Playbill Critics Circle: Review McTeer Doll's House

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Janet McTeer was the surprise victor as Best Actress in February's Olivier Awards in London, beating Diana Rigg and other great ladies of the West End stage. The production, which won several other Oliviers as well, is currently on Broadway. If you have seen the production in London or New York, please write a review.

Janet McTeer was the surprise victor as Best Actress in February's Olivier Awards in London, beating Diana Rigg and other great ladies of the West End stage. The production, which won several other Oliviers as well, is currently on Broadway. If you have seen the production in London or New York, please write a review.

What makes this revival different? How doe sit compare to other Dolls you've seen. What would Ibsen himself say about the production>

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From Fucoid:
Everything about the production was superb, every element - pace, acting, scenery, costumes, everything. And yet all four of us had to go out for a drink after the show to try and figure out why we weren't moved, why we were so emotionally detatched from the show. We just couldn't figure out why, with such a superbly realized production, why we didn't care, and why it left us totally cold. We didn't care whether Nora stayed or went. We didn't care about her husband or children. We just sat there waiting for her to leave so we could leave also! Why didn't we care? We still don't know. A bewildering experience. The anthesis of THE HEIRESS, which left us on the floor in a heap. (7/5/97)  

From Theyedder:
This is a thrilling production of A DOLL'S HOUSE, yes, but far too much is made of Janet McTeer's performance which does at times dance dangerously close to "I Love Lucy". Credit should go to Anthony Page's wonderful staging that never once short-changes Ibsen's play. In fact it is Page's story telling and the wonderful performances by the rest of the cast, particularly Jan Maxwell as Mrs. Linde, that allows McTeer's Nora to be as effective as it is. (6/24/97)

 

From MrTartuffe, NYC:
For those of you who have been starving all season for intelligent theater that is moving and challenging, go see "A Doll's House." The cast is uniformly excellent, and Janet McTeer gives a legendary performance that should not be missed. Most importantly, this production breathes life into one of Ibsen's finest plays; I feel fortunate to have seen this production. This, friends, is what theater is all about. Don't miss it. (4/9/97)

 

From J. Sweeney:
Simply put, this was one of the most thrilling evenings I've ever spent in the theatre. This revival makes the play seem as though it were written yesterday. Unfortunately, Nora's plight is still very much with us, as the production makes quite clear. The cast is outstanding and what can be said of Janet McTeer's Nora? Her performance is breathtaking--the final confrontation between Nora and Torvald left me shaking and weeping. I don't think I'll ever see a more satisfying production of Ibsen's play. (4/12/97)

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