Theater Gone Wrong

Theater Gone Wrong: No Place for Barbra Streisand in Laura Linney's Hedda Gabler

Nothing underscores the tragic ending of an Ibsen play better than West Side Story.

Laura Linney remembers the moment fondly: the climactic final scene of Ibsen's Hedda Gabler, being played to the hilt, and the dulcet tones of Barbra Streisand singing "Somewhere" from West Side Story steadily rising in the theater. No, it wasn't an avant-garde director's choice, just a concert being broadcast very loudly a few blocks away.