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Theatre review: Strong script, patchy acting in Dear Nora

Published on Jun 19, 2014 4:57 PM
 
Our Company's Dear Nora has done a gentle competent adaptation of A Doll's House. -- PHOTO: QIU HUIXIANG/OUR COMPANY LIMITED

Taking on Henrik Ibsen, one of the 19th century's most notable playwrights, is always a challenge. The power of his plays lie in their unflinching concise realism and any adaptation has to preserve that fidelity.

Our Company's Dear Nora has done a gentle competent adaptation of A Doll's House. Its version, on till Sunday at the Drama Centre, updates the story well. Unfortunately, it is stifled by lacklustre performances.

In Ibsen's original 1879 play, Nora Helmer is a mother-of-three, living the ideal life in a new house with her newly-promoted husband, Torvald.

Here, Nora Huang is a mother-to-be, taking pottery lessons and supposedly attending yoga classes after having just moved into a new flat with her financier husband, Thomas.

 
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