Is Ibsen's Hedda Gabler a 19th-century neurotic soul in torment? Not according to the Sydney Theatre Company's production, directed by Robyn Nevin. Their Hedda (Cate Blanchett) is apparently a visitor from the future, so contemporary and so outspokenly obvious in her contempt for everybody else's Victorian posturings that the Tesman family and Judge Brack would have to be lobotomy cases not to notice. Gaunt, fine-boned, and understated, Blanchett is a fascinating stage personality, but setting her so blatantly against what's going on around her misses the point and drains away all... More >>>