“Free, quite free” pines Nora, Henrik Ibsen’s protagonist in A Doll’s House. Anticipating the repayment of her troubling debt, she outlines a future freedom that allows her “to be able to play and romp with the children; To have things tasteful and pretty in the house.” Nora’s fantasy of liberation, Ibsen’s play reveals, is a blueprint of her confinement. In an update of Ibsen, written by Stef Smith, three different Noras navigate three different eras: the suffragette’s movement, the sixties, and today. Smith heightens the economic anxieties of the original, illustrating how poverty redoubles vulnerability. At once modernizing Ibsen’s themes and demonstrating their continued relevance, Nora: A Doll’s House asks, How far have we really come since Ibsen shocked audiences in 1897? —C.J.F.
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