New in 2017 Tony nominee Laurie Metcalf and Oscar winner Chris Cooper star in a new play that continues the story of Henrik Ibsen's most cherished work.
From the producers: In the final scene of Ibsen's 1879 ground-breaking masterwork, Nora Helmer makes the shocking decision to leave her husband and children, and begin a life on her own. This climactic event - when Nora slams the door on everything in her life - instantly propelled world drama into the modern age. In "A Doll’s House, Part 2," many years have passed since Nora’s exit. Now, there’s a knock on that same door. Nora has returned. But why? And what will it mean for those she left behind?
Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll's House" originally premiered at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1879. The play is significant for its critical attitude toward 19th-century marriage norms. It aroused great controversy at the time, as it concludes with the protagonist, Nora, leaving her husband and children because she wants to discover herself. In 2006, the centennial of Ibsen's death, "A Doll's House" held the distinction of being the world's most performed play for that year.
The starry cast includes three-time Emmy Award winner and three-time Tony Award nominee Laurie Metcalf ("Misery," "The Other Place"), Academy Award winner Chris Cooper ("American Beauty," "Adaptastion"), Tony Award winner Jayne Houdyshell ("The Humans," "Follies") and two-time Tony Award nominee Condola Rashad ("The Trip to Bountiful," "Stick Fly"). Author Lucas Hnath’s plays include "Hillary and Clinton," "Red Speedo" and "The Christians." Tony Award winner Sam Gold ("Fun Home") directs.
[Metcalf gives] a revelatory performance... and the rest of the small company is equally accomplished. Hnath's script is an irreverent yet respectful take on the source material. It may rely a little heavily on wink-wink, nod-nod references to the future...but it becomes clear that this is not your grandmother's Ibsen. A worthy companion piece to the original, [it] is an imaginative postscript to a well-loved standard.
Terrific...it delivers explosive laughs while also posing thoughtful questions about marriage, gender inequality and human rights. Directed with stylish austerity and not an ounce of flab, the play provides a corker of a role for the indomitable Metcalf. [She] is flanked by equally rich characterizations from three actors at the top of their game. This taut, 90-minute single act is as much an ingenious elaboration and deconstruction of "A Doll's House" as a sequel, and it stands perfectly well on its own.