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A Doll's House

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Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Masterful

About the show

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

TFANA Associate Artistic Director Arin Arbus stages Thornton Wilder's English adaptation of Ibsen’s proto-feminist play, which examines a marriage held together by illusion and lies. For the first time ever, 'A Doll's House' is playing in repertory with a new adaptation of August Strindberg's 'The Father,' which was written in response to Ibsen's controversial 1879 drama. Both productions star Drama Desk Award winners John Douglas Thompson and Maggie Lacey.

Member Reviews (41)


Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Masterful
Avg Score

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".

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Great acting, Absorbing, An excellent cast headed by maggie lacey's fine interpretation of nora and the ever excellent john douglas thompson. well directed and still relevant.

See it if An excellent cast, well directed with fine performances by Maggie Lacey and John Douglas Thomson. Still relevant! Well worth seeing.

Don't see it if Ibsen isn't your cup of tea.

Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Must see

See it if you have never seen this classic play before and if you want to see some top notch acting with a thought provoking story.

Don't see it if you want big sets or are not into plays that make you think.

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.

Quirky, Intense, Disappointing, Ambitious, Intelligent

See it if you want to see really good actors go all in on a classic work; if you've not heard Thornton Wilder's adaptation

Don't see it if you are our for an entertaining night at the theatre; if you do not have a pre-existing investment in the play, the actors or the director

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

Relevant, Profound, Great staging

See it if unconventional performances, intimate theater setting and intelligent direction of this Ibsen classic appeals.

Don't see it if you've seen the play too many times, are sick of Feminist heroines, would prefer Matilda to this 19th-century drama.

Clever, Entertaining, Innovative

See it if u can go last minute, it's everything u heard and more, even without original cast

Don't see it if only if you don't have the time, otherwise a must not miss.

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.

Dated, Thought-provoking, Pedestrian, Intelligent

See it if You've never seen the play, it will give you a good idea of the themes, but not of why Nora makes her profound transformative decision.

Don't see it if You've seen more vital, engaging Doll Houses and don't want to see J D Thompson mostly wasted . See The Father instead.

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.

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

Great acting, Intense, Masterful

See it if classic theatre done well

Don't see it if if you are looking for something new

Resonant, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you liked Next to Normal, you are intrigued by gender issues, you want to see a very good production of a play you read in high school

Don't see it if you need something shorter, you don't like period pieces

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful

See it if You love Ibsen (I do!!!!) You want to see a great cast.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy family strife, and if you don't what are you doing trying to watch theatre.

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Must see, Masterful

See it if You enjoy Metcalf's masterful acting. You enjoy tightly-written and clever new plays. Even if you haven't seen the first play (read online!)

Don't see it if You prefer musicals. You don't like comedies. You aren't willing to do your small amount of homework to at least read a synopsis of original

Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You are in for a good night.

Don't see it if If you don't like atypical plots.

Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Exquisite, Great acting

See it if You like an obsorbing story and a good,thought provoking ending.

Don't see it if You don't like older style plays

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 hu...
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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 make...
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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 h...
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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 un...
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