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A Doll's House, Part 2

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Lucas Hnath's sequel to Ibsen's masterwork comes to Broadway in a production directed by Tony winner Sam Gold, and starring Emmy winner Laurie Metcalf and Oscar winner Chris Cooper.

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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 boasts an all-star cast including Tony winner Jayne Houdyshell and two-time Tony nominee Condola Rashad.

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The New York Times

"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

Broadway News

"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


"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

Time Out New York

"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

New Yorker

"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

The Guardian (UK)

"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

Lighting & Sound America

"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

DC Theatre Scene

"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

Theater Life

"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

Front Row Center

“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

Theatre's Leiter Side

“'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

Talkin' Broadway

"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

The Huffington Post

"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

The Wall Street Journal

"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

New York Magazine / Vulture

"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

AM New York

"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

The Hollywood Reporter

"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

New York Daily News

"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

Times Square Chronicles

“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


"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


"'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." Full Review

Chicago Tribune

"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." 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

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Funny, Ambitious, Clever, Great acting

See it if you're interested in contemporary playwrights or a Laurie Metcalf fan.

Don't see it if you're expected a feminist torch play.

Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You know the "A Doll's House" story and like independent women & great acting - this is ALL about the acting

Don't see it if you are a chauvinist, have a closed mind

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

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

Funny, Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a thoughtful, beautifully acted play. While being surprisingly very funny, DH2 gives you a lot to consider.

Don't see it if you can't sit through a talky show. Not much of a set and not much action.

Also Very thoughtful play written about various relationships. Nora, of A D... Read more Read less

Funny, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Profound, Smart

See it if you want a taut, well- acted and -directed play that crams a lot of excellence into 90 minutes. This foursome was on fire. Simply great.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in stories about women and the complexities of marriage, feminism, and a woman's place in the world.

Great acting, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Entertaining

See it if you want to see great acting.

Don't see it if you're expecting anything challenging or thrilling.

Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if You want to see great acting

Don't see it if You do not like minimalist productions

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You admire Laurie Metcalf's acting skills. To see Condola Rashad's short scene is worth the price and time. Just a brilliant performance

Don't see it if You like ornate scenery, costumes. You do not like to listen to serious conversation and debate. You like neat, happy endings.

Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if Reopening her once slammed door, Nora will discover why she slammed it in the first place. Metcalf & Company elevate the verbose material.

Don't see it if Domestic squabbles in a boxing ring will wear you out from all the no equivocating stances. Argue less (in a comedy) and we'll smile more.

Dry, Disappointing, Overrated, Intellectual, Bland

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.

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

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

Great acting, Entertaining, Anachronistic

See it if you wondered what happened to Nora after she left and slammed the door.. Great cast and staging.

Don't see it if Written in 1879, the original Doll's House began the feminist movement. However that movement is still evolving.

Also Placing the play 15 years in the future condenses almost 140 years of ... Read more Read less

Original, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Witty

See it if You want to see a show with great writing about marriage, women's rights, family matters, expressed by great acting.

Don't see it if If you don't like the subject matter.

Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Must see, Entertaining

See it if You're a fan of Lucas Hnath or any of the cast, like performers at the top of their game, and like weightier subjects mixed with humor.

Don't see it if You think it's for children, want a musical---I don't know. I can't think of a reason not to see it.

Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Overrated, Badly staged

See it if You always wondered Nora's fate, like good acting, and shows that present two sides of feminism.

Don't see it if You enjoy fully-staged sets, and are bothered by male playwrights again being given center stage to discuss feminist issues, or hate sequels

Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you enjoy a piece that debates with itself through a provoking series of arguments.

Don't see it if you glorified Ibsen's take on feminism

Clever, Great acting, Refreshing, Relevant, Surprisingly funny

See it if Unexpectedly funny, this imagined sequel to A Doll's House is superbly acted, breezy (90 min/no intermission), relevant & touching.

Don't see it if You don't like the idea of messing with a classic. It's tone is completely different from Ibsen's original, but it's so refreshing!

Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Masterful, Entertaining

See it if Sadly, it closed but you missed a great play

Don't see it if You don't appreciate a simply told powerful story

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.

Intelligent, Relevant, Indulgent, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you are willing to sit through "speeches" rather than acting with the occasional modern curse word thrown in for gratuitous laughs

Don't see it if you are looking for answers to why Nora left or why she would come back. These are not characters in a play but rather concepts in costume

Funny, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if If you want to see a quartet of fine actors, if not at the top of their games, close - in a bit of an offbeat extension on Ibsen.

Don't see it if You want your Ibsen more profound and deep and dramatic and not with a light touch and laughs.

Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Must see

See it if you want to see a great cast, Laurie metcalf and Jayne houdyshell are fantastic.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a play.

Funny, Great acting, Masterful, Riveting

See it if You want to see masterful acting, a light comedy, period costumes w contemporary dialogue. No need to see A Doll's House to get this show.

Don't see it if Cursing, especially while dressed in period costumes, bothers you. You want a compelling drama. You need freedom to leave your seat.

Also Be on time. Show is 90 min with no intermission, and there is no late ... Read more Read less

Funny, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you like dynamic acting and excellent staging. And you were interested in what could have happened to Nora when she left her husband's home.

Don't see it if you like all talk and very little action.

Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if u want to see a riveting play + four sensational performances. Laurie Metcalf deserves the Tony. You believe all that has happened to Nora

Don't see it if after she left 15 years before. You'll be thrilled for her new freedom & feel for what she still wants/needs. The issues are relevant now.