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Members say: Quirky, Slow, Indulgent, Confusing, Disappointing

About the show

Armed with puppets, dolls, gizmos, and gadgets, a performer and stage manager attempt to perform the lamentable tale of 'Hedda Gabler.' Part of the 2018 Dream Up Festival. More…

First performed in 1891, 'Hedda Gabler' is about a woman who, having recently married an unimaginably bland man, is bored and resentful. When an old lover is re-introduced in to her life, she spirals down a destructive path to leach from others what she cannot obtain herself: courage and passion. Despite her misguided attempts to seize some power, she is outmanipulated. This new piece seeks to dismantle this classic piece of nineteenth century realism and zoom the perspective to Hedda. And see how much fun it can be.

Member Reviews (17)


Quirky, Slow, Indulgent, Confusing, Disappointing
Avg Score

Smart, Poignant, Uneven, Unfinished

See it if you like deconstructions of classic theater texts.

Don't see it if you want the original "Hedda Gabler," or a full play with fully live characters.

Also I admire what I think this "Hedda" is trying to do, but it doesn’t ful... Read more Read less

Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if an experimental one woman performance of a classic masterpiece using toys and clothing to represent the characters seems like a good idea.

Don't see it if you lack tolerance for seemingly random performance choices that do not enhance the plot or reveal the characters.

Ambitious, Indulgent, Confusing, Slow, Quirky

See it if You want to support a production at the development phase. You enjoy non-traditional stagings of classic plays. You like puppetry.

Don't see it if You want non- traditional choices that help illuminate a classic play. You want Hedda in it's original format. You're not familiar w/Hedda.

Also This felt more like an acting school project than a professional produ... Read more Read less

Confusing, Slow, Quirky, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if Good Acting, to play is only an hour long and interesting. With puppets and Barbie dolls are used.

Don't see it if You want flash and dancing. It a work in progress.

Also it was confusing a times and it took me awhile to figure out really wh... Read more Read less

Banal, Ambitious, Indulgent, Disappointing, Edgy

See it if you're a hard-core Ibsen/Hedda fan into seeing all interpretations.

Don't see it if you expect a production with fully realized characters and portrayals, don't like one-woman shows, not a fan of fringe theatre.

Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Interdisciplinary, Playful

See it if You want to be inspired as a director. There are some really interesting choices made in the staging of this show. You enjoy sock puppets.

Don't see it if You dislike frame narratives or an excess of artifice. Dislike one-person shows. (it's technically a two-hander for brief moments)

Also "I want for once in my life to have power to mold a human destiny." -H... Read more Read less

Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent

See it if you like amateur shows, you like self-indulgent performance art, you like sock puppets, you enjoy the idea of Ibsen screaming from the grave

Don't see it if you value theater, you hate to see classics trashed, you value your time,

Great acting, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if You want to see a depressing 19th century Scandinavian play as a 1-act 1-woman show with an oven mitt hand puppet & Casio keyboard beats.

Don't see it if It's indulgent and mildly confusing, but the actress seems to be having fun. There's nothing horrid about this, nor much to recommend.

Quirky, Thought-provoking, Confusing

See it if You already know the story of Hedda and want to see it in a totally unique one woman production

Don't see it if You want a fully fleshed production, or even a completely coherent point of view.

Great acting, Ambitious, Enchanting, Quirky, Slow

See it if you want to see a one woman adaptation of this classic play, she really does an admirable job throughout

Don't see it if you want a fully staged piece, or want a contemporary play - also the use of puppets is REALLY misadvertised...

Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Quirky, Slow

See it if You want to support young actors & low budget production that is experimental with a “in development” feel. Interesting idea but didn’t work

Don't see it if You expect creative puppetry. This was a 1 woman show presenting an abbreviated version of Hedda Gabler told with dolls and sock puppets.


See it if You like to see young people experimenting with new ways to present an old classic.

Don't see it if you expect good, one-person, acting of multiple parts. Don't see it on a hot day, in a humid basement, with no air conditioning

Also I've seen one person shows acted masterfully. This is not it. There wa... Read more Read less

Great acting, Masterful

See it if You want a concise and clear interpretation of Hedda Gabler with interesting staging.

Don't see it if You're expecting the mood and length of an Ibsen play.

Slow, Quirky, Funny, Confusing, Edgy

See it if You appreciate creative approaches to theater - here, the various characters were played by one actor, using dolls and very simple puppets

Don't see it if You want to see a deep, thoughtful and well-paced play

Also This has potential. It’s essentially a one-woman show. Use of differen... Read more Read less

Clever, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if if you like experimental theater, where a woman does the whole show with tiny hand and finger puppets and doll house like props

Don't see it if IF you want a traditional rendering of Hedda Gabbler.

Clever, Quirky, Funny, Indulgent, Resonant

See it if you like low-fi versions of classics where the love for the source material shines thru. Clever staging + brisk run time = fun little show

Don't see it if One person shows aren't for you, or you don't want to feel the vibe of "putting on a show" as a kid

Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You like Hedda Gabler/Ibsen, You're a former theater person, You like creative interpretations

Don't see it if You're lame, you're a classicist

“Hedda ” hasn't been reviewed by any Critics (yet!)

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