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Nora and Torvald Helmer, Fru Linde, Krogstad, Doctor Rank: the always adventurous Jo Strømgren recreates Henrik Ibsen’s most famous play about trust and kinship, debt and lies, envy and love with a raucous cast of Philadelphia and New York actors. Taking respectfully irreverent liberties with the script, pared down to essence and eliminating archaic language, this revels in the emotional and moral battles in their full glory—the essence of a play that will be forever contemporary.

Nora (Pernilla August) och Torvald Helmer (Per Mattsson).

Main CharactersTorvald Helmer - He is a lawyer who has been promoted to manager in the bank.

Nora (Pernilla August) och Torvald Helmer (Per Mattsson).

Torvald Helmer does indeed dominate his wife Nora like a doll. ... Torvald treats her like a child, believing her to be like one. ... Torvald eventually finds out about the loan and forgery from Krogstad's letter and flies into a rage. ... That is mainly what Torvald cares about - keeping up the appearance of perfection, including his...

Nora (Pernilla August) och Torvald Helmer (Per Mattsson).

Torvald Helmer does indeed dominate his wife Nora like a doll. ... Torvald treats her like a child, believing her to be like one. ... Torvald eventually finds out about the loan and forgery from Krogstad's letter and flies into a rage. ... That is mainly what Torvald cares about - keeping up the appearance of perfection, including his...

Doktor Rank (Erland Josephson), Nora (Pernilla August) och Torvald Helmer (Per Mattsson).
Nora is the wife of Torvald Helmer, in whose apartment the action of the play takes place. Nora first appears as a silly, selfish and spoilt woman, Torvald's "doll-child." However, we soon realize that she has strengths and depths that she has hitherto kept hidden. She has saved Torvald's life by negotiating and almost completely paying off a loan from Krogstad. The loan, which involved her forging her father's signature, enabled her to take Torvald to Italy, where he recovered. But she has never told him where the money came from, as his pride would suffer. She believes that Torvald loves her enough to take all blame upon himself, but she is mistaken. When she realizes that he is more concerned with appearances and respectability than with her happiness, she decides to leave him and find her own way in life. In Isben's, A Dolls House Nora, the protagonist is treated like a doll - the property of Torvald Helmer. ... Torvald Helmer calls her his little lark, his squirrel, provides for her every need, and enjoys her charms of person. ... This act shows her submissiveness to Torvald. ... When Nora responds by saying, "Leave me now, Torvald! ... Torvald also does not trust Nora with money, which exemplifies Torvald's treating Nora as a child. ...In the opening scene of "A Doll"s HouseaE, Ibsen strongly establishes that Torvald Helmer is the stereotypical man in the house of the time period, by Torvald"s reference to his wife with several degrading names such as: "little skylarkaE and "feather brainsaE, lowering Nora"s standing as a woman by calling her an animal as well referring to her intelligence to that of a bird. ... Krogstad"s first letter which is placed in Torvald"s letterbox near the end of Act Two gives a true account of Nora"s deepest secret, her forgery in an attempt to save Helmer"s life. As Helmer wis...Nora Helmer enters the house with a Christmas tree and other packages. ... Torvald Helmer, her husband comes out of his studio to greet his wife. ... Torvald argues that Dr. ... Helmer works. ... Helmer, Mrs. ...
Doktor Rank (Erland Josephson), Nora (Pernilla August) och Torvald Helmer (Per Mattsson).

Nora (Pernilla August) och Torvald Helmer (Per Mattsson).

In Henrik Ibsen's groundbreaking play A Doll's House, the plot revolves around a married couple - Nora and Torvald Helmer. ... When Torvald gets his promotion, she immediately wants to go out and spend money. ... Torvald is also drowning in his own narcissism. While Nora exhibits four of the five narcissistic traits, Torvald exhibits all five&#...

Doktor Rank (Erland Josephson), Nora (Pernilla August) och Torvald Helmer (Per Mattsson).

Nora (Pernilla August) och Torvald Helmer (Per Mattsson).

Despite their major male differences, Creon and Torvald Helmer address the challenge of how men and women are to live together in harmony. ... Torvald Helmer is the product of his society, one who seems to fit well in the middle-class mold. ... Nora is fully dependent on Torvald. ... Both Creon and Helmer are egotistical men, who put too much value on their position of authority. ... After Helmer's soliloquy, Nora walks out on her family to find a new life and discover herself. ...

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Torvald Helmer and Nils Krogstad

What Ibsen himself thought of the play may be irrelevant. He was a difficult person todeal with, a man who loved to shock, to confound, and to get his own way; he wascontroversial and contradictory; and he was as eager to dominate his family and friends asTorvald Helmer ever ruled Nora--only Ibsen could not always get away with it. In short, hewas as likely to give an interpretation that puzzled or shocked his listeners as he was totell the truth; and since he changed his ideas in the process of creation, what he saidlater may not reflect his original thoughts. Also, he was willing to compromise his themeby rewriting the ending (having Nora stay with her husband) in order to get the productionon the stage in Germany. An author is an artist, and it may be that the author is amongthe worst authorities to cite as to the significance of his work. In fact, Ibsen onceargued that the audience must be trusted more than the author to provide a plausibleexplanation of the significance of a work of art, saying that "the play does not endat the fall of the curtain in the fifth act. The true end lies beyond; the poet indicatesthe direction in which we may seek; it is now up to each one of us to find his or her ownway there."2