In 'Hedda Gabler,' A Woman's Timeless Struggle

Sep 13, 2012

Sitting behind me at the Tuesday night performance of Henrik Ibsen's "Hedda Gabler"was a couple in late middle age... or whatever comes after that.

She: "He really gets women. He really gets the way they've been confined. Not that I ever was." He: [indecipherable groan.] She: "I know you're bored. " He: " I'm grinning and bearing it." She: "It's a night out. You've got to get out of the house, Hal." So much contained in all that, even if they were kidding a little, which they might have been. And by the way, it's never one hundred percent clear whether Ibsen and Hedda themselves are kidding, a little.   We're 120 years and a whole lot of social change down the road from "Hedda." And yet, the struggle between men and women  -- especially between the restlessness of women and placidness of men seems unchanged. Leave your comments below, e-mail or Tweet us @wnprcolin.