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Going to the the-ah-ter is, typically, not high on our list of things to do. It's bloody expensive, and usually filled either with fat tourists who take up half our seat or annoyingly loud theater dorks who make us feel uncomfortable in a different way. But we somehow found ourselves at last evening's performance of Hedda Gabler, part of the Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and, well, this is one piece of theater we can get behind. Even though it's all in German! (They use those opera-like supertitles or whatever they're called to translate.) And no, this isn't the boring version they did in March with Cate Blanchett.
We have to admit we'd never read the Ibsen classic (thanks, public school!) before, so we didn't know the story line besides the synopsis in the program. For the other philistines in the audience, the quick-and-dirty synopsis is that Ibsen wrote the play in the late 19th century, and the story is about a woman (Hedda!) who's a general's daughter and unhappily married to a harmless boob who's trying to become a professor. The production at BAM takes place in what appears to be the present day—they have laptops, at least—and we were totally digging the interpretation of Hedda as a kind of petulant vixen, especially since the actress playing her isn't super-hot. She's, like, community-theater cute.
Also, the set, to put it bluntly, is fucking amazing. Hedda and her husband have just moved into a new house, and in this production it's a glass house that rotates on-stage, so you can kind of see what's going on in different parts of the house at different times. There's some cool shit going on with video projections and Brian Wilson songs, too. The only thing that threw us off a bit was that the subtitles weren't totally accurate—our college Deutsch may be rusty, but we're quick enough to pick up on it when whole sentences aren't translated.
But that's minor quibbling. Basically, you need to get your uncultured ass over to BAM quickly, because this version of Hedda ends Saturday.
Hedda Gabler [BAM]