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The NT Live screening of Hedda Gabler brings us a bleak, sparse and shattering version of Ibsen’s classic play, written in 1891.

Under Ivo Van Hove’s assured direction, the play is updated to now, with a crisp, supple translation by Patrick Marber that makes it seem new and vivid .

The set is an almost bare, anonymous apartment in the inner city, in the middle of renovation. There are vertical blinds, a fridge and a security camera at the door. Jan Verswyveld‘s lighting is splendid.

The soundscape features a mix of popular songs including Joni Mitchell’s classic ballad Blue all of which go to depicting a person in crisis.

Ruth Wilson is luminous and riveting in the eponymous title role . We first see her slumped over the piano, in negligee and dressing robe, seemingly oblivious of what is happening around her– but is she really?!                               Continue reading NT LIVE PRESENTS AN IBSEN CLASSIC : HEDDA GABBLER

X + Y

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Fans of the fabulous Australian feature film Paper Planes should find a simpatico fascination with X + Y, British filmmaker Morgan Matthews’ movie about a math whiz attending an international calculus contest.

Asa Butterfield plays Nathan, a number crunching nerd on, as they say, the spectrum, although his Asperger’s is as benign as an asparagus and it’s noughtism rather that autism that drives his binary braininess.

His social arrhythmia seems to be subtracted when focused on factors, centered on integers, pining for primaries, and longing for logarithms. Continue reading X + Y