Friday, December 01, 2006

Hedda Gabler [BAM]: 12/01/2006

The Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz production of Hedda Gabler is as stylish a production as one is likely to see. Ibsen's play has been updated to the present with laptops being smashed with hammers instead of manuscripts being burned. I'm no purist when it comes to the classics, but in this case it seems to be heavy on the style but unfortunately light on substance. Directed by Thomas Ostermeier, this version seamlessly runs together all four acts into one intermission-less two-hour and ten minute piece. Katharina Schüttler makes an always interesting and surprisingly young Hedda, but the real star of this production is Jan Pappelbaum’s sleek, revolving, glass, stone and concrete set complete with mirrored ceiling to reveal what would ordinarily be offstage. And Ibsen's famous final tableau looks great on this set as it revolves until the final blackout.

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