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Henrik Ibsen's The Wild Duck

Theatre Classics
Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
3 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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The idealistic son of a wealthy businessman seeks to expose his father's duplicity and to free his childhood friend from the lies on which his happy home life is based. When skeletons are brought out of the closet, the foundations of the Ekdal family are torn apart - with drastic consequences.

©2010 Stephen Mulrine (P)2010 Fantom Films

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Excellent play, Very disappointing production.

Would you try another book written by Henrik Ibsen and Stephen Mulrine or narrated by the narrators?

Another Ibsen definitely, but not performed by this company/director

What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

Over earnest delivery, most of the players straining to demonstrate their emotions in their lines. Very disappointing that the actors weren't empowered to speak naturally. Sounded as though they were performing to a class of 10-year olds in a patronising fashion. Were they trying to play it in a style they thought appropriate to the 1880s? If so, I think they guessed incorrectly. I've seen and heard Ibsen productions that flow properly and sound like real people are speaking.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Use of plot and imagery demonstrates Ibsen's perceptions of the human condition and of power inequalities in family/society. Is the main psychological theme (the life-lie) overly emphasised? It might not have seemed so if played in a more nuanced way.

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  • ESK
  • 29-07-12

Story about losers on a 'special' mission

The Wild Duck is a tragicomedy that abounds in imagery. For instance, the title and the idea behind it - shooting the duck and only wounding it. There are lots of wounded ducks in the play: characters who are ruined by the circumstances,and who let themselves go.
Some of the characters (Gina and Hakon) are down-to-earth and practical, others (Gregers and Hjalmar) are so melodramatic and pathetic, wallowing in self-delusion, lacking the gumption to change things.
That's not a kind of play that overwhelms you from the start. It's truly realistic. And to really appreciate it you have to analyze a lot. If you're fond of drama, then that's for you.
But frankly, I did not enjoy the performance at all. Especially, that of Jane Lerwill's, in the role of Hedvig. She sounded fake, and her lisp really got on my nerves. This is why, that's only three stars.

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  • Jackson
  • 11-06-16

True tragedy

Not a bad story over all. Found the main characters quite whiney. Only the wife had any real depth.