To the Limit

For those unable to catch Cate Blanchett in the Sydney Theatre Company's new production of Hedda Gabler - and with only a handful of standing-room tickets available each night for the remainder of the season, that means most people - there is a consolation: this Hedda is horrible, and Blanchett's performance is terrible. Horrible in the sense that, 114 years after it was written, Henrik Ibsen's play, about the attempts of a general's daughter to transcend her loveless marriage to a feckless history professor, is as misanthropic as ever. And terrible, in that Blanchett's performance inspires awe from the moment she...

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