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BWW Reviews: NORA at Delaware Theatre Company


As the country braces for the possibility of its first female president next year, Delaware Theatre Company's latest production of Ingmar Bergman's NORA is as timely as ever. Adapted from Henrik Ibsen's A DOLL'S HOUSE, NORA streamlines the story of Nora Helmer, her traditional husband Torvold Helmer, the Helmer's oldest family friend Dr. Rank, Nora's childhood friend Mrs. Linde, and the mysterious Krogstad.

At first glance, Kim Carson's Nora is the perfectly joyful housewife whose subtle narcissism bubbles up every so often. Carson beautifully captures every nuance of Nora's vulnerability as she tries to navigate her male-dominated existence and the secrets she is desperately trying to keep hidden.

Berman's adaptation moves briskly through the various twists and turns of Nora's journey, even though his addition of a few modern day colloquialisms are jarring against the classical text. Director Michael Mastro's intimate staging is masterful as the cast enters and exits the stage amist a collection of doll houses lining the stage.

Surrounding Carson is a first-rate cast featuring the charming David Arrow as Torvold, the perfectly understated Chris Thorn as Krogstad, the effecting Susan Riley Stevens as Mrs. Linde, and the scene-stealing Kevin Bergen as Dr. Rank. Featuring only five characters allows for a more in-depth discovery of each individual's motives, fears, and ideologies.

With a 90-minute running time, NORA cuts right to the chase. It has something to say about the female experience, and it is fearless in its execution. By its conclusion, the only thing left for the audience to do is question how far has society truly evolved. If November 2016 produces our first female president, will that be the final glass ceiling to break? Or are there more to be shattered? Thanks to the Delaware Theatre Company, those conversations are being had after each performance, and you should not miss the opportunity to take part.

NORA is playing through February 22, 2015. Performances are Wednesday, February 18 at 2pm; Thursday, February 19 at 7pm; Friday, February 20 at 8pm; Saturday, February 21 at 2pm and 8pm; and Sunday, February 22 at 2pm. For tickets, visit or call 302-594-1107.

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Mark Brainard was born and raised in Delaware and is a 2010 graduate of the University of Delaware. An amateur (very amateur) thespian in his (read more...)