Now in its ninth season, The Naked Stage Readers Theatre prides itself on choosing plays that appeal to lakeside audiences. Their June production is no exception.
“A Doll’s House, Part 2” was nominated for eight Tony Awards in 2017, and Laurie Metcalf (best known as Roseanne’s sister Jackie in the sitcom) won Best Actress for her performance as the infamous Nora.
Henrik Ibsen wrote “A Doll’s House” in 1879. Playwright Lucas Hnath has set the scene for his sequel 15 years after Nora left her husband and children, in the famous door-slamming final scene. But it’s not necessary to have read or seen Ibsen to enjoy this production.
In “Part 2” Nora has returned, but Hnath has propelled her, through contemporary language and characterization, into the 21st Century, condensing the original and the sequel into a complex and thought-provoking story that will leave audiences arguing right and wrong as they leave the theater. The production is directed by Lila Wells, a long-time board member of Naked Stage and frequent director and actress in the company’s productions. The cast consists of well known actor/resident Fred Koesling as the confused and misunderstood Torvald, newcomer to town Kathleen Pharis as the nursemaid who ended up running the household for Nora, young beautiful Jennifer Wisniewski as her abandoned daughter and in her first leading role, and newcomer to the stage Sharon Lowry as the now successful novelist Nora.