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.
“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
"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." Full Review
"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." 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
"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
"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
"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." Full Review
“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.” Full Review
“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.” Full Review
"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." Full Review
"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
"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." 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
"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
“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.” Full Review
"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." 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
"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." Full Review
"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." Full Review
"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." Full Review
"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." Full Review
"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." Full Review
“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.” Full Review
“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.” Full Review
"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." Full Review
See it if You enjoy creative writing and amazing acting. The writing is incredible--it was funny, clever and phenomenally acted. I was mesmerized!
Don't see it if you can't stay up past 8 pm, hate plays in general or are on the fence about your impending nuptials.
See it if you enjoyed Henrik Ibsen's classic, have strong feminist opinions, or like updated takes on old works.
Don't see it if you want an extravagant performance, elaborate sets, or an easygoing theatre experience.
See it if you like character-focued plays , with an almost empty scene, focused on great themes that are brought to the audience with a lot of humor.
Don't see it if you prefer plays with a great scene and action, imponent costumes and/or a lot of characters.
See it if you want to see the best play on Broadway in years (even decades).
Don't see it if you want miss a brilliant contemporary take on an 1860's portrayal of a family caught in a suffocating social cage. Nothing ever changes.
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