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What's up with Hilde Wangel? No matter how hard I try, I just can't get my head around Henrik Ibsen's most elusive female character. I mean, Nora from A Doll's House and Rosmersholm's Rebecca West have their peculiarities, but at…
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Hilda

In 1987, French-Senegalese writer Marie Ndiaye published a 100-page novel comprising a single sentence. Ndiaye's first work for the stage, Hilda, receiving its American premiere at ACT (translated by Erika Rundle), is essentially a play for a single actor masquerading…
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Cooking With Elvis

This new farce by British playwright Lee Hall was a hit at the Edinburgh Fringe four years ago, and seems to have nothing to do with Billy Elliot, Hall's more famous screenplay. A precocious and unbalanced 14-year-old named Gillian obsesses…
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Dutchman and Desdemona

Imamu Amiri Baraka's 1964 fable about the violence resulting from white appropriation of black culture is probably more an important play than it is good theater. Director John Warren achieves some nice effects in this Bare Bones Theater production: a…
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