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"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." Full Review
"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." Full Review
"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." Full Review
"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." Full Review
"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." Full Review
"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." Full Review
"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." Full Review
"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." Full Review
"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." Full Review
"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." Full Review
"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." Full Review
"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." Full Review
"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." Full Review
"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." Full Review
“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.” Full Review
"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." Full Review
"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." Full Review
“'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.” Full Review
"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." Full Review
"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." Full Review
"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." Full Review
"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." Full Review
“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.” Full Review
"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." Full Review
"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." Full Review
See it if You like great acting, good script , and a wonderful evening in theatre. Laurie Metcalf was wonderful in this role- a special performance.
Don't see it if You don't like a play that requires thinking, with riveting performances, about a sad situation for a woman but has some humor. Heavy.
See it if you are a fan of Ibsen or if you just love good, solid, theatre with strong themes that are written exquisitely.
Don't see it if you don't like minimal sets or staging. Or if you are looking for something upbeat. This is quite entertaining, but not upbeat.
See it if you like intelligent drama and thought provoking writing. Julie White is at the top of her game, with a knockout monologue early in the show
Don't see it if you don't want to be challenged to think. If you want an elaborately staged play, although the simple set is effective.
See it if you love highly engrossing contemporary comedies that are thought provoking, ask deep questions about life, and are thoroughly satisfying.
Don't see it if you don't like challenging material with a post-modern sensibility regardless of how entirely entertaining it may be.
See it if You like A Doll's House & want to see a possible version of "what happened next." You're interested in exploring feminism, marriage & more.
Don't see it if You have strong ideas about who these characters were and don't want to see actors that don't fit the mold.
See it if Plays about equality and equity give women a voice are your cup of tea; or if you'd like to watch Laura Metcalf in a brilliant role.
Don't see it if You prefer traditional storylines and gender roles.
See it if you want a strange 20th century re-interpretation of a classic (and you know the original). Fine performances and some script surprises
Don't see it if you want authenticity to the source or you can't listen to rapid fire delivery of the script.
See it if you want a stellar cast and a quick moving, funny play that questions the ideals of marriage.
Don't see it if you don't like modernized feelings about marriage or serious but funny material.
See it if You yearn to see a clever take on what happens years later in A Doll's House. Smart, well-acted, fast paced.
Don't see it if You're expecting to leave finding out anything new about the classic Ibsen play.
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
See it if Fans of original will have a great time laughing it up at expense of doomed duo. Great to see Tony winning perf. Cooper a solid foil for LM.
Don't see it if Not a heavy handed drama. Quartet cutting loose on a classic. If you need more than 90 minutes for value, go elsewhere.
See it if you've seen and liked the Ibsen version; like monologues; have a sense of humor (or irony) about the relations between the sexes.
Don't see it if Unlikeable characters, preachiness, or lots of talking are dealbreakers for you. You're expecting Ibsen.
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.
See it if you want to hear a bright new voice in the American theatre, and if you like the original play
Don't see it if you have no sense of humor or were never interested in Nora and Torvald in the first place
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.
See it if you want to witness a great script about marriage and relationships unfold before you with impeccable acting and the right balance of humor.
Don't see it if you don't want to think about flaws in relationships; or prefer musicals.