I recently saw a description for a theatre company’s production of Henrik Ibsen’s play Hedda Gabler as being in the style of “hyper-realism”. I am aware of the term hyper-realism in the visual arts, but did not know of the term’s use in the theatre.
If we work on the basis that realism and naturalism were two distinct theatre movements and not to be used as interchangeable terms, then maybe hyper-realism is referring to what others call naturalism in the theatre? Or is it something different, again?
Any readers willing to shed some light on this, I’d love to hear your comments below.
Update: Here’s an article in The New York Times about a new adaptation of Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler set in a Manhattan town house. Interesting….