Has a play ever been revived with more alarming frequency than Hedda Gabler (1890)? As Ibsen’s ghost was heard protesting in Kristiania, Norway, only last weekend: “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.”
Hedda Gabler is apparently the only play that Henrik Ibsen ever wrote. While the derided revival Read More
Seems like Showtime’s Weeds stars have caught the stage bug recently. First, Hunter Parrish makes his Broadway debut in Spring Awakening on Aug. 18. Now Mary-Louise Parker, the MILF who plays his drug-dealer mom on Showtime’s Weeds, will trot back onto Broadway too. She’ll star in a revival of Henrik Ibsen’s classic Hedda Gabler in Read More
It’s a pity the garbage dump is missing from the Roundabout Theatre’s revival of Joe Orton’s vintage 1964 black comedy, Entertaining Mr. Sloane. After all, the English master of amoral anarchy set the genteel drawing room of his play on a garbage dump, and we assume that the great Orton knew what he was doing. Read More
I had hopes for Ivo van Hove’s radical new production of Hedda Gabler with the acclaimed Elizabeth Marvel as Hedda. The first sight of the airy, modernist white set with its minimalist furniture, small TV in a corner, buckets of flowers, a stray shoe, even a video intercom, dynamited Ibsen’s traditional drawing room.
And there Read More
The new production of Hedda Gabler with Kate Burton achieves something that nobody has thought of doing in theater history. It has turned Henrik Ibsen into a comedian.
No doubt old Henrik was capable of a light moment or two as the Norwegian nights were drawing in in Christiana. But the view that his dark, Read More
How to Read and Why , by Harold Bloom. Scribner, 283 pages, $25.
Ignore the headline. The true title of this review is “How to Read Harold Bloom and Why,” and I will proceed exactly so: first the how, then the why.
Open your Bloom anywhere (there are now two dozen titles to choose Read More