Hedda Gabler – Play – General Gabler’s Theatre

Elevator Thoughts (aka Tweet): “Hedda Gabler” Ibsen play by new theatre company General Gabler’s Theatre at West of Lenin staring Natalie Schmidt and a cast of only female or non-binary actors. There’s something alluring about an antihero.

Synopsis from the Theatre: Join us in 19th century Christiania (Oslo) at the spacious home of a woman with plenty of will but no room to exact it. She thought she made a wise deal with the man she just married. She would be his wife, and he would provide her with the safe and respectable means to occupy her active mind. But when it becomes clear that her husband can’t fulfill his end of the bargain, her active mind quickly turns toward the dangerous.

Attended Performance Date: 8/11/23 (Closing Weekend)

Type: Play

World Premiere: No

Several or Few Scenes: I think it was just 3 scenes

Several or Few Settings/Locations: One

Prior Exposure/Knowledge Required: No

Defined Plot/Storyline: Yes, but there’s only so much that can occur in a single room and 3 scenes. Most of the storyline was conveyed through storytelling and not action.

Recommendation: See it if you’re okay with plays that contain few scenes and locations

Was This the First Time I Attended a Production of this Show: Yes

Would I See It Again 3 Years from Now: I’d consider seeing an Equity production

Rating Compared to Other Shows with the Same Production Value:
4 (Out of 5 Stars)

Equity Actors: 0

Total Number of Actors: 7

Perceived Pace of the Show: Slow to medium

Length (Including Any Intermission): 2 hours

Intermission Included: Yes

Other Rave(s) Not Mentioned in Elevator Thoughts

  • Favorite Characters/Actors: I enjoyed Judge Brack (played by Joyce Thi Brew) and Hedda Gabler (played by Natalie Schimidt) the most. They reminded me of the toxic interactions between Chuck Bass and Blair Waldorf in the Gossip Girl TV show especially with the negative, cold, controlling/calculating personalities of Hedda and Blair.

Other Musing(s) and Observation(s)

  • Moral of the Story: What message was the playwright trying to convey with this work? Was the play purely for entertainment value or was there a moral to the story?
  • Fire: The fire in Hedda Gabler reminded me of the circumstances surrounding the fire in Ibsen’s Ghosts.

Theatre Company: General Gabler’s Theatre

Venue: West of Lenin

Venue Physical Address: 203 N 36th St #204, Seattle, WA 98103

Price: Cheap

Ticket Affordability Options: Pay-what-you-can … even free!

Dates: August 4 to 12, 2023 – Sorry, for the late post! I attended a closing weekend performance.

Seating: General Admission Seating

Parking: There’s paid lot parking or free street parking. I can usually find street parking behind the theatre closer to the water.

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@showsiveseen "#Hedda Gabler" #Ibsen #play by new #theatre company General Gabler's Theatre at West of Lenin staring Natalie Schmidt & a cast of only female or non-binary actors. There's something alluring about an #antihero. Directed by Helen Mariam. Photos: Joe Iano. Review: showsiveseen.com/6360 #showsiveseen #heddagabler ♬ Undertow (Sped Up) – Flight School & XIRA
Hedda GablerNatalie Schmidt
Jörgen TesmanAnn Pielli
Judge BrackJoyce Thi Brew
Thea ElvstedDanny J. Hassett
Ejlert LövborgAarti Tiwari
Juliane TesmanCaroIynne Wilcox
BerteRebecca Pugh Parker O’Neil
PlaywrightHenrik Ibsen
TranslatorEva Le Gallienne
DirectorHelen T. Mariam
Stage ManagerBailey Dobbins
Assistant Stage ManagerIndira Rampersad
Scenic DesignerGarrett Dill
Lighting DesignerDani Norberg
Props DesignerJessamyn Bateman-Iino
Sound DesignerLisa Finkral
Costume DesignerZoé Tziotis Shields
ChoreographerRachel Blaze Ferguson
ComposerFanny Mendelssohn Hensel
Production PhotographerJoe lano
Poster DesignerAdriana Lippy

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