Nov 30 – Dec 18, 2005
Copresented with Court Theatre
Mabou Mines DollHouse transforms Henrik Ibsen’s bourgeois tragedy into high comedy with a deep bite. Building upon his award-winning approach to deconstructing classics, director Lee Breuer turns Ibsen’s mythic feminist anthem on its head by physicalizing the equation of power and scale. Torvald, Rank, and Krogstad are all played by actors whose heights range from 3’4” to 4’5”, while Nora and Kristine are played by tall actresses. Nothing dramatizes Ibsen’s social critique more clearly than the image of these little men dominating and commanding women one-and-a-half times their size in a playhouse-size doll house.
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