"Hedda Gabler"

Friday, March 06, 2009

She’s stared in the critically acclaimed television programs "The West Wing," "Angels in America" and "Weeds" to name a few. But, Mary Louise Parker has returned to the stage and is playing one of the theater's most complicated and challenging villains: Hedda Gabler.

"Hedda Gabler" is playing through March 29th
American Airlines Theater
227 West 42nd Street (btwn 7th & 8th Ave)
Ticket info here


Mary Louise Parker

Comments [11]


I saw the play today and it was dreadful. Ben Brantley's review was - dare I say it - dead on. Let these be the last gun shots Ms. Parker gets to fire in this role.

Mar. 22 2009 09:56 PM
brian from bellmore, L.I.

I saw the play, and found this interview revealing. Parker is right; the set is so big that it saps the energy and menace out of the play. But she also did not go for broke, so her manner is more snarky than desparate. Her Hedda has already given up the fight, so instead of luring Ivar to suicide as a way to control someone's destiny, it comes off as an offhand suggestion. But Ibsen is no help. The text is obvious, so I have a great admiration to an actress who can pull Hedda off; it's all on her shoulders.

Mar. 08 2009 12:58 PM

I certainly have. And - yes - I know she's done theatre. Does that mean I have to be a fan of hers, as you seem to be?

Mar. 06 2009 09:47 PM
B. from NYC

re: " television actresses" Clearly you never got out to the theatre over the past twenty years. Otherwise you would not be referring to Parker as one of that group.

Mar. 06 2009 02:12 PM

From all the reviews I read - and they are bad, bad and bad - the costumes and sets are supposed to be beautiful. I'll look forward to that. But, why oh why do theaters hire television actresses to play Ibsen (and Chekhov and Shaw, etc.) There are so many real actresses who don't get enough work.

By the way, I did see Kate Burton do Hedda some years back and she caught the offbeat humor wonderfully well. But for Hedda as I believe Ibsen saw her, take a look at Ingrid Bergman in the role. It's available on DVD.

Mar. 06 2009 12:40 PM
cam from mid

Did she just rip on the set design? I bet she's a tad difficult to work with.

Mar. 06 2009 12:33 PM

Just another thought, the brief description given here is all wrong. Hedda Gabler is not a villain. Ingrid Bergman, I feel, did the best interpretation that we are able to see, anyway. Ms. Parker is definitely not in her class.

Mar. 06 2009 12:33 PM
yourgo from astoria

Mary Louise Parker is hot!

Mar. 06 2009 12:32 PM
Linus from Washington Heights

I'm not very familiar with her or her work. I'm sure she's a wonderful actress, but I've never heard a better example of the smug, pretentious type of actress. ...not the greatest interview to wake up to (I'm a musician who sleeps late). ...with all due respect to Mr. Lopate.

Mar. 06 2009 12:31 PM

I'm planning on going to the play, too, but the reviews have been absolutely horrible. It doesn't sound as if she has any idea of Hedda or Ibsen either, for that matter. Listening to her talk confirms this, but I'm still going to go.

Mar. 06 2009 12:28 PM
Egeo from NYC - Washington Heights

I am delighted to hear about this play and hear from Mary Louise Parker. I also hope she will take at least a moment to say wether she will bring back the series Weeds. Good to know, also, if I should not expect that show's continuation. I am looking forward to seeing Hedda Gabler.

Mar. 06 2009 12:14 PM

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