'A Doll's House, Part 2' at Steppenwolf offers unique twist on classic

Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre is known for cutting edge drama, and now it's letting the audience get in on the act.

"A Doll's House, Part 2," which is running through March 17, is the bitingly humorous 2019 sequel to Isben's classic.

Set in Norway, the original tells of Nora, a woman who leaves her husband and children to free herself from suffocating tradition. The new production revisits her when she returns years later.

"If you happened to have read "A Doll's House," the Ibsen original, then I think it's fun to see what happens 15 years later when she is back," said Sandra Marquez, who plays Nora.

"You don't necessarily need to know the original but the ones who do get a lot of inside jokes lot of references to the past. You can always tell when the Ibsen nerds are in the house," said Yasen Peyankov, who plays Torvold.

The play utilizes unique staging that Steppenwolf has not done before - a state of audience members. The set-up allows the audience to get up-close and personal with the actors.

Interested in making your Steppenwolf stage debut? "A Doll's House, Part 2" runs through March 17.
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