Shakespeare company presents ‘A Doll’s House’

This isn’t Shakespeare but it is a gripping play with searing deception and a stunning revelation.

The Seattle Shakespeare Company is presenting Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House,” which opens Wednesday with previews.

Director Russ Banham has been a fan of the play for a long time, calling it a “terrific play of deception and suspense.”

“When we did an early reading … you could cut the air with a knife, that’s how gripping it was,” Banham said in a prepared statement.

The story line is based on a married couple, Nora Helmer and her husband, Torvald, who has just been promoted to director of a bank.

The couple seems happy enough but underlying this bliss is a secret: Years earlier, Nora forged a letter for a loan to help save her husband’s life. Torvald is not aware of this forgery.

To complicate matters, a dear friend of Nora’s arrives in town looking for work. Nora asks her husband if he can find her a job at the bank. But to do that, Torvald must fire one of the employees.

That employee is Krogstad who winds up threatening to blow the lid on Nora’s forged loan if he doesn’t get to keep his job.

According to press material about the play, Nora doesn’t think the threat will harm her marriage and that even if Torvald finds out about the forgery, his love for her means he will take the fall for what she has done.

But when the truth is finally revealed, so is another truth unveiled: The couple’s happy marriage is not what Nora believed it was.

“A Doll’s House” opens with previews at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Center Theatre at Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. Shows are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 2 p.m. on selected Saturdays and 2 and 7:30 p.m. on selected Sundays through Jan. 27.

Tickets range from $22 to $45 for adults and $22 to $30 for seniors and students. Discount tickets are available for groups of 10 or more.

Call 206-733-8222 or go to www.seattleshakespeare.org.

Herald staff

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