If you didn’t know that Henrik Ibsen’s tale of Hedda Gabler and her loveless marriage to George Tesman was written in 1990, you could mistake it for a very contemporary work. It’s a piece of realism that set theater writing down a new path, inspiring many later dramatists to portray relationships in ways that were much closer to everyday life. Hedda, from a wealthy family, has been recently married to George, an aspiring professor, against her will. They have little in common, and her disdain for her new husband only grows when a rival for a new academic position becomes a factor in their lives. Miami University opens Hedda Gabler tonight in the 11th annual John D. Yeck production, featuring a new adaptation by noted contemporary playwright Jon Robin Baitz, whose writing was a source of energy for several hit TV series including The West Wing and the currently running Brothers & Sisters. $6-$9.
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