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A Doll's House Part 2

A Doll’s House Part 2 is playing at The Golden Theatre located at 252 West 45th Street. It runs one hour thirty minutes with no intermission. The show closes on July 24, 2017.

David Zinn is the costume designer. He won a Tony Award for The Humans (2016 Scenic design), and was nominated for a Tony Award Airline Highway (2015 Costume Design), Fun Home (2015 Scenic Design) and In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play 2010 Costume Design). David was nominated for two Drama Desk Awards for In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play 2010 Costume Design) and The Flick (2013 Scenic design).

Laurie Metcalf is known for her role as Jackie Harris in Roseanne (1988-1987). Laurie is a ten time Primetime Emmy nominee. She won three consecutive ones for Roseanne (1992-1994). Laurie was nominated for three Tony Awards for Misery (2016), The Other Place (2013) and November (2008).

Chris cooper won an Academy Award for Adaptation (2003).

Jane Houdyshell won a Tony Award for The Humans (2016). She was nominated for a Tony Award for Follies (2012) and a Drama Desk Award for Well (2006).

Condola Rashad was nominated for two Tony Awards for The Trip to Bountiful (2013) and Stick Fly (2012). She was nominated for two Drama Desk Awards for The Trip to Bountiful (2013) and Ruined (2009).

The play is based on Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 play A Doll’s house.

Nora (Laurie Metcalf) has been gone for fifteen years. Everyone thinks she is dead. She left her husband Torvald (Chris Cooper) and her three children.

Anne Marie is the housekeeper. When Nora left she raised her children. She is the only one Nora trusts.

Looking at Nora and the way she is dressed you can see she is wealthy. She has made her money writing books under another name. She goes into what has happened to her since she left. A woman who read her book left her husband because of it. He is a Judge and is from the town she was from. To make things worst he was able to track her down and threated to expose her. It seems she thought she was divorced and she is not. All the things she has done in the past fifteen years can get her arrest if she was married. She would lose everything she has accomplished in those years. Anne Marie has no solutions.

Torvald comes home in the middle of the day. She confronts him on why he didn’t divorce her. When he leaves her daughter Emmy (Condola Rashad) comes in to the room. Emmy afraid if there is a scandal she will lose her fiancé

The last scene I’m not telling you anything about it. I don’t want to spoil it for you.

This is one of the best plays I have seen in a while. The cast is stellar and work well together. Laura Metcalf is remarkable in her role. Jayne Houdyshell does a banner job.

A Doll’s House Part Two is a must see play. You don’t need to know anything about The Doll’s House to enjoy this play.

Review by Rozanna Radakovich.

Photos by Annazor.

To read a candid interview with the cast, scroll down to the left for recent photos. Click on a photo, then click on back to album and finally back to gallery for this and other shows.

Bandstand

Bandstand is playing at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre located at 242 West 45th Street. It runs two hours thirty minutes with one intermission. The show was opened ended.

The show premiered at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey on October 8, 2015.

Andy Blankenbuehler is the director and choreographer. He won a Tony Award for Hamilton (2016 ) and In the Heights (2008) and was nominated for a Tony Award for Bring it On (2013) and 9 to 5 (2009). All the Tony Awards and nominations were for choreographer.

David Korins is the scenic designer. He was nominated for a Toy Award for Hamilton (2016) and a Drama Desk Award for Lombardi (2011).

Paloma Young is the costume designer. He won a Tony Award for Peter and the Starcatcher (201).

Laura Osnes was nominated for a Tony Award for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (2013), Bonnie and Clyde (2012). She was nominated for three Drama Desk Awards for The Three Penny Opera (2014), Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (2013) and Anything Goes (2011).

Beth Leavel won a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award for The Drowsy Chaperone (2006) and was nominated for a tony Award for Baby It’s You (2011).

The setting is August thru December 1945, Cleveland, Ohio and New York City.

We see soldiers in battle and life back home. A messenger brings bad news to one family.

When Donny Novitski (Corey Cott) returns home his job as a piano player is gone. There are no jobs for him. You can hear in the background when you come home things will be the same. Well they weren’t. No jobs, your life will not be the same. Some take to drinking, others cannot deal with family life.

Donny promise his friend Michael if anything would happened he would look after his wife. But he is afraid to face her. When does, Julia Trojan (Laura Osnes) is a little withdrawn. Her mother Mrs. June Adams (Beth Leavel) encourages her to talk to him.

Donny hears on the radio that there is a contest of bands that are made up of soldiers. A band from each state will be chosen to audition in New York City, the one that wins will appear in a movie. They have to make up an original song. Donny starts asking around for different soldiers who play instruments. The band is made up of Donny, piano, Johnny Simpson, drummer (Joe Carroll), Davy Zlatic, bass (Brandon J. Ellis), Jimmy Campell, saxophone (James Nathan Hopkins), Wayne Wright, trombone (Geoff Packard) and Nick Radel, trumpet ( Alex Bender).

Donny finds out Julia can sing. He asks her to join the band as lead singer. Julia writes poetry. They both turn them into songs for the band.

They win the contest in Ohio to and can go to New York City. But there is a catch, they have to pay to get there and have a place to stay. They manage to get the money to go. They win the semifinals in New York City.

What happens, well you will have to see the show.

It is a touching of men who put there life on the line and they are forgotten for what the sacrificed.

The cast does a breath taking performance. The dance routines are wonderful.

The actors in the band play their own instruments. Talk about multi-tasking. Wow hats off to all six of them. They shined.

Review by Rozanna Radakovich

Photos by Annazor.

To read a candid interview with the cast, scroll down to the left for recent photos. Click on a photo, then click on back to album and finally back to gallery for this and other shows.

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