What Others Say: Hedda Gabler

Posted on Feb 23rd, 2010 by Shuchi in What Others Say, Just Theatre

The Hindu praises the strong performances in Just Theatre’s production Hedda Gabler, but does not find much else to recommend.

The use of adaptation is not so much about indianising a play as it is to allow for a different register.

In that sense, with their period costumes and forced accents, the talented cast would have certainly have been able to deliver less restricted performances…

They are also not impressed with the device of actors standing outside the marked territory, or using the stage area to change. Read the Hindu’s full review on Hedda Gabler: Propelled by Performances.

In this review on the blog Written to Write, the writer notes some great scenes from the play –

“Besides the very interesting dialogues, the scenes where she unleashes her wrath on Mrs. Elvsted in a whirl-like commotion, her child-like and sometimes vagrant walk across the stage, …the very hysterical, brief and natural laughs and two close to perfect stage falls by Lovborg were amazing”

In another Hindu article Essaying Conflicts, Sheeba Chaddha talks of her role as Hedda Gabler. When asked to pick a special moment  from the play, she chooses the one that was my favourite too: her line ‘…boring myself to death’.

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