Emily Louise Perkins and Ben Beckley in HOME/SICK
(Photo by Nick Benacerraf)
Emily Louise Perkins and Ben Beckley in HOME/SICK (Photo by Nick Benacerraf)

The revolution will not be televised (but it will appear on stage), plus an Australian version of Alan Ayckbourn’s How the Other Half Loves. MYRON MEISEL on Home/Sick (NYC’s The Assembly at The Odyssey Theatre) and The Australian Theatre Company’s Speaking in Tongues (Matrix Theatre)

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Jaimi Paige, Ann Noble, and Adrian LaTourelle in HEDDA GABLER (Photo by Karianne Flaathen)
Jaimi Paige, Ann Noble, and Adrian LaTourelle in HEDDA GABLER (Photo by Karianne Flaathen)

Myron Meisel on Hedda Gabler and 42nd Street

Heinrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler remains a titanic creation that still demarcates the theater’s passage into modernity. Its protagonist is the embodiment of contradiction, from the diamond-like clarity of her individuality to her ultimately inscrutable motives. Does she represent the rudiments of an emerging feminist consciousness? (She’s blazingly complex and refuses to conform to prescribed gender roles.) Or does she represent a twisted male perception of the confounding power of female assertion?

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