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ISBN 978-0-8101-2631-2
Publication Date
March 2010
Page Count
128 pages
Trim Size
6 x 9


A Play

Nora seems to have it all: a successful husband, three adorable children, and a beautiful home in the tony Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago. But what looks like the perfect life is woefully incomplete, propped up by dark secrets and bitter betrayals. While her husband, Terry, singlemindedly climbs the career ladder, Nora’s compulsive shopping and scheming pushes her ever further from freedom and self-fulfillment. As the lies on which their life is built gradually emerge, Nora comes to realize the true cost of what she thinks she has always wanted. From Ibsen’s masterpiece A Doll’s House, award-winning playwright Rebecca Gilman crafts a bold and insightful update. This contemporary adaptation brings Ibsen’s classic into our century with a sharp eye for social satire and moments of dark comedy coupled with powerful human drama.

About the Author

Rebecca Gilman’s most recent play, The Crowd You’re In With, was published by Northwestern in 2009. Her other plays include Spinning into Butter, Boy Gets Girl, Blue Surge, and The Sweetest Swing in Baseball. Her plays have been produced at the Goodman Theatre, the Royal Court Theatre, Lincoln Center Theater, Joseph Papp’s Public Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, and Manhattan Class Company. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, among other honors and awards, and her play The Glory of Living was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2001. Gilman is an assistant professor of playwriting and screenwriting in the MFA in Writing for the Screen and Stage program at Northwestern University.


“Savvy, droll and deliciously caustic.” —Variety

"A warning: Dollhouse is the kind of play that could cause of difference of opinion with your significant other. Its message strongly resonates in today's society." 

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