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A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen
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Jul 13, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: drama, school-reads

In college I took a class called “Great Plays.” We read at least a play a week, and watched additional video productions of plays. It was very intensive, worthwhile, but also taxing. I wouldn’t recommend anyone reading the likes of Strindberg, Ibsen, and Chekhov back to back, not for enjoyment anyway. Plays like A Doll’s House are fascinating character studies; however, they tend to take as much or more out of you than they give back. That is to say, they are emotionally draining because they are so well-crafted.

I’ve both read this play and seen an excellent professional production of it in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Ibsen creates characters who are worth caring for and worrying about. And if you can’t do that, you haven’t written a play worth watching. This play isn’t all dreary. I don’t mean to discourage anyone from reading it. It’s considered classic for good reason. And I expect to revisit it again, and to appreciate it even more.

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