A Doll's House, Part 2
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A Doll's House, Part 2
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A Doll's House, Part 2 NYC Reviews and Tickets

86%
(972 Reviews)
Positive
93%
Mixed
6%
Negative
1%
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.

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965 Reviews | 339 Followers
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 Read more

983 Reviews | 229 Followers
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.

811 Reviews | 221 Followers
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.

539 Reviews | 1877 Followers
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.

706 Reviews | 214 Followers
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. Read more

746 Reviews | 124 Followers
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

692 Reviews | 152 Followers
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

MJK
677 Reviews | 187 Followers
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. Read more

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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