by Douglas Messerli
Henrik Ibsen Hedda Gabler, in Ibsen: Four Major Plays, Volume I, translated by Rolf Fjelde (New York: Signet Classic, 1965, 1992)
As New York Times critic Charles Isherwood suggested in his piece (January 18, 2009) on the upcoming production of Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler, Hedda is an "antiheroine" who inevitably draws actresses to her. She is, to put it mildly, one of the nastiest people of 1890s Norway, and one of the "meanest" (as Isherwood describes her) women in theater history.
Los Angeles, January 24, 2009