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A Doll's House

A Doll's House

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by Henrik Ibsen

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A unique combination of performance and commentary. Topics include body language and camera angles; rehearsal vs. performance; set design, costume and make-up; and historical context.


A unique combination of performance and commentary. Topics include body language and camera angles; rehearsal vs. performance; set design, costume and make-up; and historical context.

Editorial Reviews

USA Today
New, raw, gut-twisting and gripping. Easily the hottest drama this season.
Wall Street Journal
Bold, brilliant and alive.
A thunderclap of an evening that takes your breath away.
Associated Press
The stuff of Broadway legend.
From the Publisher
"In [Wilder's] A Doll's House . . . the relationship of dialogue to action is very special, like nothing that had been heard on stage before."—David Hammond, PlayMakers Repertory Company
The New Statesman

Meyer's translations of Ibsen are a major fact in one's general sense of post-war drama. Their vital pace, their unforced insistence on the poetic centre of Ibsen's genius, have beaten academic versions from the field.
Evening Standard

A powerful statement of [Ibsen's] radical beliefs about gender, the folly of idealism and the nature of modern love.

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Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906) was a major 19th-century Norwegian playwright, theatre director, and poet. He is often referred to as "the godfather" of modern drama and is one of the founders of Modernism in the theatre. His plays were considered scandalous to many of his era, when Victorian values of family life and propriety largely held sway in Europe. Ibsen's work examined the realities that lay behind many facades, revealing much that was disquieting to many contemporaries. It utilized a critical eye and free inquiry into the conditions of life and issues of morality. Ibsen is often ranked as one of the truly great playwrights in the European tradition, alongside Shakespeare.

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A Doll's House 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
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For the first part you feel like nothing is happening (mainly because nothing IS happening), but the ending was good enough to earn in another star.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shows a self center personality who later might try to claim them back and wonder why they still fell wronged. Naturally a man wrote this! That women feel they must find thenselves is the same as a man going off to do so andkeaving his family only then it is a poor mans divorce
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manurcu36 More than 1 year ago
Fantastic book
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WaltimusWL More than 1 year ago
I was in the Doll House when i was a wee lad, this nook book brought me back.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
As a bound women of stereotypes and a family that she doesn't know, Nora's self liberation isn't so surprising after all. Her burst for freedom was iminent, but only occured when she realised that it would never change. Ibsen creates a doll's house, or even a bird's cage, where the vulnerable creature can only have a say when they realise that they have a voice to express their views. Through an intricate storyline, one can learn valuable lessons concerning what one does for love and what one does for the sake of their own future. Not only does Nora free herself from her cage, but she destroys all future possiblities of new cages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I believe that this is one of them most wonderful books about independence I have ever read. Nora Helmer, who seems as an innocent child, displays an amazing metamorphisis throughout this book. At first she seems to enjoy being indulged in her childlike ways. As the story progresses, we come to discover that she is not as innocent as she looks. Nora has a secret about her father's affairs after he died, she forged his signature, and has kept it from Torvald, her husband , all these years. She has only kept it from him because she did not think she could make it on her own (because she knew if he knew about it, she would surely be casted away.) In the end, all is told and although furious, Torvald plans to keep it from everyone and continue on with everything. Nora, at this point, decides that she can make it on her own and leaves Torvald. Very good story, especially for the time period it is set in. I enjoyed it thoroughly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that this play is very realistic and that it applies to people today. If everyone read this play, I am sure the world would be much better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
just went through the script and i found it interesting...close to reality...i was given the character of Mrs Linde..a widow..expressed well as a young widows character.. Nora Helmer..is an amazing character...innocent yet very strong...she goes along well with the flow..and becomes strong with her decision when its time to leave...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ibsen introduced new, daring ideas that were practically unheard of in his day. Nora, the main character, acts and is treated like a doll by her domineering husband Torvald. He controls everything, even what she eats. He strives for perfection, and convinces both himself and Nora that their marriage is faultless. However, as the play progresses, you can see that underneath that feeble, doll image, Nora is a real person with real feelings. She realizes that the ¿perfect¿ life she is living is all an illusion that they had both created so they wouldn't have to face each other with any horrible facts of their life. When Nora walks out, the illusion is shattered. Their society sees that they were not ¿perfect¿, and that they had problems. It also showed that Nora was stronger, even though she was a woman. This play is very realistic in the sense that it correctly portrays the reality of what occurs in life. People still put up artificial appearances in front of others just to fit in with the society they live in. Ibsen was widely criticized for this play because he had made public what everyone had been trying so hard to hide for so long.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am reading this play in my English class right now in highschool and I find myself to enjoy it very much. I can relate to Nora's experiences on love and in finding herself. I admire this fictional character. I recommend this book to everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the reviews others had left and I couldn't wait to start reading it. Nora completely changes. This is a very good book and I would recommend it to everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A Doll's house shocked Victorian society with a scathing indictment of patriarchal rule. Although Nora's transformation seems to come 'out of the blue', one must remember it is a three act drama (which would have made a more stunning novel). Reviews of the period were often unfavorable, as the play sought to upturn one of the principles central to Victorian society. Vivid, striking language and symbolism, along with a frank ending scene, lend this work interest and poignantcy. An excellent work for a student in search of a research topic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read A Dolls house by Henrik Ibsen. I found the book to be boring but intresting in parts. I was suprised at how it ended. I like the charters and they way the writer brought them to life. The book was too short and not direct enough to understand that was my only problem with it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first started reading the book, I thought it was going to be so boring throughout the whole book. However, I was mistaken. In the beginning it starts out like everything is so perfect. Like no one could ever ask for a better life. Nora is married to a wealthy man, and has two kids. Throughout the book, there was alot of feelings a lot of girls can relate to with their boyfriends or husbands. Although it all seemed a doll's life, it does a 360 and ends up the total oppisite of what it lead on to be. Nora didn't seem like the type to do something like that.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first started reading this book, I thought it would be another horrid summer reading book from a list thought up by the mind of a teacher whose most recent brush with the present was in 1971. Much to my delight I was mistaken. A Doll's House was slow at the beggining and Nora seemed pathetic to me, at the end i could not put the book down. I was surprised by the end, her leaving was the last thing i expected.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the play by Ibsen and was captivated. I couldn't put it down. I was immediately caught up in the web being spun by each of the characters. I believe it was set up to feel sorry for Nora in the beginning, which I did, and create the end to feel sorry for Torvald. I thought that in the end she acted like a lunatic, saying that Torvald never actually loved her. But if you carefully look at the small things he said to her, you would be able to see that he did love her in his own little way. I would definitely recommend this work by Ibsen for people of all ages to read.