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attended Feb 11 2007

The play was very well acted, well-directed, and staged. I know this play very well so was occasionally surprised by the notes of humor (mostly playing up the ironies of... continued

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Who is Hedda Gabler? Is the beautiful bride a victim or a villain? Is she a pistol-packing “new woman,” or the demure last gasp of a dying social order?

Ibsen’s work is still as relevant now as it was in the 19th century. With Hedda Gabler, A.C.T. brings to life Ibsen’s tragic and complex study of one of the most compelling and contradictory women in dramatic literature. Hedda might be a master manipulator who destroys others out of sheer boredom, or the collateral damage wrought by unfortunate circumstances, but this much is clear: After a tedious six-month honeymoon, Hedda returns home to face her new married life—her lavish house, her tenuous wealth, the return of a passionate former lover—and, most terrifying of all, her own self.

By Henrik Ibsen

Translated from the Norwegian by Paul Walsh

Directed by Richard E. T. White

Featuring René Augesen