In Hedda Gabler, Henrik Ibsen looks at an unconventional lady stuck in a conventional marriage. Hedda's not a happy woman, wed as she is to a dull man, dodging the connivings of a local judge, and pining for a neurotic poet.
Jessica Phelps-West, a veteran of Theatre in the Square, stars, alongside Larry Larson (Judge Brack), Nita Hardy, Sharon Blackwood, Gaye Luney, Christopher Paul (Tesman) and John Forman (Lovborg). Designing the show are Crawford C. Pratt (set), Michael Reynolds (costumes) and Ken Yunker (lighting).
The last Broadway production of Hedda Gabler starred Kelly McGillis. Recent stagings of the show have been done at Off-Broadway's Jean Cocteau Repertory and Philadelphia's Arden Theatre. Terrence J. Nolen, director of the Arden Theatre mounting, said about Hedda Gabler, the protagonist, "Hedda is the most complex, contradictory person you can imagine. She has an enormous sexuality coupled with a fear of intimacy; a capacity for brilliance combined with a dread of being different; a keen curiosity hindered by caution; and a vitality that struggles against societal repression."
For tickets to Hedda Gabler at Theatre in the Square, 11 Whitlock Ave., call (770) 422-8369. -- By David Lefkowitz