A Doll’s House, Part 2
through February 10, 2019
In the late 1800’s Henrik Ibsen put together this story about a woman who stood up for herself and took a hike, leaving her husband and kids to deal with life on their own. This sequel by Lucas Hnath is a co-production by Actor’s Express and the Aurora Theatre.
It’s so timely, inasmuch as it relates to women standing up for their rights, even in these days. Freddie Ashley has come to Aurora from Actor’s Express to direct the show with an all-star cast. The story is about Nora (Tess Malis Kincaid), who walked out on her husband, Torvald (Rob Cleveland) some 15 years before. She ran off and sought to find herself, which she did as an author whose works were published under a nom de plume. It seems she had some legal difficulties and had to impel Torvald to comply with some things to keep other things on track.
She calls at the house to be welcomed by the maid, Anne Marie (Deadre Moore) who may hear and see things from a different perspective, and may not wish to get stuck in the middle of a family feud. The daughter Emmy (Shelli Delgado) comes into the morass when she shows up and sees her mother after all those years. And, it is what she hears and sees that enters into the scene.
If you’ve heard Sinatra sing After You’ve Gone then you may think that is the message of this script. A very nice and easily working set by Isabel and Moriah Curley-Clay, and actions and reactions that may cause you to think of yesterday’s newscast. It isn’t one for the kiddies, but nobody gets physically harmed or abused. It is another one of those theatre “collusions” but is not a conspiracy, it is great in that it saves each of the houses a lot for sets, costumes and so much more.
More info at AuroraTheatre.com