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In this self-consciously contemporary adaptation of the protofeminist 1879 classic, Rebecca Gilman offers Ibsen by way of Ann Beattie: the script is peppered with references to phenomena like Enron, Vicodin addiction, and stem-cell research. But Gilman never makes a convincing case that her Nora, a Lincoln Park trophy wife who somehow doesn't have her own ATM card, could actually exist today. Elizabeth Rich as Nora's smart single friend and Lance Stuart Baker as her husband's chronically ill pal deliver stunning performances rich with nuance. But neither Maggie Siff as the protagonist nor Anthony Starke as her driven banker husband find much beneath the surface of their hypermaterialism, making it impossible to care about them, and the ending is stupendously wrongheaded. Ultimately this Robert Falls staging, with its lush set by Robert Brill, is itself an example of the empty excess Gilman is critiquing. Through 7/24: Wed 7:30 PM, Thu 2 and 7:30 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 2 and 8 PM, Sun 2 and 7:30 PM. Tue 7/12, 7:30 PM. Sat 7/2, 8 PM only. Sun 7/3 and 7/17, 2 PM only. Thu 7/21, 7:30 PM only. Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn, 312-443-3800 (TTY 312-443-3829). $20-$60.


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