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‘Til Debt Do Us Part

It’s hard to pull away from the vortex of coverage of Jon and Kate Gosselin’s incredibly shrinking bank account, but, if you can, you’d see that the Gosselins’ marital troubles are part of a script that’s been played out for ages. It’s just that today’s characters have changed to ones with spray tans and shameful Ed Hardy tees. If you looked back to a classic like Henrik Ibsen’s play A Doll’s House, you’d see the same formula. In this play, Ibsen holds a critical lens to 19th century marriages. Regarded as the first feminist play, A Doll’s 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 doll’s house, the relationship is built on materials that won’t last past initial fascination and ends with Nora walking out. A Doll’s 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
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Terra Sullivan

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