Its hard to pull away from the vortex of coverage of Jon and Kate Gosselins incredibly shrinking bank account, but, if you can, youd see that the Gosselins marital troubles are part of a script thats been played out for ages. Its just that todays characters have changed to ones with spray tans and shameful Ed Hardy tees. If you looked back to a classic like Henrik Ibsens play A Dolls House, youd see the same formula. In this play, Ibsen holds a critical lens to 19th century marriages. Regarded as the first feminist play, A Dolls House tells the story of Nora and Torvald, whose marriage unravels after a revelation of enormous debt. Nora, trying to recoup her losses, takes odd jobs much to the chagrin of Torvald, who prefers a child-wife who will occupy her time with frivolous tasks. Like a dolls house, the relationship is built on materials that wont last past initial fascination and ends with Nora walking out. A Dolls House starts tonight at 8 p.m. at Palm Beach Drama Works (322 Banyan Blvd., West Palm Beach). Tickets range from $10 to $54. Call 561-514-4042 or visit palmbeachdramaworks.com.
Wednesdays-Sundays, 8 p.m. Starts: Oct. 16. Continues through Nov. 14, 2009