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“A Doll’s House, Part 2” presented by the Hampton Theater Company – Dan’s Papers

“A Doll’s House, Part 2”, the “clever, funny and utterly captivating” play by Lucas Hnath (New York Times) revisiting the central characters of Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 original, will be the last production of the 2021 season -2022 from the Hampton Theater Company, opening May 26 at Quogue Community Hall and running through June 12.
When the door slams in 1879 Norway in Henrik Ibsen’s groundbreaking play, a young wife and mother leaves her family behind, freeing herself from the shackles of traditional societal constraints. Now, 15 years later, that same door opens to reveal Nora, a changed woman with an incredibly awkward favor to ask the people she left behind. Lucas Hnath’s bitingly funny sequel unfolds in a series of spiky clashes revealing that behind every opinion there’s a person, and that a slamming door isn’t just an end, but also the chance to a new start.
A Newcity.com review of the Steppenwolf Theater production in Chicago answered a common question in the minds of many moviegoers: “First of all: no, you don’t need to have seen or read ‘A Doll’s House” by Henrik Ibsen to understand or appreciate the theatrical mastery of “A Doll’s House, Part 2”.
In a review for DCTheatreScene.com, Jayne Blanchard wrote, “The exuberant imagination of ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’ is clever on two levels. It’s insightful, funny, and smart, yet smart as a slap in the face in its depiction of gender roles and expectations of what it’s like to be a woman.
The review also noted that Hnath’s “sharp, often laugh-out-loud dialogue contains modern language” that draws “deft and devastating connections between the past and present and the little change in the realm of women’s rights.” And even, in light of recent events, how we seem to be slipping back in our thinking about women’s identity, ownership of their bodies, and restrictive definitions of motherhood and wife roles.
In his review for The New York Times, Ben Brantley wrote, “This unexpectedly rich sequel reminds us that houses shake and sometimes fall when doors slam, and there are living people inside, who can be injured or lost.”
In a cast of four, the HTC production of “A Doll’s House, Part 2” features two HTC veterans, Rosemary Cline as Nora and Andrew Botsford as Torvald. Molly Brennan makes her HTC stage debut as Nora’s daughter, Emmy, who was directed by Ms. Cline in productions at Westhampton Beach High School and was awarded one of HTC’s Peter Marbury Fellowships in 2020. Newcomer Marianne Schmidt has the role of housekeeper and nanny Anne Marie.
George Loizides (“Private Lives”, “Native Gardens”, “Lost in Yonkers”) conducts. The scenography is by M. Loizides; lighting design by Sebastian Paczynski; sound by Seamus Naughton; and costumes by Teresa Lebrun.
“A Doll’s House, Part 2” will be played from May 26 to June 12 on Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. An additional matinee performance will be offered on the last production weekend, Saturday, June 11, before the regular 8 p.m. performance that evening. Two bonus “talkbacks” with the cast will be offered, the first immediately after the performance on Friday evening June 3 and the second after the morning performance on Sunday June 5.
PLEASE NOTE: For everyone’s safety, ticket holders will be required to show photo ID and proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of the day of the performance they are attending. Face masks will be required at all times inside the theatre. These protocols are subject to change. For more information and updates on safety protocols, visit hampton theatre.org.
Tickets are $36, $31 for seniors and $20 for students 25 and under. To purchase tickets, visit www.hamptontheatre.org. For information on Veteran or Native American discounts or to order tickets over the phone, please call 631-653-8955.