What happened after Hedda Gabler shot herself in the head? The answer, according to playwright Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q), is The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler. The 2006 play, which premiered at the South Coast Rep in Costa Mesa, unfolds at Diversionary Theatre like a literary-minded sketch show, with Hedda-in-the-hereafter (Jacque Wilke) meeting other notables victimized by the whims of their authors, including Margaret Mitchell’s Mammy (Yolanda Franklin) and Euripedes’ Medea (Shana Wride). Can Hedda break free of Ibsen? Can Mammy trade her apron for a mini-dress? Can you have too many Jesuses on one stage at the same time? The insights and humor feel rather labored, and you don’t care too much how any of these questions is answered.
David L. Coddon is theater critic for San Diego CityBeat