A compare and contrast of two stage shows. Fun for all twenty six people who have seen both!!
For the record, I enjoyed both productions immensely, and have real affection for both of the worlds being spoofed. I don’t think the tone is exactly the same, nor the politics exactly, but the similarities are striking. (Spoilers if you’re heading to Nashville to see Doyle and Debbie.)
|Doyle and Debbie vs.||Hedwig|
|Country||Rock and roll|
|The Doyle and Debbie Duo, a country duo||The Angry Inch, a rock and roll band|
|Loving but keen satire of: Nashville red-state earnest country conventions||Gentle send-up with ultimate embrace of: Big city PC rock-and-roll dreams|
|Barely concealed resentment of ex-wives Debbie 1 and 2||Rage, resentment and forgiveness of ex-boyfriend, Tommy Gnosis|
|“I Ain’t No Homo (But You Sure Look Good to Me)”||“Sugar Daddy, bring it home”|
|Record execs who want to sign Debbie on her own after Doyle brought her to Nashville.||Record execs who made Tommy famous with songs he stole from Hedwig.|
|Doyle feels emasculated.||Hedwig had most of his penis removed.|
|“When you’re screwing other women, think of me”||“Wicked Little Town”|
|What you hear just outside the stage door: Single-mother Debbie 3’s kids fighting in the car.||What you hear just outside the stage door: Tommy Gnonis fans screaming in a packed arena stadium.|
|Daddy’s scalp is in a box, taken down from the shelf tonight.
The scalp is possessed by Daddy’s alcoholic and abusive spirit.
|Big, blonde wig is in a box, taken down from the shelf tonight.
The wig is possessed with the power to make you feel like a rockstar.
|“Fat Women in Trailers”||“The Origins of Love”|