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  Resolving Hedda at Undercroft Theatre

Resolving Hedda

Undercroft Theatre
900 Massachusetts Ave. NW Washington

It's not easy being one of the most influential characters in a classic drama, especially knowing you have to die at the end of every performance. What would happen if you simply refused to play along? And how would the other characters respond? The L.A. Times called Jon Klein's modern reimagining of Ibsen's notorious schemer "boisterously funny." Enjoy the misadventures that ensue as Hedda desperately tries to sabotage the plot in order to avoid yet another pending demise when Resolving Hedda comes to the Undercroft Theatre in D.C.

Thru - Apr 14, 2019

Thursdays: 7:30pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 2:30pm & 8:00pm
Sundays: 2:30pm

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Washington Post - Recommended

"...But the cast knows where the laughs are, starting with Karcher, and if she had more colors to play than miffed and mocking, her Hedda might be more than just naughty fun. The supporting cast gets to dodder about as magnified versions of Ibsen's melodramatic figures, with Jamie Smithson a particular hoot as Hedda's Olympian-grade nerd of a husband. Matthew Castleman smolders as old flame Lovborg, Steve Beall cackles like a villain as the judge and Jewell Robinson brings 19th-century deportment as Aunt Julia, baffled by practically everything this Hedda does."
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Nelson Pressley

BroadwayWorld - Highly Recommended

"...Resolving Hedda at Washington Stage Guild is truly a sure shot for an experience in the theatre that is totally memorable for all the right reasons."
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Elliot Lanes

DC Metro Theater Arts - Recommended

"...Under the direction of WSG Associate Artistic Director Steven Carpenter, Klein's clever play is performed by a host of talented actors who stretch and exaggerate Ibsen's characters. Kelly Karcher as Hedda is a marvel, charging seamlessly back and forth across the fourth wall to involve the audience in her struggle to liberate Hedda from her creator's control. Clearly, she has watched the position of women evolve since Hedda Gabler premiered in 1891. Hedda peppers her insights with references to Wikipedia, Oprah and phone apps, among other essential parts of our 2019 lives. Even Washington's own Kellyanne Conway makes her way into Klein's script."
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Amy Kotkin

MD Theatre Guide - Highly Recommended

"...This is a very funny take on one of the stalwarts of theatre. Even if you’re not entirely familiar with the original, it doesn’t matter. “Resolving Hedda” keeps the laughs coming and is a very funny romp among the upper crust."
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Mary Ann Johnson

DCTheatreScene - Highly Recommended

"...Even before artistic director Bill Largess has finished his curtain speech, Hedda herself, played here with commanding personality and undeniable charisma by Kelly Karcher, alerts us to the fact that this won’t be any old production of Hedda Gabler. This version of Hedda knows she’s in a play, knows she’s going to die in the end, knows who her murderer is (Ibsen—or Ibsy as she calls him, naturally), and is hell-bent on changing her fate and surviving this night. More than 100 years of following the same script around the world has left Hedda furious, foul-mouthed, and feminist as… well, you know. Karcher is a force of nature in this role as our fed-up guide straining against a nature devised for her by a dead Norwegian."
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John Bavoso

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