On Wednesday, May 10, two sophomore classes attended a matinee performance of the Broadway play, A Doll’s House, Part 2. This new production is based on Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 play, A Doll’s House, about the Helmer family. While a previous sequel, a musical first performed in 1982, was less successful, this show is a hit. Performed in the intimate Golden Theatre at 252 West 45th Street, A Doll’s House Part 2 has great reviews.
Hnath, while an experienced regional and off Broadway playwright, has never before had a work on Broadway. It’s eight tony nominations (including Best Play, Direction, and nominations for the company) make this play a success for Hnath. Ms. Umansky’s students were therefore particularly lucky to see A Doll’s House, Part 2 while it plays a limited 11-week engagement through July 30, 2017.
A Doll’s House, Part 2 is directed by Tony winner Sam Gold. It picks up after the final scene of Ibsen’s 1879 groundbreaking masterwork, when Nora makes the shocking decision to leave her family. This climactic event — when Nora slams the door on everything in her life — instantly propelled world drama into the modern age. A Doll’s House, Part 2, shows many years have passed since Nora’s exit. Now, there’s a knock on that same door and Nora has returned. Ms. Umansky’s sophomores were eager to find out why and what it meant for those she left behind.