LIVE: “A Doll’s House @ Williamstown Theatre Fesival [Berkshire on Stage]
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.