First produced in the early ‘80s, the play receives a near-optimum staging from director Dana Jackson at Pacific Resident Theatre. In uniformly cogent performances, a superlative cast cuts to the emotional heart of Ibsen’s masterwork.
F. Kathleen Foley – LA Times
Although the decision (by Bergman, not Jackson) to add a dramatic, pace-interrupting sex scene to the final act jars, the clarity and power of the show’s performances make this a textbook dynamic production of the tragic drama.
Paul Birchall – LA Weekly
It’s seldom that a revision of a classic carries the riveting punch of “Nora,” now getting its overdue Los Angeles debut at Pacific Resident Theatre. This stark black-box take on Ingmar Bergman’s searing 1981 reduction of Henrik Ibsen’s immortal “A Doll’s House” grabs its viewers from the outset and never lets go.
David C. Nichols – Backstage
The adaptation by Bergman, though like the original by Ibsen, is spellbinding to the very end. Driver is absolutely the perfect model for Nora in her performance.
Carol Kaufman Segal – Stagehappenings
Highlighted are the sexual politics between Nora and her husband. The quid pro quo of their relationship is all too clear. To make sure we get it, the ultimate scene begins with husband and wife naked in bed. Here’s where I wished PRT’s production had taken Bergman’s cue and stripped away the period style along with the clothing.
Anthony Byrnes – KCRW
Jackson’s perfectly lovely production is timid by contrast, although it has the virtues of a topflight ensemble (including Martha Hackett as Mrs. Linde, Scott Conte as Nils Krogstad and Bruce French as Dr. Rank) and a particularly intriguing Nora as played by Driver, an Englishwoman amidst a cast of Americans — its own kind of isolation.
Steven Leigh Morris – LA Weekly
That a 134-year-old, musty drama could become a hit is a testament to the PRT’s stellar production.
Willard Manus – Total Theater
Credit Jackson and Driver for offering a Nora who appears flighty at first. Not a woman who is aware of her role and her husband’s true priorities. Her reaction to his dismissing her is devastating. As if a trapdoor opened beneath her, sending her plummeting into the void, she crumbles, slack-jawed with incomprehension. It is a fine moment for the actress, and she carries it through to the moment Nora exits the Helmer house and female characters turned a corner–permanently.
Cristofer Gross – TheaterTimes
In this Pacific Resident Theatre production the entire cast is superb.
Morna Murphy Martell – Theatre Spoken Here
Pacific Resident Theatre
705 1/2 Venice Blvd., Venice
8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays
EXTENDED THROUGH APRIL 7, 2013
Tickets: $20-$28; (310) 822-8392
Running time: 2 hours, 10 minutes
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