Mabou Mines DollHouse will return to New York, completing a 30-city world tour that began five years ago with its award-winning premiere at St. Ann’s Warehouse. With their adaptation of A Doll’s House, Obie Award Winners Lee Breuer (Best Direction) and Maude Mitchell (Best Actress) transform Ibsen’s bourgeois tragedy into high comedy with a deep bite. In the tradition of Breuer’s other deconstructed classics – Gospel at Colonus andPeter and Wendy — Mabou Mines DollHouse is on a political track that speaks not a word of politics. Breuer turns Ibsen’s mythic feminist anthem on its head by physicalizing the equation of Power and Scale. The male characters are played by actors whose heights range from 40 to 53 inches, and the women by actors almost 6 feet tall. Nothing dramatizes Ibsen’s patriarchal point more clearly than the image of these little men dominating and commanding women one and a half times their size.
Presented by St. Ann’s Warehouse in association with Piece by Piece Productions
PHOTO: RICHARD TERMINE