Repost mrsp22291

Absolutely amazing. I can not express how amazing this show was tonight. The performances were OUTSTANDING. Then to be able to stay after and get autographs and talk with performers. What an amazing treat for me. http://ift.tt/2f0cR2F
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# Repost @itz_jayveezy

Had the pleasure of meeting Darren Criss from #Glee and #HedwigAndTheAngryInch He did such an amazing job tonight! #iHeartMusicals #DateNight #SF #GoldenGateTheatre #FridayNight #TGIF #StarStruck #Famous #InstaFamous http://ift.tt/2f2yaiC
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I have some fan tweets about the last couple of days of shows, but I've been really busy/little under the weather.  Will post those soon.



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From dailydarrennews:

This truly is a wonderful compliment:


October 30 2016   (Source:  Screenshot)
Source:  @DarrenCriss, October 30, 2016
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 I agree with these folks: 





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From dailydarrennews:


‏@chengnin     Meeting the amazing @DarrenCriss after @HedwigOnBway! Killed it tonight!




This is really a fantastic comment:

@nicklulli      Great job tonight, @DarrenCriss --- meant what I said --- you were meant for this role. Thx for signing for @LaurenTacey & me + pic








hreeser: Such a magical show! #hedwigandtheangryinch #hedwigshn

karie2828: It all went according to my plan. We sat down and I told Jennie to sit in the closer seat to the middle. I assessed the row of people and thought, “I bet Hedwig kisses the guy next to her”. Which would be perfect; close but not too close. And sure enough, mid song he comes down from the stage and walks right up to the man sitting next to Jennie. Climbs into his lap and kisses him square on the mouth. He brushed up against Jennie’s leg in he process. Couldn’t have worked out better if I actually had a say in it. #hedwigandtheangryinch #shnsf #matinee #goldengatetheater @darrencriss


Note:  hreeser   also said: 
Finally seeing Hedwig tonight!  I have loved this music since high school.  Can't wait to see it come alive on stage.  #hedwigandtheangryinch #hedwig #illustration #sanfrancisco #hedwigSHN







Gleekto saw Darren in SF Hedwig twice, once on Tuesday (October 25) and one on Friday (October 28).   I posted her earlier notes upstream.  Here are her thoughts about the Friday show.

 


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gleekto wrote:
I am back in real life after a whirlwind week in SF - doing many things including Hedwig. Twice. (cue Hedwig twirl kick and cymbal crash).

I know people like to hear the uniquenesses of each show, and I did a little Tuesday night write up already, so this will focus more on Friday October 28 show and the whole thing…

So whether you like it or not…

1. It all must start and end with how truly incredible Darren is in this role. Sometimes I become so used to the lilt of his Hedwig voice that I forget what Darren sounds like. He is both very funny and truly heartbreaking.

2. Which brings me to Friday night - Absolute dead silence after WLTR. Which is interesting (and powerful) because they have changed the staging a bit to allow for the crowd to clap for Tommy if they are so inclined (as they did on Tuesday, followed by silence), as the transition between Tommy and Hedwig is longer. It was a long, heavy, mesmerized silence.

3. A general change from Broadway is that as Tommy changes back into Hedwig again after WLTR, there is a greater focus on her surprise at the ash silver cross (Tommy’s signature cross) on her forehead - like there is a now clear self awareness that she (Hedwig) has embodied Tommy. This favours the Tommy-is-really-Hedwig in WLTR interpretation of Hedwig that Darren himself has said is his interpretation. It was very effective.


4. So on Tuesday, as was posted by the guy himself, a gay couple was sitting in the front row and one of them (who is a big Darren fan) got the kiss. While Hedwig is routinely asking the kiss recipient about the person next to them - “do you two come together? Oh you do. Maybe we can come as a threesome later” - On Tuesday they actually were a couple and were both nodding enthusiastically, so Hedwig says after that line - “Oh he’s into it!” (pointing to the boyfriend) and then Yitzhak scowled and Hedwig turns to him “Oh, he’s not”. Was very funny. On Friday night the kiss recipient was a big burly guy in the front row. Also hilarious just because idiosyncratic.

5. Shout out to Wig In A Box which Darren has managed to make surprisingly heartbreaking and beautiful every time.

6. So obviously when you’re like many of us seeing the show many times, you know all the jokes that are about to come. On Friday night, there was a guy behind me who clearly had not seen it before and so I got this little gem at the Holocaust jokes:

Hedwig: “I lost an uncle at Auschwitz too. Mind you, he fell from a guard tower but we all suffered….” etc

Guy behind me to person beside him: “Oh my god they went there. Oh my god.”

Hedwig: “Too soon? Too soon, right?”

It was just SO meta. Perfect.

7. The fan experience - Had a lovely fun dinner with @yanks02, @klaineandbiscuits, @jenndesq, and @amelodysosweet and was at the stage door with @yanks02 and @klaineandbiscuits. As everyone has said, this stage door is SO chill compared to NYC. A+. DO recommend. When Darren got to us, I told him that I had come from Toronto to see him, he was amazing etc…, and he thanked all of us for coming from Toronto, which I was then like “just me” and @klaineandbiscuits “I’m from Nova Scotia” (impressed), and I pointed to @yanks02 and said “San Francisco” to which, as you’ve probably read in her post already, she said “I’ve seen the show fifteen times and he said thank you so much and put his head on her shoulder for a moment and yes, he just has sweetness flowing from him. He makes eye contact with everyone. That’s the thing he gives you. And it’s unique really.

8. And I gotta end with it too - He is such a talent, that Darren. Enjoy it, LA. Hedwig’s coming for you.

October 30 2016   (Source)



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# Repost johnna02

“Hey it’s you guys (from the front row)” “Yeah we are here for our threesome you offered us!” “Sweet, well thanks for taking me up on it!” Thank you #darrencriss for ending my Hedwig month on an utter high! http://ift.tt/2f7eH0g






# Repost krlcrv

Awesome shows of #hedwigonbway

#darrencriss was amazing on stage, and a wonderful guy when I met him at the stage door. Great day!!

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# Repost joecougar_mellenpaiz

Got to see #DarrenCriss’ last show in San Francisco as #hedwigonbway yesterday and he absolutely rocked it! #DarrenCriss #hedwigandtheangryinch #hedwigonbway #hedwigshn http://ift.tt/2dWfsgy
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This was interesting to note, about why Darren was not able to do stage door after his last SF show, unfortunately. 

jenndesq:
one of the reasons darren couldn’t do stage door is because the crew immediately started striking the set, as soon as the show ended.
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Here’s to #darrencriss #lenarockerhall #titsofclay and the best October ever in San Francisco see you on Nov 1 Los Angeles ! http://ift.tt/2f6KMFf
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gribblette  I laughed and cried and sang. Thank you, my most favorite ever.
 
jayenelle  Great show this afternoon! Cried buckets. My first time, and not my last!! @darrencrist @lenarockerhall
 
heidi_wastweet  Loved watching you guys yesterday in SF. Even for a Saturday matinee you all gave 100% in a incredibly high energy show. I do NOT know how you do this twice in one day. BRAVO!!!
 
decadently_deborah  Saw in SF. If I had the money, or the vacation days, I'd fly back to LA to see it there too! Awesome performance by such a wonderful cast and crew
 
madamemarcelle  Had the best time. So enjoyed every minute of it. Darren was pure magic, Lena was fantastic

here_in_xanadu  Best of the best. Great show, amazing people.





Note:  Aw, here_in_xanadu, whose tweets and messages I had posted upstream and who is a long, long-time Hedhead,  posted a sweet comment about the SF Hedwig  Tour cast.



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