Last night I went to see Hedda Gabbler on Broadway with Mary-Louise Parker in the lead. (For those who don’t know the Hedda plot, it’s about a really self-absorbed bitch that screws everybody over and then kills herself.) The play takes place in Germany in the 19th Century and I really loved the set – there were some really nice Biedermeier pieces on stage, which I thought was quite unusal. The upholstered sofa featured really nice Clarence House fabric and added a sense of austerity to the play.
I thought Mary-Louise Parker was really good in this roll. In the reviews they commented on the fact that her performance was very contemporary compared to the other actors. Maybe that had to do with the fact that she really showed her emotions, which in 19th Century Germany would have been frowned upon. But she put the bitch thing across beautifully and it was a good theater evening.