Review: A Doll’s House, Part 2 on Broadway2 min read

A Doll’s House, Part 2: Compartmentalized Gender and Society Hilariously

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Chris Cooper, Laurie Metcalf. Photo by Brigitte Lacombe.

A Doll’s House, Part 2: Compartmentalized Gender and Society Hilariously

By Ross
The last time we saw Nora, she walked out the door, leaving behind her shocked husband and unknowing children. In Ibsen’s 1879 masterwork play, Nora’s action is seen as a brave and monumental decision for a woman to make, especially back in the day when it was written. It’s a powerful raising of the fist for feminism and a woman’s place in the world. Nora didn’t want to be Torvald’s pretty little doll. She didn’t want to be played with by a man who looks down from a high. In this clever sequel to that ground-breaking Ibsen classic, it all starts with some impatient knocking. When that door is finally opened, there is a strong and well dressed Laurie Metcalf (Tony nominated for the not-so-good Misery, and the amazing The Other Place) standing there.  Nora has come home again. She stands there erect and proud, but nervous and in need, and we know we are in for a wild ride courtesy of this modern young playwright.
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Laurie Metcalf. Photo by Brigitte Lacombe.
Lucas Hnath, an exciting new playwright (The Christians, Red Speedo) getting his Broadway debut in one star-studded way, writes A Doll’s House, Part 2 with a very modern slant on their language while following the story line plots with precision. This is a ‘what if’ story line, that examines the inequalities and social arrangements of the past with a nod to responsibility, love, attachment, and a diatribe on marriage. It’s a powerful four person production, directed by the big named Broadway director, Sam Gold (The Glass MenagerieFun Home) that doesn’t hold back on the punches.  You can see that a lot of star wattage has jumped on board this new play. Without a doubt, they all saw that this was a winner, and they score big on many different levels, while also being funny and thoroughly engaging. (for the full review, click here)
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Jayne Houdyshell, Laurie Metcalf. Photo by Brigitte Lacombe.
Posted on April 27, 2017
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