February 29th, 2016, 2:00 pm by Sara
July 28th, 2011, 12:00 pm by Sara
The theater program of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) Fine and Performing Arts Department will open in March with a new version of Henrik Ibsen’s masterpiece, A Doll’s House, to be followed in April by Michael Frayn’s Noises Off.
According to Laura Standley, assistant professor of theater at MCLA, “This spring season’s productions feature an unlikely feminist and an outrageously rotten theater company, which serve as examples of characters from both classic and contemporary works.”
Standley directs the production of A Doll’s House (adapted by Simon Stephens), which runs from Wednesday-Saturday (March 2-5). In this play, Nora Helmer has secretly borrowed a large amount of money to pay for her husband, Torvald, to recover from illness on sabbatical in Italy. Torvald’s perception of Nora is of a silly, naive spendthrift, so it is only when the truth begins to emerge and Torvald realizes who Nora really is, that cracks which cannot be mended appear in their marriage.
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This unusual staging of A Doll’s House might work on film. Done that way we might have been better able to see it, hear it and enjoy it. For example, in the scene above you see the children playing in the kitchen. This photo shows more of Sol Sutter(l) and Rose Sutter(r) than I was able to see from my seat.
So it seems to me that the audience and their needs were clearly an afterthought in this annoyingly staged production of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. The heavy handed symbolism began the moment you entered the theatre and encountered the vast and complex set in which the action would take place. It was more like a maze with room after room growing like tumors off the main living room.
Perhaps David Korins, the set designer, meant the labyrinthic warren of rooms to represent Nora’s journey to her own center and back again out into the world. This is the life passage the classic character of Nora Helmer (Lily Rabe) takes in the play.
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