The Kavinoky Theatre, a professional theatre on the campus of D’Youville College, continues its 39th season with the comedy A Doll’s House, Part 2.
The story follows Nora who, in the final scene of Ibsen’s classic A Doll’s House, makes the shocking decision to leave her husband and children. A door slams. The curtain falls on a stunned audience. Playwright Lucas Hnath continues Nora’s story in this intriguing play with a decidedly modern perspective. Fifteen years have passed when there’s a knock on that same door. Why is Nora back — and what will her return mean to those she left behind?
In this surprisingly funny play, Lucas Hnath’s take is not about the construct of marriage in the way of Ibsen’s classic play. It looks instead at the fallout and the choices of all four characters. He takes the burden off Nora and extends the conversation about the rules of society and constructs of gender.
Performances for this four-week engagement (Nov. 2-25) will take place on Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. The gala opening night performance will be held on Friday, Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. and includes a catered wine reception with the cast following the performance. Tickets are $45, with discounts available to seniors, students, military and groups. For tickets, call (716) 829-7668 or visit kavinokytheatre.com.