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opened Off Broadway in 1998 and had its first Broadway run (during which Criss also starred as Hedwig for a time) in 2014, winning the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. The national tour kicks off in October in San Francisco before moving to L.A. in November, and Criss says Angelenos will be treated to unique performances. “The show is meant to shift and change based on the current sociopolitical climate,” explains Criss, adding that it is also influenced by the particular cities in which it’s staged. “In light of it being November [Editor’s note: i.e., election month], I think L.A. is definitely going to see a very interesting performance from Hedwig.” There are other aspects at

“[Hedwig’s] always been relevant and always been important.”


The shows to watch out for this season

OCTOBER Joseph and the Amazing

play, too. The tour comes at a time when Caitlyn Jenner and Laverne Cox are household names and transgender rights are a hot topic in the U.S. The story of a transgender person—or genderqueer person, as Hedwig writer John Cameron Mitchell prefers—carries particular power today. “I think [Hedwig’s] always been relevant and always

been important,” says Criss. “But I think that maybe now our larger society might be more programmed to have it hit home a little better than it has before.” Beyond the politics, Criss says the David Bowie-inspired

music, and the spectacle of it all, will attract audiences of all kinds. For him, it doesn’t matter why people are sitting in their seats as long as they see the show. And he’s certain they won’t regret coming. “If I have to give you the bro answer, it’s really fun, and it’s a fucking great show.” à Hedwig and the Angry Inch plays Nov 2–27 at Pantages Theatre ( $35–$149.

Hedwig on Broadway

Technicolor Dreamcoat When the Bible story of Joseph and his jealous brothers is told in musical-theater form by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, the prophetic lad interprets the dreams of a Pharaoh who looks a lot like Elvis Presley. à 3-D Theatricals at Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Redondo Beach. Through Oct 9 at various times and prices. · Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Dr. Oct 14–21 at various times and prices. · 714- 589-2770,

The Tragedy of JFK (as told

by Wm. Shakespeare) This world premiere is conceived, adapted and directed by Daniel Henning, who comes to bury Kennedy—or to praise him? The language is drawn from Shakespeare’s plays. à The Blank Theatre at Skylight Theatre, 1816-1/2 N Vermont Ave (323-661-9827, Through Nov 6: Fri at 8:30pm, Sat at 8pm, Sun at 2pm; $25–$35.

The Model Apartment A deep, surreal, and thought-

provoking play, written by Donald Margulies, about elderly parents and their grown daughter as they are still feeling the effects of a decades-before global trauma. à Audrey Skirball Theater at Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave (310-208- 5454, Oct 11–Nov 20: Tue–Fri at 8pm; Sat at 3, 8pm; Sun at 2, 7pm. $76–$82.

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Buyer & Cellar Jai Rodriguez plays an actor who

may or may not have worked in Barbra Streisand’s Malibu home basement shopping mall, where she’s the only customer. à Falcon Theatre, 4252 Riverside Dr, Burbank (818–955-8101, Oct 14– Nov 6: Wed–Sat at 8pm, Sun at 4pm; $30–$45.

Shipwrecked! An

Entertainment Self-promoting, publicity- seeking celebrity or Victorian gentleman with a true colorful past as a seafaring wanderer? This is the story of Louis de Rougemont—but is it all a lie? à International City Theatre at Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 330 E Seaside Way, Long Beach (562-436-4610, Oct 14–Nov 6: Thu–Sat at 8pm, Sun at 2pm; $35–$49.

Celebrate Forsythe Acclaimed choreographer

William Forsythe is celebrated with not one event but an entire month’s worth during Fall for Forsythe. As part of those festivities, San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Houston Ballet come together in one program devoted entirely to his work. à Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N Grand Ave (213-972-0711, forsythe). Oct 21, 22 at 7:30pm; Oct 23 at 2pm. $34–$125.

M. Butterfly In this tender play by David

Henry Hwang, inspired by Giacomo Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly, a French diplomat falls in love with the star of the Peking Opera, then


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