She might be the meanest woman in all of modern literature, but she sure looks good holding a pistol. Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler lies, cheats and steals her way through her boring housewife life until the bitter end. And it is the bitterest of endings!
The chilly 19th-century story revolves around Hedda and her incessant need for excitement in a boring world that offers women nothing but dull parties with old aunties and the chance of motherhood. At the top of the play we learn that Hedda has tried to do the right thing according to her upper middle-class standards. She thinks she’s just married a boring, though respectable, man who will at least make enough money to ensure her a life of parties and fancy dresses. When she realizes that her dull husband can’t even give her the finer things in life, all bets are off.
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Manipulation, guns, affairs and a very naughty night of bawdy drinking, as only those staunch Victorians could do it, all come to a very nasty end in Ibsen’s seminal play. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Through February 18. Company OnStage, 536 Westbury Square. For information, call 713-726-1219 or visit www.companyonstage.org. $15.
Fridays, Saturdays. Starts: Jan. 13. Continues through Feb. 18, 2012