Jul. 7th, 2010

Dollhouses

Jul. 7th, 2010 10:31 pm
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I recently saw a production of Dollhouse by Rebecca Gilman at the Guthrie. This is adapted from Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House. The story of Nora and Torvald in the late 19th century becomes the story of Nora and Terry in the early 21st century (post Enron et al, pre-mortgage crisis).

The story translates pretty well to modern America. But I don't really feel like it said anything new. In some ways, 21st century Nora is less of a progressive character than her 19th century counterpart. She seems to have less agency at a couple of key points in the narrative.

Thoughts and spoilers behind the cut. )

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