Ibsen's Classic Drama Hedda Gabler at A.C.T.
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Master clowns Bill Irwin (Scapin, Waiting for Godot), a two-time Tony winner, and David Shiner (Cirque du Soleil, Seussical) bring their stage hit Old Hats to A.C.T. Their hilarious new work features original music, imaginative movement and a captivating use of technology designed to bring a smile to your face. Shiner and Irwin also co-created the Broadway hit Fool Moon, which ran through most of the '90s and racked up two Tonys, a Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards. A continuation of Fool Moon, the joyful Old Hats won the 2013 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Alternative Theatrical Experience and the 2013 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revue. Irwin took home his Tonys for his dramatic role in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? along with Fool Moon, but he may be best known as Mr. Noodle from Elmo's World. Shiner not only originated the role of the Cat in the Hat from Broadway's Seussical, but he also wrote and directed Cirque du Soleil: KOOZA. This production features direction from Tina Landau, whose production of Saroyan's The Time of Your Life thrilled audiences in 2004. Learn More
You're wasting your money to sit in the balcony at this theater. The rack of lights attached to the front of the balcony blocks the view of those in the front row, so they lean forward at the edge of their seats to see action at the front of the stage. The balcony is VERY steeply raked, so when they lean forward, a ripple effect occurs where the people in the second row also lean forward to try to see around the heads of the people in the front row who are now blocking their view, and so on and so on. If those in the front row are inconsiderate jerks, they stay leaned forward through the entire show, and no one behind them can see. Absolute sightline FAIL. The lighting rig needs to be redesigned!!! The owners of this theater don't give a crap about screwing over balcony patrons. I politely asked the usher to ask the people in the front row to sit back, and he point-blank refused to do so.Old Hats info • Sep 29 2014 star this tip starred
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I originally hesitated to see Hedda Gabler due to a mediocre review in the SF Chronicle. However, this was first rate. The story is so compellng, of a woman who feels the need to destroy the lives of others through manipulation. Plus, the actress who played Hedda (René Augesen) carried it off well. No one left the theater during intermission (which I do on occassion if the play is not good). For anyone who likes ACT, you'll like this. Very glad that I went.
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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 the play) that evoked laughter from the crowd, since I usually think of this...continued
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