Resolving Hedda

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RESOLVING HEDDA Written by Jon Klein Directed by Maria Gobetti Produced by Maria Gobetti, Tom Ormeny, Katie Witkowski In this world premiere comedy, Resolving Hedda, Ibsen's characters from Hedda Gabler, who know the play insanely well after centuries of performances, try desperately to keep the play afloat. At the same time Hedda, just as desperately, tries to sabotage the plot in order to avoid her demise. The misadventures that ensue continue to raise the stakes of hilarity to a fevered pitch. And if Hedda succeeds in her quest to live, will this classic theatrical work ever be performed again?

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Pure entertainment is its own reward, though, and “Resolving Hedda,” by its very existence, makes a larger statement. However much Hedda might abuse him, Ibsen deserves her — and our — admiration for writing so forcefully about issues that perpetually bedevil us.

sweet-sour - Daryl Miller - Los Angeles Times - ...read full review


Cynthia Citron

IN THE 19TH CENTURY A woman's role was explicitly defined: she was expected to be a charming hostess, a nurturing presence, and an indefatigable supporter of her husband. Her husband, on the other hand, was free to ignore her, to pursue his own individual interests, and to demand her complete subservience. Which may explain why Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen's portrayal of women who deviated from this “norm” and had opinions of their own — and claimed the right to express them — unleashed a storm of criticism from his contemporaries. Which brings us to a contemporary version of “Hedda Gabler”, titled “Resolving Hedda”, which is now having its World Premiere at the Victory Theatre in Burbank. Its author is the brilliantly clever and witty Jon Klein and its director is the inimitable Maria Gobetti, who makes the most of Klein's hilarious script. ..read full review...

sweet - Cynthia Citron - Santa Monica Daily Press - ...read full review


Cynthia Citron

IN THE 19TH CENTURY A woman's role was explicitly defined: she was expected to be a charming hostess, a nurturing presence, and an indefatigable supporter of her husband. Her husband, on the other hand, was free to ignore her, to pursue his own individual interests, and to demand her complete subservience. Which may explain why Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen's portrayal of women who deviated from this “norm” and had opinions of their own — and claimed the right to express them — unleashed a storm of criticism from his contemporaries. Which brings us to a contemporary version of “Hedda Gabler”, titled “Resolving Hedda”, which is now having its World Premiere at the Victory Theatre in Burbank. Its author is the brilliantly clever and witty Jon Klein and its director is the inimitable Maria Gobetti, who makes the most of Klein's hilarious script.

sweet - Cynthia Citron - Santa Monica Daily Press - ...read full review


Travis Michael Holder - Ticket Holders LA

Now noted playwright Jon Klein, first brought to the attention of west coast audiences championed by Maria Gobetti and Tom Ormeny at their long-prolific Victory Theatre Center, returns home to world premiere his latest comedy--which immediately adds him to the ranks of the brilliant wordsmiths before him determined to turn great literary works of dramatic art on their proverbial ear.

sweet - Travis Michael Holder - TicketHolders LA - ...read full review


Rob Stevens

Director Maria Gobetti skillfully directs her cast as if they were playing the most serious drama and most outrageous farce at the same time...If you really want to have a laugh-out-loud evening in the theatre, Resolving Hedda is the show for you. I am sure even Ibsen would be chuckling.

sweet - Rob Stevens - Haines His Way - ...read full review


Katie Buenneke

The comedy is sharp, with contemporary references that (mostly) don't feel like they're trying too hard. Klein handles comedy and commentary best, which gives the play's first 15 minutes an exhilarating feel. But as the show tries to address more of the original plot, it gets bogged down, and the second half of the first act moves slowly.

sweet-sour - Katie Buenneke - Stage Raw - ...read full review


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One must witness this enjoyable production to fully experience Klein's masterful homage.

sweet - Dink O'Neal - Arts in LA - ...read full review


Avatar

Pure entertainment is its own reward, though, and “Resolving Hedda,” by its very existence, makes a larger statement. However much Hedda might abuse him, Ibsen deserves her — and our — admiration for writing so forcefully about issues that perpetually bedevil us.

sweet-sour - Daryl Miller - Los Angeles Times - ...read full review


Cynthia Citron

IN THE 19TH CENTURY A woman's role was explicitly defined: she was expected to be a charming hostess, a nurturing presence, and an indefatigable supporter of her husband. Her husband, on the other hand, was free to ignore her, to pursue his own individual interests, and to demand her complete subservience. Which may explain why Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen's portrayal of women who deviated from this “norm” and had opinions of their own — and claimed the right to express them — unleashed a storm of criticism from his contemporaries. Which brings us to a contemporary version of “Hedda Gabler”, titled “Resolving Hedda”, which is now having its World Premiere at the Victory Theatre in Burbank. Its author is the brilliantly clever and witty Jon Klein and its director is the inimitable Maria Gobetti, who makes the most of Klein's hilarious script. ..read full review...

sweet - Cynthia Citron - Santa Monica Daily Press - ...read full review


Cynthia Citron

IN THE 19TH CENTURY A woman's role was explicitly defined: she was expected to be a charming hostess, a nurturing presence, and an indefatigable supporter of her husband. Her husband, on the other hand, was free to ignore her, to pursue his own individual interests, and to demand her complete subservience. Which may explain why Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen's portrayal of women who deviated from this “norm” and had opinions of their own — and claimed the right to express them — unleashed a storm of criticism from his contemporaries. Which brings us to a contemporary version of “Hedda Gabler”, titled “Resolving Hedda”, which is now having its World Premiere at the Victory Theatre in Burbank. Its author is the brilliantly clever and witty Jon Klein and its director is the inimitable Maria Gobetti, who makes the most of Klein's hilarious script.

sweet - Cynthia Citron - Santa Monica Daily Press - ...read full review


Travis Michael Holder - Ticket Holders LA

Now noted playwright Jon Klein, first brought to the attention of west coast audiences championed by Maria Gobetti and Tom Ormeny at their long-prolific Victory Theatre Center, returns home to world premiere his latest comedy--which immediately adds him to the ranks of the brilliant wordsmiths before him determined to turn great literary works of dramatic art on their proverbial ear.

sweet - Travis Michael Holder - TicketHolders LA - ...read full review


Rob Stevens

Director Maria Gobetti skillfully directs her cast as if they were playing the most serious drama and most outrageous farce at the same time...If you really want to have a laugh-out-loud evening in the theatre, Resolving Hedda is the show for you. I am sure even Ibsen would be chuckling.

sweet - Rob Stevens - Haines His Way - ...read full review


Katie Buenneke

The comedy is sharp, with contemporary references that (mostly) don't feel like they're trying too hard. Klein handles comedy and commentary best, which gives the play's first 15 minutes an exhilarating feel. But as the show tries to address more of the original plot, it gets bogged down, and the second half of the first act moves slowly.

sweet-sour - Katie Buenneke - Stage Raw - ...read full review


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One must witness this enjoyable production to fully experience Klein's masterful homage.

sweet - Dink O'Neal - Arts in LA - ...read full review