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Hedda Gabler (Ophelia Theatre Group)

Members say: Absorbing, Intelligent, Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining
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Critics
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1 review
Members
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14 reviews
 

Ophelia Theatre Group presents a streamlined and stripped-down version of Henrik Ibsen's 1890 drawing-room classic about a woman trapped by society.

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Hedda Gabler has given up her exciting high-society life to settle down as the wife of an academic. But an old flame's return resurrects old rivalries, shifts power dynamics, and leaves one of the most iconic female characters of all time wondering how she can be a woman when she has no talent for it. 

 

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Reviews (15)

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Theatre is Easy

"The short 80 minute run time is made possible by McReady’s adaptation of the text, but also by her choice to overlap some dialogue. Though this does create a sense of unrest and tension at first, the repetition of this device is a little odd...Schirard shines most in her gradual shift to Hedda’s darker side, where she finds the control and power that make her life endurable. Thanks to Schirard’s performance, I left the theater thinking about the courage needed to live life by your own rules." Full Review

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83
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79
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Refreshing

See it if you like Ibsen; you enjoy a bit more modern take on this classic. great job by lead actress.

Don't see it if you don't like a streamline version of classic plays. You need more than a one room set.

82
Ambitious, Well done

See it if You enjoy going off the beaten path for the pleasure of a good show. Well-acted and well-directed, I found it to be well worth the time.

Don't see it if You only like Broadway or feel that Queens is too far to go for a show, or if you don't enjoy small shoestring productions.

85
Great acting, Intelligent, Refreshing, Relevant, Great writing

See it if you like-Ibsen-modern takes on dramatic classic-melodrama-one act play-minimalist productions in intimate venues-great dramatic performances

Don't see it if you want-elaborate stage production. you don't like-alterations to original text/dialogue of classics-fast paced dramas.

85
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if You like big things in small packages.

Don't see it if you need flash and high budget.

Also Very impressed with every aspect of this tiny production.

90
Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Masterful, Must see

See it if you like to see 5 very talented actors in a venue far below the level of their talents

Don't see it if you don;t want to travel yo Astoria and sit on hard chairs for 80 minutes. If you go , visit Vesta down the block

84
Absorbing, Great staging, Intimate, Great costuming, Unapologetically scandinavian

See it if you like slightly opaque psychological drama, twisted characters and a rich period feel. The small space was lushly furnished and well-used.

Don't see it if you're looking for high production value or Broadway glitz. It's a "community theatre with New York talent" vibe.

81
Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining, Physically painful

See it if you love Henrik Ibsen. I enjoyed this adaptation. You must get there early to sit in the 1st row!

Don't see it if you can't sit in an uncomfortable chair for a play w/ no intermission, and you can get there early enough to sit in the first row.

Also Neither the stage nor the audience is elevated, so you cannot see the ... Read more Read less

86
Funny, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if ....you enjoy watching young actors at their best, and a story which is absorbing and funny at the same time. Great acting by all.

Don't see it if .....if you're not interested in supporting new story writers and watching some great actors in the making.

88
Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you like Ibsen; you enjoy a beautiful story told with professionalism and respect; you enjoy period plays well acted and well directed.

Don't see it if you expect big production values or a big theater; or you're looking for a modern adaptation or something experimental.

78
Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if you like Ibsen, you're interested in women defying gender stereotypes in a period setting, you appreciate a well done show on a budget

Don't see it if you need lots of flashy production value, you are expecting a romantic comedy

88
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You live for heartbreak and the romance of disaster.

Don't see it if You don't like to be reminded of your own mortality and regrets.

78
Clever, Resonant, Indulgent, Slow, Entertaining

See it if you've never seen this play before and want to see a nice community theatre production.

Don't see it if you would rather see the original script performed.

58
Banal, Slow, Dated

See it if you'd like to check out a new theater space in a neighborhood you haven't been to before.

Don't see it if you're looking for zesty performances and production values.

86
Clever, Delightful, Intelligent, Masterful, Great staging

See it if You love Ibsen!

Don't see it if Don't understand fine playwrites