Sunday, January 25, 2009

Latest Gabler Gamble Opens On Broadway

Latest Gabler Gamble Opens On Broadway

Perhaps it's because the title character provides such an amazing opportunity for actresses to show their moxie that Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler is opening on Broadway -- this evening -- for an astounding 19th time.

Coming just eight relatively short years after Kate Burton's celebrated, Tony-nominated turn as Hedda -- and just three after Cate Blanchett famously packed a pistol across the East River in Brooklyn -- now Mary-Louise Parker is sinking her teeth into the role of Sweden's coveted temptress.

Directed by Ian Rickson, Roundabout Theatre Company is presenting this latest incarnation with fresh adaptation from Christopher Shinn. The ensemble includes Michael Cerveris as Jorgen Tesman, Paul Sparks as Ejlert Lovborg, Peter Stormare as Judge Brack, Helen Carey as Miss Juliane Tesman, Lois Markle as Berte, and Ana Reeder as Thea Elvsted.

Will critics hail this latest revival? Find out tomorrow as I not only provide my critics' capsule, but my own SOB Review.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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