The Lucas Hnath play earned original star Laurie Metcalf a Tony Award.
A Doll's House, Part 2, in which Ibsen's Nora returns home 25 years after slamming the door on her old married life, plays its final performance on Broadway September 24. The production had initially been extended through January 7, 2018, following its original 16-week engagement.
Follosing the final Sunday matinee,, the Lucas Hnath comedy will have played 30 previews and 173 regular performances at the Golden Theatre.
The Ibsen follow-up, directed by Sam Gold, opened April 27 starring Laurie Metcalf, Jayne Houdyshell, Chris Cooper, and Condola Rashad. All four performers were nominated for Tony Awards, with Metcalf winning Best Actress in a Play in June. The play itself was nominated for a total of eight Tonys—more than any other in the 2016–2017 season.
The Events Research Program was established to identify and track protocols that would help theatres and more venues safely welcome back audiences. Its findings have yet to reach producers and theatre operators.
Gardner McKay, an actor plucked from obscurity to star in TV's "Adventures in Paradise," but who later became distinguished as the author of one of regional theatre's most popular plays, Sea Marks, died in Honolulu Nov. 21 after a battle with prostate cancer.