Running since March 2017 Nora Helmer returns to the home she abandoned years ago 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.
Casting Notes: Laurie Metcalf, Chris Cooper, and Condola Rashad played their final performance on 7/23. Beginning 7/25, their roles have been assumed by Tony winner Julie White ("The Little Dog Laughed"), Tony nominee Stephen McKinley Henderson ("Fences"), and Erin Wilhelmi ("The Crucible"). The three take on the roles of Nora, Torvald, and Emmy, respectively.
The cast includes Tony winner Julie White ("The Little Dog Laughed"), Tony nominee Stephen McKinley Henderson ("Fences"), Tony Award winner Jayne Houdyshell ("The Humans," "Follies") and Erin Wilhelmi ("The Crucible"). 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.