Hartford Stage's upcoming production of Henrik Ibsen's most famous realist drama is titled DollHouse, a tip-off that this will not be your grandfather's, or even your father's, Nora. And indeed, the play, which will run Feb. 22-March 25, has been radically adapted by playwright Theresa Rebeck (The Butterfly Collection).
DollHouse now takes place in the present day, and though a location is never mentioned, the overall feel is Westchester County. Contemporary references to such things as Yoga and sensitivity classes pepper the script. Shelley Williams will play the lead role, who retains the name of Nora. Frank Converse plays her husband, now named Evan. Also in the cast are Christopher McCann, Gretchen Lee Krich, Andi Jackson Ali and Glenn Fleshler.
Tracy Brigden will direct. Rebeck's other works include A View of the Dome and Family of Mann.
Next up at Hartford Stage is Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie, starring Elizabeth Wilson as the domineering Southern mother Amanda Wingfield. Artistic director, Michael Wilson, will direct. Tickets are $20-$55. Hartford Stage is located at 50 Church Street. For more information, call (860) 527-5151.
—By Robert Simonson