Ibsen's Classic Drama Hedda Gabler at A.C.T.
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The last date listed for Hedda Gabler was Sunday March 11, 2007 / 2:00pm.
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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