A Doll's House

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 15 2013

A versatile community company that has tackled material as wide-ranging as Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog and Hair, ACT1 closes out its 24th season with a production of Henrik Ibsen’s landmark exploration of human rights through domestic intrigue. When first performed in 1879, A Doll’s House presented a multitude of innovations: Ibsen eschewed traditional concessions to the audience — like asides and soliloquies — to enhance the action’s realism, and his sympathetic portrayal of a woman who seeks to be treated as an equal rather than a piece of property was revolutionary for its time. These details may seem perfectly commonplace today, but Ibsen’s storytelling lays out a bigger drama with plenty for actors to sink their teeth into, strong characters who contend with secrets and blackmail in the midst of trying to define their identities. Terra Buschmann, who has gained attention for her roles in local productions of Sense and Sensibility and The Miracle Worker, gets a turn in the spotlight as Nora Helmer, while Ben Gregory, a graduate of the Yale theater program, gets to add the tradition-rooted Torvald to his list of ACT1 and Circle Players credits.

Stephen Trageser



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