In the past several years, New Yorks been inundated with versions of Henrik Ibsens 1890 Hedda Gabler, a play Max Beerbohm described as a spectacle of life from which we retire with shock. Heddas returned to shock us again, this time in the trim figure of Mary-Louise Parker. Known lately for her work on Weeds, Parker turns from mood-altering substances to mind-altering prose in the role of one of the original desperate housewives. Playwright Christopher Shinn proffers a new adaptation, directed by Ian Rickson (whose celebrated Seagull recently closed). The Roundabouts redoubtable cast also includes Michael Cerveris, Paul Sparks, and the terrifying Peter Stormare.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 2 p.m., 2009