A Doll's House, Part 2
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A Doll's House, Part 2
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Great acting, Clever, Funny, Absorbing, Great writing

About the Show

Lucas Hnath's Tony-nominated sequel to Ibsen's masterwork now stars Tony winner Julie White as Nora. Directed by Tony winner Sam Gold.

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Ambitious, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Short, Jarring contemporary touches

See it if you enjoy arguments about pros/cons of marriage (altho not new, they were fun to hear). Most people liked the acting; I found it jarring.

Don't see it if you want a full-fledged play; this is more like an extended skit. The stakes, unlike DH1, are barely there (little tension). DHP2 is clever Read more

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Absorbing, Clever, Edgy, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you like classic theater

Don't see it if if you do not classic theater with top actors who are at the top of there game. All actors meshed well in this performance.

Critic Reviews (68)

The New York Times
April 27th, 2017

"A smart, funny and utterly engrossing new play...Features a magnificent Laurie Metcalf leading one of the best casts in town...Mr. Hnath approaches what might seem like a hubristic project with the humility and avidity of an engaged Everyreader...He has written an endlessly open debate. Which for the record never feels like a debate, such is the emotional commitment of the cast and the immediacy of Mr. Gold’s fine, sensitive production."
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The New York Times
August 28th, 2017

"The new cast...pretty much seals the deal on the play’s extraordinary merits...The new actors advance Hnath’s whirling arguments about love and ownership with as much ease as the original cast, and even greater humor...The result of all these macro- and micro-tunings is a production that feels even more thriller-like in its swiftness...'A Doll's House, Part 2' remains a triumph of ambivalent feminist comedy. It’s the kind of play you hope won’t end."
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Time Out New York
April 27th, 2017

"With Lucas Hnath’s lucid and absorbing 'A Doll’s House, Part 2,' the Broadway season goes out with a bang...Modern in its language, mordant in its humor and suspenseful in its plotting, the play judiciously balances conflicting ideas about freedom, love and responsibility. And Sam Gold’s exemplary direction keeps you hanging on each turn of argument and twist of knife. Everything about the production works. It’s a slam dunk."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
April 28th, 2017

"As directed by the inerrant Sam Gold, Hnath’s play is at its core a public forum on questions of marriage that still bedevil us...Hnath provides enough ingenious structure to allow 'A Doll’s House, Part 2' to function quite smoothly as an often hilarious puzzle drama...Hnath is not using the preexisting characters and their backstory as ways of avoiding having to create something original; rather, they are springboards to something very new indeed...A great feminist comedy."
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New Yorker
May 1st, 2017

"Hnath has now found himself by parsing and filling in a story he didn’t write...To go from dreaming about Nora’s life to writing it required a leap of faith—an author’s faith in his own imagination—and that’s the kind of energy that jumps out at you from Hnath’s play, his strongest yet...It was thrilling to feel that the writer and the director weren’t condescending to us and assumed we’d keep up. We do, because Nora matters to us and will always matter to us."
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The Hollywood Reporter
April 27th, 2017

"It delivers explosive laughs while also posing thoughtful questions...Directed with stylish austerity by Sam Gold, the play provides a corker of a role for the indomitable Laurie Metcalf...As much an ingenious elaboration and deconstruction of 'A Doll's House' as a sequel, and it stands perfectly well on its own...In Gold's zesty staging, the lightness of touch in the writing carries through to the direction and performances, nowhere more so than with Metcalf."
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Entertainment Weekly
April 27th, 2017

"Humor abounds in playwright Lucas Hnath’s creative sequel...Metcalf's Nora is a woman who knows her own mind and isn’t afraid to say so. It’s a revelatory performance, rife with physicality and determination...Literary fanfic of the highest caliber, Hnath’s script is an irreverent yet respectful take on the source material...A worthy companion piece to the original, 'A Doll’s House, Part 2' is an imaginative postscript to a well-loved standard."
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Variety
April 27th, 2017

"Helmer Sam Gold knows his players and right from this first scene pairs them in a series of close encounters that feel like fierce, if friendly wrestling matches...Hnath’s dialogue, slangy and vulgar and brightly idiomatic, is full of zingers...Metcalf is amazing, uncovering so many facets to Nora, while retaining the humor to laugh at her idiocies. But by now, we’re starting to suspect that this isn’t really a play, but a very funny and quite biting manifesto...Nora wins every verbal battle."
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The Wall Street Journal
April 27th, 2017

"A poorly crafted play—I can’t remember when I last sat through a lumpier exposition—that is not a risky challenge to established belief but a collective celebration of an article of firmly settled faith. 'Part 2' is tensionless...Cooper's three co-stars are outstanding, but they’re all well-known quantities on Broadway. Not so Mr. Cooper, who has plenty of stage experience but hasn’t appeared in a play since 1985. Let’s hope he works his discreet magic again soon—preferably in a better show."
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Deadline
April 27th, 2017

"The funniest, and the sharpest play of the year...Hnath’s inspired writing, which endows each character with an arsenal of fastballs, curveballs and spitballs, keeping us disarmingly off-balance. He’s an uncommonly gifted parodist...Sam Gold’s smashing production renders the action, such as it is, and the dialogue slightly off-kilter as these once intimate people tiptoe through a dream in which everyone gets even and nobody wins."
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Deadline
August 10th, 2017

"The new cast members are brilliant. White has a light touch and game business as Nora, bringing out the comic shadings in contrast to the darker woman played by Metcalf. Henderson...is magisterial as Torvald...'A Doll’s House, Part 2' is as rich the second time around as it was the first: smart, funny, whiplash engaging and insanely entertaining. Even as it is quite different–and, so, freshly revealing with these gifted newcomers. A must-see."
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The Washington Post
April 27th, 2017

"The breakthrough play that the theater world has been waiting for from Hnath...This fast-moving play could so easily have lapsed into superficial theater games. This never occurs...This is due in part to a playwright’s provocative, funny and, ultimately, generous consideration of the implications of Nora’s actions and to a director, Sam Gold, who has helped each of the actors home in with psychological marksmanship on the core motivations of their characters."
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Chicago Tribune
April 27th, 2017

"Hnath has created a fascinating and frequently very funny little play that is less about the issues raised in 'A Doll's House,' and more about returning to greet your former responsibilities...The other takeaway of this quite compelling little exercise is that acts of revolution can flow from privilege...This really is a multilayered performance: you can see Ibsen's Nora herein, plus the woman Nora became and the compassionate cracks in her armor. And Rashad rises up to meet her."
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Los Angeles Times
April 27th, 2017

"Gold’s direction isn’t always precisely calibrated, but Laurie Metcalf redeems the production with her sorcery...Shifts rapidly from laughter to fury to sorrow to somber acceptance. I can’t think of many performers capable of Metcalf’s fearless extremes. The agility of her acting, the way she can reverse course while making it seem like she’s simply following the logic of her character, is a marvel. Her performance in Hnath’s smart play is one of the headier pleasures of this Broadway season."
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New York Daily News
April 27th, 2017

"Hnath’s compact and provocative comedy...It's his best work to date...The issues aren't new but presented in intriguing ways...Metcalf, a seasoned stage vet who's known for the sitcom 'Roseanne,' can clown with the best of them. Just saying the word 'no,' Metcalf’s face is an avalanche of motion...Nora was—and is—a woman who bends and breaks rules and lives by her own terms. Fifteen years later, everything and nothing has changed."
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AM New York
April 27th, 2017

"The play resembles a 90-minute sketch comedy adapted from an undergraduate essay dissecting Ibsen’s play...Director Sam Gold provides a spare production with spirited performances from the four-member cast...As a theater history buff, I found the play interesting, but hardly as engrossing and muscular as Hnath’s work from last season. I look forward to seeing more plays by Hnath — but hopefully not more sequels."
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NY1
April 28th, 2017

"A neat little play...Hnath's compact drama offers no easy answers in a superb production that asks a lot of provocative questions...Hnath's stylized take on the Ibsen classic brings the institution of marriage into sharp focus...Gold shrewdly allows the words to take center stage, amplified by some spectacular acting...Metcalf dazzles...Don't expect any judgments here as this very smart play only seems interested in opening the door wide to your own interpretation."
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Theatermania
April 27th, 2017

"A leap that pays off in delightful and often hilarious ways...Hnath raises deeper questions not just about a certain brand of feminism, but the cult of individualism that is so ingrained in modern society...Director Sam Gold has led everyone in this cast to thoughtful and revelatory performances in an appealingly clean production...Hnath refracts Ibsen through the prism of contemporary life, revealing the complicated spectrum of issues that always existed within the drama."
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Theatermania
August 11th, 2017

"The strength of Hnath's drama is in its ability to get us to sympathize with all four of his characters, a power very much amplified by the excellent performances of this cast. Henderson is especially persuasive as Torvald...Wilhelmi's Emma has inherited her mother's smile and unflappable penchant for selling a crazy scheme...Houdyshell's performance has grown more delicious and hilarious with age...White is as indefatigable as her character."
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BroadwayWorld
April 29th, 2017

"Gold's invigorating production showcases four stellar performances. Metcalf is a master of drawing out comedy that's firmly anchored in realism...Houdyshell's Anne Marie is a dry and stoic presence that deflates Nora's pride in her accomplishments by pointing out the reality she never sees, and Rashad effectively conveys the maturity of a young woman forced to grow up early...This is a play that will no doubt provoke discussion."
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Lighting & Sound America
April 28th, 2017

"As long as Metcalf and Houdyshell command the stage, armed with Hnath's mordant dialogue, 'A Doll's House, Part 2,' looks like a play that is going places...But Torvald isn't an equal partner at all, dramatically speaking, and Cooper often seems a little overwhelmed by his leading lady...Gold's direction finds every available laugh and bit of insight in Hnath's script; even when it begins to disappoint, there's a baseline level of professionalism below which this production never drops."
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Talkin' Broadway
April 27th, 2017

"A funny and insightful new play...Although this play could easily have been little more than a schematic continuation of Ibsen's themes, Hnath is more interested in twisting the familiar than regurgitating it...Gold's penchant for subtle emotions, and pointing up the natural ironies that often exist between them, is ideal for this group of people...Gold has done what he does best and amplified every characterization that the excellent cast members have provided him."
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Broadway News
April 27th, 2017

"So endlessly stimulating that it could give audiences fodder for heated conversation until the fall season is in full swing...Hnath’s play fairly sets your head spinning with its knotty perspectives...With a sterling cast led by Metcalf, the production is as much an engrossing entertainment as it is a theatrical treatise that stirs the heart even as it invigorates the mind...Metcalf here delivers what is easily her finest Broadway performance to date—and she has never been less than terrific."
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TheaterScene.net
May 12th, 2017

"While this is a play of ideas, the debate is always engrossing, always surprising. At no point does the dialogue or the confrontation lose our interest. Under Jennifer Tipton's lighting, the characters are as if put under the microscope. Although the facts deal with the 19th century, the issues being raised could be today. Nor does the play take a strictly feminist view point: Hnath has considered the situation from all sides."
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Theater Pizzazz
April 29th, 2017

"Playwright Lucas Hnath thinks he has the answers in this smarty-pants sequel to the 1879 Ibsen classic 'A Doll’s House'...The sharp and intelligent dialogue, filled with today’s vulgarities, is helmed by director Sam Gold who brings it to sizzling life in separate encounters, one-on-one...Laurie Metcalf, as Nora, is thrilling to watch and listen to, as her soliloquies on the joys of freedom reach limitless proportions of pulsating emotions and skill."
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CurtainUp
May 1st, 2017

"'A Doll House, Part 2' is a completely original work that can entertain and stimulate on its own...For all the talk, there's nothing talky or boring here. The talk is sharp, funny and ripe for exploding into high drama...As portrayed by Laurie Metcalf, Nora is a riveting character...While this breezy one-acter won't topple 'A Doll's House' from the list of great twentieth century plays, it's as amusing and thought-provoking as any sequel can get."
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Front Row Center
May 2nd, 2017

“A stupendous creation in nearly every way…Metcalf is beyond brilliant…Before you can put up a defense, these characters are there putting down roots in your head and your heart. Sam Gold’s direction pulls these extraordinary cast members together into an ensemble that summons the Spirits of the Small Moments to the table to create a banquet. This is a feast all around. 'A Doll’s House Part 2' is a reminder of why theatre–or art itself–is, at its best, a life-altering experience.”
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Front Mezz Junkies
April 27th, 2017

"Funny and thoroughly engaging...Cooper doesn’t manage to rise to the same level as these other two women who command the stage...Metcalf is as incredible as can be. Her body language and stance are fascinating, being modern and old-fashioned at the same time...It resonates far and wide about love and marriage; attachment and parenting; responsibilities to family and to self. It’s a fun piece of playful writing, not too deep but it does carry a healthy dose of profoundness."
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Front Mezz Junkies
September 12th, 2017

“The replacements, White and Henderson, are equally astounding…It’s a powerful four-person production, directed by Sam Gold, creating with this new crew of actors an equal and just as powerful (maybe even more so) production than the one I saw a week before the 2017 Tony deadline. Gold doesn’t hold back on the punches, giving his cast numerous opportunities to use this play to score big on many different levels, while also being funny and thoroughly engaging.”
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Broadway Blog
May 11th, 2017

"Nimbly written by Lucas Hnath and exquisitely directed by Sam Gold, 'A Doll’s House, Part 2' is a tour de force for its ensemble of actors, each of whom has earned a Tony nomination for his or her performance...Gold directs 'A Doll’s House, Part 2' with the precision of a surgeon, gifting the ensemble with a physical and emotional roadmap that is nothing short of electric."
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C
April 27th, 2017

"A bright (in all senses of the word), albeit slight 90-minute play that cleverly follows up on some of Ibsen’s themes about marriage and equality. Better yet, the seemingly tireless Sam Gold has directed a beautifully chosen four-person cast that brings out both the work’s layers and its levity...It’s partly Metcalf’s generosity to her fellow performers that makes the production work as well as it does; she’s a star who has no interest in a star turn."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
May 13th, 2017

“'A Doll's House, Part 2' is entertaining, frequently funny, and quite thoughtful; it's also often unconvincing. There are times it produces the impression of having been forged by a playwright noting the choices made by a gathering of four gifted actors who've been asked to improvise plausible backstories...It's occasionally hoist by its own cleverness…Anything with Laurie Metcalf is worth seeing; to have her onstage throughout this play's…90 minutes is alone worth the price of admission.”
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DC Theatre Scene
April 27th, 2017

"A clever, surprisingly amusing and thought-provoking new play performed to winning effect by a quartet of first-rate actors...The main pleasures in 'A Doll’s House, Part 2,' are rooted in the chance to watch four accomplished performers...Gold puts the actors’ performances front and center, often literally."
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Times Square Chronicles
May 6th, 2017

“Metcalf is over the top, playing this narcissistic woman to the hilt. It is clear she is enjoying playing this role, but I would have liked to see some subtlety...Cooper gives us the longing of a man who is clueless as to why his love is never enough. Our hearts break for him…I kept wanting to know why was the house so bare, Gold did however in this case bring out terrific performances. Hnath is a talented writer and his script is biting, sarcastic and like a whip.”
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The Guardian (UK)
April 27th, 2017

"Hnath’s play is less a conventional sequel than a thought experiment inspired by the original...Hnath writes fast, vibrant dialogue and while Gold inserts a few postmodern touches, he mostly pushes the actors onstage and has them talk things over with hustle and vigor. The performers are excellent, particularly Metcalf...The play succeeds far better as a vivid and playful philosophical exercise than as a character-driven drama...This shouldn’t put ticket buyers off."
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The Huffington Post
September 2nd, 2017

"Hnath is markedly adept at allowing each of his characters to be outspoken and sympathetic...Nothing of the play’s suasion and humor has been lost with the cast changes under Gold’s smart direction. No comparisons are necessary. Suffice it to say that had Julie White opened when the play did, it could very well have been she who won this year’s Tony."
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The Huffington Post
August 11th, 2017

"The playwright’s every nuance continues to waft across the footlights...White...instantly establishes mastery of the role...Henderson’s Torvald is practically somnambulant until the brisk play’s final scene, when he is roused like an uncaged—and magnificent—bear...Wilhelmi’s Emmy is quite clearly and believably Nora’s daughter, and they make a fierce pair when they tangle...Full credit goes to director Gold, not only for his initial work but for the integration of this marvelous new cast."
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The Wrap
April 27th, 2017

"The highest praise you can give Hnath is that he should now write a sequel to 'Streetcar'...A major miracle of Sam Gold’s direction is that each of actor comes from his or her own individual space to do battle. And that conflict of styles galvanizes the play...Hnath keeps defying our expectations...These fine actors’ very different approaches to their roles are what Hnath’s script calls for. That they rub together to produce such humor and warmth is the achievement of a master director."
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Wolf Entertainment Guide
May 6th, 2017

"It quickly becomes evident that 'A Doll’s House, Part 2,' the musing of playwright Lucas Hnath, is refreshingly creative...The dialogue is very much in contemporary vernacular, and that is a wise choice, avoiding making the play seem like faux Ibsen. A further plus is a superb cast and clever plotting...The play leaves me with uneasy questions about the take on Nora...Her trajectory is interesting to ponder, which makes the play all the more fascinating."
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W
May 19th, 2017

“Playwright Lucas Hnath has utilized the Henrik Ibsen’s 'A Doll’s House' as a starting point/inspiration and spun it into an entertaining tale with social context in two contrasting eras…Characters have no filters. What they think and feel comes out of their mouths with directness that belies the period, but makes whopping good theater. Everyone is multidimensional. Allegiances are complicated. Unpredictable changes become seismic before our eyes. The ending is a shock.”
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T
May 6th, 2017

"Hnath wisely builds on Ibsen’s premise but is not enslaved by it…This is so much more than a sequel, it’s a gripping examination of the ways people try to live together under a restrictive society and what happens when they fail…Sam Gold’s measured direction injects just the right amount of humor to leaven this living-room war…Laurie Metcalf is a strikingly complex Nora…Hnath expands on a classic and provides his own insights into the issues it raised over 100 years ago."
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Newsday
April 27th, 2017

"The play — a psychologically serious, deliciously amusing tragicomedy — extends Ibsen’s three-act, multicharacter masterwork with just four characters in an intense but surprisingly breezy 90 minutes. But how trenchantly these four are portrayed in director Sam Gold’s stark, audacious, daringly acted production...Hnath lets no one off the hook about women, the law and marriage. He also keeps us guessing until the last possible moment."
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The Huffington Post
May 4th, 2017

"Unquestionably one of the wittiest, sharpest shows of 2017...A great play given a great production...Spiced with just the right dash of modern language, this is a tour de force of ideas as a trailblazer examines the scorched earth she left behind and is asked if it was worth the price...Like any great play of ideas, 'A Doll’s House, Part 2' works precisely because those ideas flow through characters that are deeply human. The cast is excellent."
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The Huffington Post
August 10th, 2017

"White is—perhaps surprisingly—more vulnerable than Metcalf...Wilhelmi chooses a less razor-sharp and yet more poignant angle on the daughter that Nora left behind...The great Stephen McKinley Henderson—always so likable even when being a scoundrel—makes you wonder why Nora left him at all...A second visit confirms this is a major play that can and will be staged again and again, finding new insights with new cast members and new approaches to the material."
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Financial Times (UK)
April 28th, 2017

"It’s not merely her own unhappy union that now grieves Nora, but the entire institution of marriage...That old controversy acquires contemporary resonance thanks to the American vernacular of Hnath’s script, as well as Gold’s staging...'Part 2' doesn’t have anything particularly original to say on the subject and soon runs out of ideas...That sense of speechifying artifice frequently resurfaces throughout, which fails to replicate Ibsen’s talent for integrating ideas and exposition."
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WNBC
April 27th, 2017

"Nora damaged a lot of people when she left home at the end of Ibsen’s 'A Doll’s House.' Roughly a century and a half later, playwright Lucas Hnath is mining that pain for comic gold in a star-studded sequel (of sorts)...Metcalf's marvelous as a woman naturally good at wheedling and manipulating...Cooper exudes a rueful, self-aware depth that keeps us sympathizing with him...We can only imagine what fun Hnath had cooking up a story about how Nora reaped what he, at least, thinks she sowed."
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City Cabaret
May 31st, 2017

""A vibrant sequel to Henrik Ibsen's landmark 1879 play...Hnath's conceit presents the aftermath with challenging questions and crisp dialogue but at the end, there are no concrete answers...Nora is played with zest and authority by Laurie Metcalf...Condala Rashad is winning as she cunningly stings Nora with resentments of her own...Well-seasoned with comedy and sentiment, 'A Doll's House, Part 2' is worth seeing, but how you now feel about Nora is totally up to you."
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T
May 23rd, 2017

"Extremely intelligent and very, very funny, more than worthy of its title...The dialogue in each scene is razor-sharp and unpredictable, as Hnath explores the age-old battle of the sexes with surprisingly modern language...A play that never is condescending or didactic and instead is illuminating and wholly believable...The cast is divinely exquisite...Gold again proves he is one of the theater’s most inventive directors, allowing Hnath’s sparkling words to shine."
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TheaterScene.com
May 14th, 2017

"Hnath is making his Broadway debut, and it’s an auspicious one. His elegantly provocative script has been given an immaculate production, appreciatively directed by Gold and performed by a quartet of illustrious actors...It’s a gabfest revealing character, prompting laughter and piquing the intellect, with an incisiveness and wit worthy of Shaw...Revivifies the old-timey concept of a play of ideas, the sort of thing Ibsen himself used to do, and does it with vivacity and smarts."
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DC Metro Theater Arts
May 7th, 2017

“Mr. Hnath’s fascinating and often funny play allows four gifted actors a chance to surprise and delight us as they each find the words with which to explain their very different views of what Nora’s departure meant to each…The revelation of Mr. Hnath’s play is that, stripped of the pretense that kept their marriage afloat in its early days, these two vividly drawn characters are vital, real and totally unsuited to each other as marriage partners...Ranks high amongst the best of the season.”
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Out Magazine
May 8th, 2017

"The play—under Sam Gold’s direction—often attains a screwball comedy tone, with modern thinking and behavior mixed in and some wacky interactions that make things seem very now...The resulting debates are fresh and entertaining, and there’s also pathos in the fact that Nora is still seeking validation...Metcalf commands the stage, using all her expert comic and dramatic skills to create one of the season’s most indelible performances."
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W
May 6th, 2017

“Deeply satisfying (and very funny)…The four characters battle over what makes a marriage and whether marriage can ever be part of a happy life. But in Hnath and director Sam Gold's telling, none of them are straw men (or women). Each has a perfectly reasonable explanation for why they feel like they do. We are left with the bleak idea that some chasms are too deep to ever be bridged, no matter how well-meaning the intentions."
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StageZine
May 9th, 2017

“The thrill ride of the theatrical season...What is absolutely astounding is how Mr. Hnath has taken Ibsen’s characters and given them new and far more complicated lives than Ibsen would have ever imagined...The performances are among the best you will see this season…Laurie Metcalf is monumental and a force to be reckoned with…With expert writing and excellent performances, I can easily see 'The Doll’s House, Part 2' being named the best play of the year.”
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Off Script with Dan Dwyer
May 9th, 2017

“The freshest playwriting on Broadway this season, ingeniously conceived, economically executed…Hnath’s writing style is an exemplar in the active form of storytelling: characters and their conflicts, drawn with energy, clarity and precision. Sam Gold directs in the same mode…90 minutes of smart, witty, entertaining theater we need more of. Don’t miss it.”
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Show Showdown
September 20th, 2017

“It's as good as everyone says…Author Lucas Hnath tells his story with humor and compassion; Sam Gold directs smoothly and smartly. The cast is excellent: Julie White is snappy yet vulnerable as Nora; Stephen McKinley Henderson is a surprisingly human Torvald; Jayne Houdyshell is her usual wonderful self as the maid who brought up Nora (and is quick to point out that she brought up Nora's kids as well); and Erin Wilhelmi is close to perfect as Nora's sweetly passive-aggressive daughter.”
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Village Voice
May 2nd, 2017

“Both powerfully dense and elegantly sparse. Ideas seem to shoot off in all directions...Ibsen might well applaud…Hnath, deconstructing both Nora’s arguments and her opponents’ layer by layer, has reawakened the clash between her psychology and her premises. Ibsen painstakingly planted the seed that flowers, in ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2,’ bearing bitter, complexly flavored fruit that, 138 years later, we still need to learn how to swallow.”
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Z
May 19th, 2017

"Funny, wise, intriguing, brilliant, and damn crackling good. And as directed by Gold with a fine cast of four it is the speediest 90 minutes on Broadway...The play, in both setting and speech, is a somehow-it-works mash-up of 19th and 21st centuries...The arguments and stories are of their time, yet of ours as well. Just when did Nora slam that door—1879, 1979, or was it last year?...The discussions and arguments and fights we had back then are still with us, and probably always will be."
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Reviewing The Drama
April 27th, 2017

"The young and promising Hnath wrote an incredibly compelling play, bringing a modern sensibility and vernacular to this dusty classic. Much of the funny and persuasive dialogue is delivered in speeches, not unlike in Ibsen's play, yet this small but mighty cast palpably reacts to and connects with one another...The play belongs, though, to three-time Tony nominee Laurie Metcalf, who absolutely commands the stage."
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Show Showdown
May 14th, 2017

"The cast is a slam-dunk...Hnath does a fine job of making this piece very much his own. His writing is fluid and smart and often very funny...It's beginning to occur to me that Hnath works with more or less the same blueprint for every play of his...The characters in 'A Doll's House' are richer and more three-dimensional than some of those in his earlier works, which makes me hopeful that he's growing and developing as he writes."
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Theatre Reviews by John Clum
April 27th, 2017

"My first thought as I experienced this brilliant play is that it is too good for Broadway, which is sadder for Broadway than for the play...One of the fascinating aspects of the play and the simple but effective production by the ubiquitous Sam Gold is the confluence of past and present...Unlike 'Sweat,' which will probably win all the awards, 'A Doll's House, Part 2,' is never preachy. It never falls into melodrama. It deserved the cheering it got at the performance I attended."
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Philadelphia Inquirer
April 28th, 2017

"An entertaining if not especially revelatory evening in the theater...Directed with uncharacteristic obviousness by the usually understated Sam Gold, the starry cast spends most of the time facing us, delivering set pieces. Especially surprising in this blatantness is Laurie Metcalf hamming it up in her liberated Nora...Cooper’s Torvald is the clever surprise...The show is fun in its wink-wink, nudge-nudge references to the original play and the gaps among various verbal styles."
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LI Herald
May 5th, 2017

“The incomparable Laurie Metcalfe is Nora…Metcalfe mines humor in Nora’s accounts of her life. She’s expressive and looms large onstage…Directed by Sam Gold, the talented cast of four is rounded out by Chris Cooper as Torvald, seemingly gentle, chastened and sincere, and, as grown daughter Emmy, Condola Rashad is absolutely adorable, speaking quickly and dispassionately with a touch of naïveté. The cast is wonderful and all four have been nominated for theater awards.”
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BSonArts
April 27th, 2017

"A very modern look at marriage, identity, and the role of man and woman in- and outside of the home...This is all accomplished with lots of laugh-out-loud humor combined with thoroughly believable character development. The production is near perfect. Laurie Metcalf gives a fully dimensioned performance...Sam Gold’s direction is clear and smart...But the real star of this production is Hnath’s script. Rarely is something from the past made so present."
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The Modernist Beat
April 27th, 2017

"A mixed bag...Metcalf's scenes with Houdyshell crackle with wit and an undercurrent of tension and loss...Condola Rashad as Emmy offers a winning presence, but she cannot resolve the contradictions written into her role...Cooper seemed completely at sea...The fault though lies with the script. Metcalf and Houdyshell simply steamrolled over the play’s weaknesses, while Cooper could not resolve them with his process...The play simply did not know what it wanted to be."
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T
May 27th, 2017

"You will be thrilled by the performances, even if you disagree with how the characters are written...Despite how good they are, for me Hnath took the wrong track with his play...By going for the laughs he has detracted from what might have been a very interesting discussion of how a woman...unaware of how society worked, survived and prospered...While 'A Doll’s House, Part II' is an enjoyable evening particularly because of the fine acting, it could have been so much more."
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J
May 13th, 2017

"A slick, intelligent, splendidly acted discussion drama that’s fun to watch though not entirely believable...It clearly germinated in the shallows of the play’s popular reputation...To Hnath’s credit, all of these are independent, self-aware people who hold their own with pushy Nora...At bottom, Hnath’s characters feel too much like pieces on a polemical gameboard to be wholly credible as people. What keeps their artifice from overwhelming things is the superb acting."
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Theatre Arts Daily
April 27th, 2017

“The antivenin needed by audiences weary of the parade of over-produced Broadway theatre...Metcalf is giving a true star turn here...[It] does sputter out towards the end, where it wraps up without truly concluding in a meaningful way, as though Hnath simply got bored after awhile of writing, but a mediocre five minutes are no reason to skip eighty-five thrilling ones...The type of show that Broadway needs more of: a crowd-pleaser where eggheads and tourists will walk out with like delight.”
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Town & Country
April 29th, 2017

"'A Doll’s House Part 2' is an ingenious post-modern comedy that showcases a brilliantly manic star turn from Laurie Metcalf...By changing the script—quite literally, by adding an epilogue to Ibsen’s text—Hnath has made Nora Hemler much more human: she’s still heroic, she’s still bold and brash. But she’s also flawed, erratic, and, through Metcalf’s revelatory comic timing, truly funny."
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