The Theater: The Faces of Eve

Helmer: Before everything else you're a wife and a mother.

Nora: I don't believe that any longer. I believe that before everything else I'm a human being, just as much as you are—or at any rate I shall try to become one.

Nearly a century has gone by since Ibsen's A Doll's House, and Nora's challenge has not been met in the theater. Ibsen himself could have written a sequel that began with Nora slamming the door and journeying forth to mold her destiny. Ibsen never wrote that play, and no modern playwright has made...

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