Not sure if this should go here or in GQ, but Ibsen + Shakespeare is pretty much a Cafe Society one-two punch.
I’m looking for early references to the role of Hedda Gabler as “Hamlet for actresses” or the “female Hamlet”. I’ve been Googling various combinations of the above for a while, but everything that comes up is some contemporary review reading “Ms. [Actress] is excellent in the leading role, which many call the ‘Hamlet for actresses’.”
Can anyone help me find an early or (most wonderful!) the earliest comparison between the two roles? I don’t know when the trend of comparing them started, otherwise I’d say “pre-1950” or the like.