Reviews for Raven Theatre’s Hedda Gabler have been posted, and the critics love it. Hedy Weiss goes so far as to say:
Many famous actresses have played the wonderfully juicy, neuroses-driven title role in Henrik Ibsen’s “Hedda Gabler” — from the legendary Eleanora Duse and Ingrid Bergman to Diana Rigg, Isabelle Huppert, Maggie Smith, Annette Bening and Cate Blanchett. But I would wager that Mackenzie Kyle, who is now starring in director Michael Menendian’s Raven Theatre production of this terrifically twisted play, could hold her own against any of them.
Hedda Hedy “Highly Recommends” it.
While not Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune‘s Nina Metz says:
Credit here goes to director Michael Menendian and actress Mackenzie Kyle, who envision Hedda as an eye-grabbing imp and a pot-stirrer extraordinaire with a comedian’s timing for the nasty putdown. This is a very impressive effort from Raven.
Metz even notes that this production has been transplanted to the 1930s. Um. I guess that went over my head. Oops.
I agree with Metz’s observation that the production lost some footing in the final moments. It was abrupt, and slightly out of character for this Hedda to do what she does.
But overall, way to go Raven Theatre!