Henrik Ibsen

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The Norwegian playwright, Henrik Ibsen's most performed play is "Hedda Gabler" (1890). The lead character's neurotic energy, both appealing and revolting, is still considered one of the most challenging and coveted roles only the most talented actresses can perform convincingly. Both "Hedda Gabler" and "A Doll's House" (1879) address issues of feminism that still resonate today, conflict between intensely complex characters' and the destruction they can cause others.

Along with "The Master Builder" (1892), Ibsen's later work explores psychological conflicts with a particularly hard-edged, confrontational style that appeal to modern readers and audiences internationally. Ibsen rewrote the rules of realism with drama that transformed plays from being mere entertainment into art. He inspired many other authors and playwrights, particularly Anton Chekov. His work has been translated around the world, across generations and cultures who appreciate his controversial, pivotal points of action and confrontation between seemingly demonic, disturbed, and at the same time, endearing characters.

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