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Hedda Gabler

Hedda Gabler

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by Henrik Ibsen
     
 

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In 1890, Henrik Ibsen premiered Hedda Gabler, a play questioning the role of women in Victorian society. Some audiences have viewed Gabler as a woman driven to desperation simply because her world has turned out to be less charmed than she hoped. For others, she is a victim of her times, unwilling to devote herself, as was expected of her, to the duties of home.

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In 1890, Henrik Ibsen premiered Hedda Gabler, a play questioning the role of women in Victorian society. Some audiences have viewed Gabler as a woman driven to desperation simply because her world has turned out to be less charmed than she hoped. For others, she is a victim of her times, unwilling to devote herself, as was expected of her, to the duties of home. Jon Robin Baitz has brushed away the cobwebs, and he serves as an ambassador from Ibsen's age to our own, preserving the intensity of the original but translating it into a spare, contemporary idiom. His adaptation provides an opportunity to understand the play through a lens shaped by feminism and a theatrical tradition beginning with Beckett. Trapped by the conventions of her age, Gabler is both a martyr and a female incarnation of Vladimir and Estragon, longing for a salvation that will likely never arrive.

Editorial Reviews

NY Times
...when else have you seen a HEDDA GABLER that moved with such compelling force and fluency...? Jon Robin Baitz's loosened-up, colloquial translation is perfect...
Variety
...[demystifies] Ibsen's daunting antiheroine...[cuts] away the grande-dame mannerisms and aura of theatricality that the character tends to trail along with those sweeping 19th-century skirts...[a] nimble adaptation...
NY Post
...[a] fluently idiomatic adaptation by Jon Robin Baitz...
Connecticut Post
...by far the best play of the season...HEDDA GABLER has so many layers. The tragedy plays upon the irony, which acts upon fully drawn characters to make up a thoroughly modern work...You won't see a better production of this fascinating play...
The Record-Journal
When Henrik Ibsen...wrote HEDDA GABLER 110 years ago, a woman's place in society was far different from what it is today. The fact that this psychological drama plays as well now as it did a century ago is apt tribute to the sheer genius of the playwright.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802138064
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
05/28/2001
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
735,893
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906) was a Norwegian playwright and poet whose realistic, symbolic and often controversial plays revolutionised European theatre. He is widely regarded as the father of modern drama. His acclaimed plays include A Doll's House, Ghosts, Hedda Gabler, An Enemy of the People.

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