Hedda Gabler

Overview

Universally condemned in 1890 when it was written, Hedda Gabler has since become one of Ibsen's most frequently performed plays. Its title role is elusive and complex: Hedda is an intelligent and ambitious woman, who has no means of finding personal fulfilment in the stifling world of late nineteenth-century bourgeois society. Too frightened of scandal to become involved with a brilliant, wayward writer, she opts for a conventional but loveless marriage in the hope of finding surrogate fulfilment through her ...
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Overview

Universally condemned in 1890 when it was written, Hedda Gabler has since become one of Ibsen's most frequently performed plays. Its title role is elusive and complex: Hedda is an intelligent and ambitious woman, who has no means of finding personal fulfilment in the stifling world of late nineteenth-century bourgeois society. Too frightened of scandal to become involved with a brilliant, wayward writer, she opts for a conventional but loveless marriage in the hope of finding surrogate fulfilment through her husband's career. Blending comedy and tragedy disconcertingly together, Ibsen probes the thwarted aspirations and hidden anxieties of his characters against a background of contemporary social conditions and attitudes.
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822218616
  • Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2002
  • Sales rank: 817,835
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.10 (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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Table of Contents

Henrik Ibsen: 1828-1906 iv
Plot xi
Commentary
The biographical and historical context xxiii
The geographical and stage environment xxxiii
The relationships
Hedda and Tesman xlvi
Hedda and Brack lii
Hedda and Loevborg lvi
Conclusion lx
Hedda Gabler in context lxv
Hedda Gabler on stage lxix
Further Reading lxxviii
Hedda Gabler 1
Note on the Translation 105
Notes 106
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