A Doll's House | Chopin Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 3 2015
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In Definition Theatre Company’s take on Henrik Ibsen’s protofeminist classic, adapter-director Michael Halberstam (moonlighting from his job as the artistic director of Writers Theatre) has trimmed the script to a lean 80 minutes. The play loses nothing, however, in his briskly paced, sharply acted staging. As Nora, the cosseted housewife whose husband infantilizes and underestimates her, Miriam Lee turns in a fascinatingly mercurial performance that manages to seem both bubbly and shrewd. Tyrone Phillips’s decision to play Nora’s husband, Torvald, as sweet and baffled rather than controlling lessens the impact of the play’s famous door-slamming ending. But that misstep is redeemed by an uncommonly strong supporting cast, whose energy and sense of urgency make even the usually dull expository scenes feel downright suspenseful. —Zac Thompson



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