Portraying one of the most intriguing female stage roles in early modern drama, Pear Theatre's artistic director Betsy Kruse Craig rises to the challenge…. Is Hedda mad or just manipulative? Can a contemporary theatregoer feel sorry for her or just rage and disbelief? Kruse Craig handles those dilemmas with nuance and bravado. It's her show, and it's a winner.”
Elizabeth Kruse Craig is superb as Hedda, precisely delineating a domineering, frustrated and malicious woman with a penchant for self-dramatization
Hedda Gabler, the daughter of General Gabler, is a lustful, intellectual woman bored by her marriage to the scholar George Tesman, who is pursuing influence and power. Her father’s pair of pistols provide intermittent diversion, as do the attentions of the ne’er-do-well Judge Brack. But when Thea Elvestad, a old acquaintance of Hedda’s, reveals she has left her husband for the writer Ejlert Løvborg, an old flame of Hedda’s, the latter becomes vengeful…
Eugene O’Neill called Ibsen’s work “intensely human and understandable” and “much nearer to me than Shakespeare.” But perhaps Swedish critic Martin Lamm put it best when he said, “Ibsen is the Rome of modern drama. All roads ultimately lead from him and to him.”
Limited 3-Week Run — closes October 28th!
Directed by Dale Albright.
Tickets $32/$28 seniors & students