by Estelle Rosen
This play is a musical adaptation of Ibsen’s Rosmersholm and The Master Builder. The two Ibsen pieces are two quite different stories. The theme of Rosmersholm is social and political change and oppression of new ideas. The Master Builder chronicles the career of Halvard Solness (George Bekiaris) Master Builder, a title preferred to architect.
Combining two plays didn’t necessarily result in one good play. In fact, it began to feel messy towards the end; almost like trying to cram everything together and not having enough time to do that. For one thing, I would have liked to see the earlier relationship between Halvard and Hilda (Katy Breier) more developed. I understand that 75 minutes presents limitations; certainly there wasn’t enough time to fully amalgate these two stories. But the potential is there to make it into a full-fledged musical.
Overall, it’s a fun piece. The music was good, performances were excellent especially George Bekiaris as Halvard and Kroll, and Harper Duffy as Kaia.