A Woman at the Breaking Point

Lauren Kerstetter and Steve Connor perform in the Players Club of Swarthmore’s production of A Doll’s House.

Lauren Kerstetter and Steve Connor perform in the Players Club of Swarthmore’s production of A Doll’s House.

Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, now on stage at the Players Club of Swarthmore, resonates deeply nearly 140 years after its first performance.

On the surface, all is perfect in Nora Helmer’s world, complete with lovely home, handsome children, and a devoted spouse, Torvald. But cracks appear, and widen as a well-intentioned act turns into a terrible secret, and Nora is stressed to the breaking point by her fear of being caught. The marriage’s fundamental assumptions are overturned, hypocrisy exposed, and gender stereotypes subverted.

Deborah Braak directs a new translation of A Doll’s House by Simon Stephens. The cast includes fine actors from Philadelphia, Wilmington and Delaware County, performing on the Players Club’s main stage at 611 Fairview Road in Swarthmore.

Performances are Friday, February 17 and 24, at 8 p.m., Saturday, February 18 and 25, at 8 p.m., Sunday, February 19, at 2 p.m., with a talkback session to follow, and Thursday, February 23, at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are available by phone at (866) 811-4111, at the door, or online at pcstheater.org.

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