Episode #92 Jessica Chastain in A Doll's House

By Jeff Malone and Richie Grasso

Jessica Chastain A Doll's House

Jesmille Darbouze, Michael Patrick Thornton, Jessica Chastain, Arian Moayed, Okieriete Onaodowan, and Tasha Lawrence (Photo by Jeff Malone)

"But I'm no longer prepared to accept what people say and what's written in books. I must think things out for myself, and try to find my own answer." - Nora Helmer  

We saw Jessica Chastain in A Doll's House (2023) at the Hudson Theatre on 2/22/23 and were captivated by the design, acting performances, and overall direction choice.  

*Read on for our review, which will feature spoilers* + *Listen to our podcast episode, where we discuss in more detail* 

As we sat in the Theatre and watched Jessica Chastain (Nora) spin around on a turntable during the pre-show, we could only imagine where this limited set and design would take us once the show began. With direction by Jamie Llyod, new adaption by Amy Herzog, and scenic design by Soutra Gilmour, they captured the vision of what one must feel like to be a "doll" in an empty and lifeless house, just playing the part of someone else's story. One might say, "I wish they created a real doll house" or "I wish they had props," but we loved the imaginative emptiness this show embodied as it made us create our visions for Nora in this jail-like house. The performances from this small cast, Jessica Chastain, Arian Moayed, Jesmille Darbouze, Okieriete Onaodowan, Michael Patrick Thornton, and Tasha Lawrence, were all stellar. They fully sold us a complete doll-like experience. Taking this experience to the end of the production, they kept us captivated by every movement and line of the text to lead up to "the moment," which we know is the door slam, and let us tell you, this is the moment that made our jaw drop (we aren't going to tell you how they do it, go see it). All in all, we highly recommend adding this production to your list this season. Just know that your jaw, too, will be on the floor at the end.  

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A Doll's House plays until June 4, 2023. Tickets are available at: www.thehudsonbroadway.com