A Doll's House
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A Doll's House

A Doll's House NYC Reviews and Tickets

(41 Reviews)
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Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Masterful

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Theatre for a New Audience presents Henrik Ibsen's classic drama about marriage, illusion, and deceit.

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Member Reviews (41)

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677 Reviews | 187 Followers
Absorbing, Great writing, Profound

See it if you want to see a very faithful interpretation of one of the most important works of Modern Drama. It's a very good but very safe production

Don't see it if you hope for anything new, edgy or original from Ibsen's controversial (in its time) masterwork about the "New Woman".

213 Reviews | 45 Followers
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if like fine performances, classic drama, intimate version of the Ibsen Classic

Don't see it if don't like dramas, don't want to see family strife played out in front of you

206 Reviews | 59 Followers
Great writing, Slow, Intelligent, Uninspired, Competent

See it if you've seen "The Father" and want to make the comparison.

Don't see it if you've already seen a strong production of this classic.

168 Reviews | 162 Followers
Not "good"; it get a "so-so" from me

See it if What went wrong here? Was it me or the production? The same cast which was so good in THE FATHER presents a flat reading of this great play.

Don't see it if Nora's speech to her husband in the last act is still thrilling, but the arguments leading up to it are weak. Thompson does not shine here.

181 Reviews | 37 Followers
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you like a good cast including supporting players delivering strong performances, Henrik Ibsen, or compelling female characters.

Don't see it if you're in the mood for something light & fluffy, or you don't like Ibsen. This is a good, solid version of A Doll's House

162 Reviews | 73 Followers
Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Masterful

See it if A great play performed by great actors in a great production. What could be better? Not much.

Don't see it if You don't love great theater.

151 Reviews | 58 Followers
Great acting, Ambitious, Must see, Masterful

See it if The best production I have seen. Thompson is as always magnificent - particularly in the 2nd act, and Lacey is transformative as Nora.

Don't see it if You don't like Ibsen.

147 Reviews | 33 Followers
Riveting, Intense, Great staging, Superb acting

See it if ready to have the acting blow your socks off

Don't see it if your a misogynist with a short attention spand

Critic Reviews (18)

The New York Times
May 25th, 2016

"What really awakens the senses here is the feeling of suffocation that pervades domestic battlefields, an impression of doom woven into the fabric of a social order…It is to the credit of this interpretation that you feel not only for the painfully enlightened wife but also for the bewildered husband in torment...These twinned productions of Strindberg and Ibsen maintain a similarly low hysteria quotient, without sacrificing the plays’ anxious and compelling momentum."
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Time Out New York
May 25th, 2016

“Lacey’s Nora has the makings of a modern woman. She employs every resource at her disposal to sustain a family life that happens to be a fantasy. Jesse J. Perez tends to mustache-twirl as Krogstad, but Linda Powell is nicely grounded as his former inamorata, fallen on hard times. Nigel Gore makes for a congenial Dr. Rank, one whose charm outstrips his morbidity. Thompson admirers will avidly await Torvald’s inevitable eruption, which does not disappoint—except, pivotally, Nora.”
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New York Daily News
June 9th, 2016

"The battle of the sexes comes served two ways in Theatre for a New Audience’s sturdy and ever-accessible double bill of classics...Maggie Lacey plays against her girl-next-door looks...In 'A Doll’s House,' she bolts from and slams the door on her marriage. John Douglas Thompson brings depth as her spouse in each show."
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May 25th, 2016

“Like a 1950s sitcom wife, Lacey endows Nora with innately comedic qualities. She's flighty and cartoonish...It's not only funny, but provides for a thrilling transformation as Lacey's Nora awakens to the unjust realities governing her marriage. By contrast, Thompson's Torvald seems blissfully unaware of the negative effects of his paternalism. His epic meltdown in the final scene is one for the ages: We would leave him too.”
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Lighting & Sound America
June 1st, 2016

"A taut, tension-filled psychological battle…Maggie Lacey does not disappoint, speeding around the living room of her apartment like a wind-up toy…In Lacey's hands, Nora is a far more complex woman than one remembers…Thompson's Torvald is a finely calibrated characterization, the evident age difference between him and Lacey working to good effect…The rest of Arbus' production--which makes use of Wilder's highly speakable 1937 translation--is equally acute."
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June 7th, 2016

"These inspired revivals using the Thornton Wilder adaptation of 'A Doll’s House' and Scottish playwright David Greig’s new English language version of 'The Father' feature a company of actors led by the magnificent John Douglas Thompson and Maggie Lacey, all of whom appear in both plays. With the audience sitting on opposite sides of a narrow playing area with two walls removed that puts the viewers ring side, these productions are dazzling theater whether seen in tandem or seen separately."
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Theater Pizzazz
May 30th, 2016

"The plays feel more accessible and tailored to a wider audience than ever, thanks to dual outstanding lead performances in both pieces by John Douglas Thompson and Maggie Lacey. Under the capable direction of Arin Arbus, Thompson and Lacey storm through both masterworks with an intensity and passion that elevate them far above all other elements of the productions."
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May 25th, 2016

"Insightfully directed…A terrific repertory ensemble…It's fascinating to see Lacey's Nora turn from fluttery 'doll wife' to determinedly independent woman…Thompson's Torvald is equally unmissable…Jesse J. Perez is magnificently angry and distraught as Krogstad…While I've seen some wonderful versions of the Ibsen, I can't remember a more touching finale than this one."
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