Henrik Ibsen's Classic Drama Hedda Gabler at H Street Playhouse
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The last date listed for Hedda Gabler was Sunday January 29, 2012 / 7:30pm.
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Featured review from C. Mason
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Hedda Gabler was really well done and I enjoyed it a lot. Most of the actors were very strong. I felt Heda (and in fact, several of the middle-aged cast members) were slightly miscast and younger talent would have fit the roles better. That aside, the performances were good, the staging worked well, and the play moved along despite its length. The Judge was the real standout---he stole the show with his perfect timing, energy, and delivery. George/Jørgen fell somewhere between ridiculously irritating (in a good way) and overacting; at points I wondered if he was intentionally adding a gay affect to the character. Thea was a neurotic bundle of nerves, and although her voice drove me crazy, she fit the part (so sweet and neurotic you want to slap her). Heda made good use of facial expressions and tone of voice to convey the character's inner turmoil. Aunt Ju Ju was another strong performance, although her tone toward the end seemed a little over-the-top in its sarcasm and menacing. To me, Bertha was the weakest character, with her goofy, out-of-place Bronx accent and stupid wig. A more understated performance would have been better.
Overall, I enjoyed the play, but I'm not sure that shifting it to the late 1930s really added much. I'm sure there are some arguments to be made about modernism and beauty and brutality on the eve of WWII, but those fit just as easily in the original context of the turn of the century.
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My husband and I enjoyed it. It kept our attention the whole time in spite of its length - approximately 2 3/4 hours, including a ten minute intermission. The actress playing Hedda was too old and somewhat masculine for the part she played and her...continued
Ibsen’s place in modern drama is without parallel. He was a visionary, a harbinger of the modern dilemma who helped create modern theatre. His plays such as A Doll’s House, Peer Gynt, and Hedda Gabler set the tone for much of what happens on today’s stages. And, by employing Irish playwright Friel’s 2008 adaptation, SCENA highlights these modern aspects of the play as well as celebrates another great international playwright.
The cast of Hedda Gabler includes accomplished D.C. actors Kerry Waters, Lee Ordeman, Rena Cherry Brown, Mary Suib, Eric Lucas, Danielle Davy and Jim Jorgensen.