shelf’s “Hedda Gabler” in playroom Shibuya. It’s a play written by Ibsen and is often played in Japan but usually it takes place around the strong character of Hedda. But this time, Yasuhito Yano, who have challenged Ibsen for many times, disassembles the Heroine and sheds light to other characters.
As a result, something that could have been primitive psychological play gains actual allegoricalness. What shelf has been doing is not the adaptation of classic play but the modern Japanese play who uses classic as its pretext.
(shelf volume21"Hedda Gabler" - Atsushi SASAKI. Critic.)
The theme of the play Hedda Gabler lies in the boringness she feels about her life and can do nothing about. People want their lives to be as dramatic and satisfying as possible, and even picture irreplaceable versions of their selves. That kind of desire itself might be a flaw that modern self-awareness and modern humanism contain. (And would it be an overstatement to say that this has become a kind of system that suppresses people and plunges them into madness in this modern society?) Based on the concept explained above, we would like to think of solutions to survive in this difficult time, by showing the audience the broken reality and how we try to fix it.
** Performed in Japanese, with English subtitles.