In a cave … in the rain

Hedwig dress rehearsal wows Halibut Cove audience

By Randi Somers
Homer Tribune

HOMER TRIBUNE/Randi Somers - Director Kathleen Gustafson (left) steps in to provide harmony as Hedwig (Atz Lee Kilcher) polishes up his performance at Pier One on Aug. 28.

HOMER TRIBUNE/Randi Somers - Director Kathleen Gustafson (left) steps in to provide harmony as Hedwig (Atz Lee Kilcher) polishes up his performance at Pier One on Aug. 28.

In its final “Off-Pier One” performance, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” traveled to Halibut Cove last week to entertain a wet, but cozy audience on the deck of the Saltry Restaurant.
While the troupe has been performing in various venues around Homer for much of the summer, the Halibut Cove evening was billed as a “dress rehearsal.” And “dress” was certainly the appropriate term for the one-man show, starring Atz Lee Kilcher.
Kilcher vamped through the performance wearing a short dress, which ripped away later during the show to reveal an even skimpier skirt. (He later flipped up the hem of his skirt to reveal street-appropriate shorts.)
The remainder of the troupe – the band – was generally out of the spotlight, with the exception of director Kathleen Gustafson. Gustafson doubled as Hedwig’s husband, singing harmony in drab blue coveralls that sharply contrasted with Hedwig’s revealing dresses and gaudy blonde and pink wigs.
“We’re performing in a cave in the rain,” Gustafson joked.
The players were sheltered by the roof over part of the Saltry deck, but much of the audience soaked up the rain right along with the humor of the play. They included a busload of senior citizens from the Kenai area, who seemed to revel in the adventure – as well as the performance – which some might consider slightly risque.
Before dining on the deck, out-of-state visitors wandered the island, soaking up the nature, the artistry and a few intermittent showers in the bounty across the Bay. They didn’t have to go far for beauty, as the Saltry itself is a work of art, with window paintings remaining from their pirate celebration, ceramic works, tiled table tops and bathroom murals.
Traveling to Halibut Cove on the Danny J is always an artistic adventure. On this trip, Captain Tammy Barnette obligingly circled a swimming otter and puffins for the mostly local camera-toting passengers. The sea and winds were flat calm and the rain in abeyance during the trip across the Bay. The return trip, however, found passengers donning bright yellow rain ponchos distributed by crew Elsa Bishop.
The dress rehearsal of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” served as an appetizer (as delicious as the delectable seafood specialties for which the Saltry is famous) for the on-stage performance at Pier One Theatre scheduled to open Aug. 28.

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