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A Doll's House, Part 2

From 971 member  reviews
Members say: 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. More…

In the final scene of 'A Doll's House,' 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. Suddenly, there’s a knock on that same door. Nora has returned. But why? And what will it mean for those she left behind? Lucas Hnath’s new play also stars Tony winner Jayne Houdyshell and Tony nominee Stephen McKinley Henderson.

1h 30m | Already closed | The John Golden Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (971)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Clever, Funny, Absorbing, Great writing
86
Avg Score

75
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

Also After hearing so much about the play, I was eager to see it. I don't t... Read more Read less

86
Great acting, Great writing, Funny, Refreshing

See it if You want to see stellar performances of a stellar script. Nice and short at 90 minutes, too. Better than I thought going in.

Don't see it if Stories about divorce or complex relationships are not of interest to you. It's serious, but with funny bite.

82
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.

70
Dry, Overrated, Bland, Disappointing, Intellectual

See it if Nora hangs out with her ex and chats about their old relationship. Characters philosophize about the value of marriage.

Don't see it if My real life meeting with an ex from 15 years ago was more interesting than the fictional one here. The play lacked emotional intensity.

Also The original Ibsen play is much more powerful.

95
Smart, Clever, Original, Riveting, Must see

See it if you've wondered what happened to Ibsen's Nora after she walked out on her family & want to see a fresh, original take on Ibsen's characters.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in hearing from one of NY theatre's most innovative new voices, Lucas Hnath; otherwise, there's no reason to miss it.

Also I saw this with both the original cast (Laurie Metcalf, Chris Cooper, ... Read more Read less

85
Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Engaging

See it if you're a fan of amazing acting and plays that explore ideas with real honesty, complexity and thoroughness.

Don't see it if you don't care about astounding acting. Laurie Metcalf and Condola Rashad are INCREDIBLE.

86
Clever, Great acting, Funny, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you're interested in feminist, cultural and legal issues, a fan of any of the cast who are all terrific, curious about a Nora return

Don't see it if you think a witty comedy is not a response to "A Doll's House," a play of ideas doesn't appeal to you nor does nontraditional casting

92
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy watching actors at the top of their craft. Their performances elevate the already smart, clever, and hilarious writing.

Don't see it if you're turned off by contemporary dialogue in period costumes. You can't be precious about accuracy of time periods with this one.

80
Clever, Funny, Intense, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you have wanted something & wish you hadn't received it. The play creates a human tripod holding up three unexpectedly precarious lives

Don't see it if you are disturbed by period inconsistencies. The staging is surprising for Broadway let alone for 19th Century characters in formal dress

93
Clever, Delightful, Relevant, Masterful, Great writing

See it if you want to see a top-rated cast deliver a wonderful performance of a well-written play.

Don't see it if if you are a dullard who cannot make the connection of how the message in this play is still alive today.

95
Laurie metcalf should be proclaimed a national treasure, A rare occurrence: an intelligent play on broadway!, Funny, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you enjoy intelligent theatre. I am appreciative of the fact that the producers are taking a chance on one of our best younger writers.

Don't see it if you don't want to be intellectually stimulated when you go to the theatre.

90
Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious, Riveting, Edgy

See it if You do not mind a brilliant new playwright imagining what could have happened if Nora came back. Like a feminist slant and superb actors.

Don't see it if You want your classics to stay unchanged. Dislike new endings and role reversal. Actually, there is no reason not to see this play.

Also Lucas Hnath, the playwright, is one to watch in the future. His play, ... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if Superb acting and great chemistry. Excellent writing and open staging. Playwright fairly presents the four characters' viewpoints.

Don't see it if you prefer musicals. I can attest to the fact that it is not necessary to have seen A Doll's House by Ibsen. All is explained in Part 2.

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Funny, Masterful, Resonant

See it if you'd love having 4 fine actors take you on a merry ride. It's definitely funny, but also thoughtful, smart and fine. Great fresh take.

Don't see it if Don't want new perspectives on a classic tale, seek lots of action, big set, costume changes. It's talky and heady both.

Also I loved this from the moment I entered the theater. So creative and ri... Read more Read less

92
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you want to see a smart play that is entertaining (Jayne Houdyshell is a riot) and a great commentary on the changing world.

Don't see it if you still believe a woman's place is in the kitchen.

90
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you're looking for a short and sweet play with lots of witty dialogue and fantastic acting. Very well-written and constructed new play.

Don't see it if You want and expect this to have the same tone as Ibsen—it was much funnier than expected. Having the reference of the original ADH helps.

94
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you have always wondered what happened when that door closed. Acting is first class, especially Metcalf & Houdyshell.Quite thought provoking

Don't see it if you miss Jersey Boys. This play requires that you think a bit. It rewards you with snappy dialogue, great acting, and a lot of humor,

95
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Riveting, Must see

See it if You want incredible acting doing justice to the complexity of gender roles, agency, codependence, public and domestic life

Don't see it if You want spectacle. You don’t have any interest in what concerns women while they are navigating relationships and the other demands of life

Also Laurie Metcalf’s Nora is complex, intelligent, flawed, and—most import... Read more Read less

74
Interesting polemic on marriage. chris cooper not to be missed.

See it if You want to hear lovely writing, see Jane Howdyshell at her best. See the aforementioned Chris Cooper who is brilliant.

Don't see it if Laurie Metcalf is shrill and mannered. If you want a story or some resolution to Part 1 this may not do it.

90
Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like new plays and great theater.

Don't see it if you think women should know their place and be good wives.

89
Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant

See it if you enjoy great performances by a solid cast. Resonant story about women's rights in a man's world

Don't see it if you don't enjoy talky shows

89
Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you like Ibsen, great acting (by all), a clever concept, depth of characters and a show that makes you think.

Don't see it if see above.

88
Smart, Post-provocative, Great acting, Humor born of pain and loss

See it if Hnath writes a play full of truth, set in early 20th c. but delivered in 21c. speak. To be in any relationship requires lies - who are we...

Don't see it if if willing to do so? What is sacrificed for freedom? Loved Metcalf's physicality in commitment to role & Nora's choice to be courageous.

83
Clever, Funny, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you want a funny, fast-paced sequel (as imagined by Hnath) to show what happened to Nora after she walked out the door in Ibsen's classic

Don't see it if you are an Ibsen purist; don't want a play that has a feminist point of view on relationships; don't want modern language w/ period costumes

Also 1. The tone of this play is very different - it's very funny. Sometime... Read more Read less

86
Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining, Indulgent

See it if you want to see an entire cast of Tony-nominated performances, all of whom richly deserved their nods.

Don't see it if you need there to be much of a point to the fun. This is definitely more about enjoying the journey than appreciating the destination.


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 fo...
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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 e...
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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 exempla...
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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 pre...
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