A Doll's House
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A Doll's House

A Doll's House NYC Reviews and Tickets

(46 Ratings)
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Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Clever

About the Show

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

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78 Reviews | 76 Followers
Great acting, Masterful, Great staging, Resonant, Exquisite

See it if you want to see a wonderfully staged, superbly performed production of one of the Ibsen's best plays. The greatest Nora I've ever seen.

Don't see it if you can't look at a classic play with fresh eyes. This production is pure realism, but it's done exquisitely well.

156 Reviews | 60 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.

104 Reviews | 20 Followers
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if The cast was fabulous,the writing wonderful.Its great to be transported to another time and place. A really good NY audience totally engagin

Don't see it if There is something for everyone in this show 1:30 hours is worth your time

162 Reviews | 72 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.

109 Reviews | 15 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Must see

See it if You like great acting and thoughtful theater

Don't see it if You like traditional plots and staging

127 Reviews | 24 Followers
Absorbing, Entertaining, Masterful, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You want a well written dark look at marriage and family.

Don't see it if You need more than great dialogue to be entertained.

221 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

96 Reviews | 44 Followers
Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you want to see an important play in theater history done with great clarity. And still it manages to be a wonderful evening in the theater.

Don't see it if being intellectually stimulated bothers you.

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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