A Hyperrealistic Production

Two cast members (left) act in “Hedda Gabler” as two audience members look on in this New York Times picture (see link below).

Hyperrealism has touched into theater, but, at least for now, not as a large movement. The most significant example is a 2010 production of Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler. To make the setting “hyperrealistic,” the play was scheduled to take place in a New York City townhouse, rather than a theater. Only ticket holders would be given the address of the performances. Each show was open to only 25 people, with the audience sitting around the living room where the play took place, sometimes only inches from the actual action. The director hoped the audience would then get a closer sense of the characters. The show was labeled a “must-see.”

Without the need for electronic projection, stage voices, or even a stage, this style of hyperrealistic play presents a unique opportunity for audiences to really experience a work. And, as with Ibsen’s play, this style is not restricted to brand new productions.

This style of theater has not become overly popular, as yet. But during its 2010 run, the hyperrealistic production of Hedda Gabler sold out.

For more on this production of Hedda Gabler, check out these links:


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