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    Dollhouse

    To mark the fifth anniversary of its premiere at St Ann’s Warehouse, Mabou Mines’ "DollHouse" triumphantly returns to the venue following a long world tour.

    Based on Ibsen’s "A Doll’s House," Mabou Mines’ production transforms bourgeois tragedy into high comedy of operatic proportions with deep political and emotional bite. "DollHouse" is a standout work in writer/director Lee Breuer’s celebrated career of reinventing classics with such masterpieces as Peter and Wendy, the Gospel at Colonus and the gender-reversed Lear.

    Breuer turns Ibsen’s mythic feminist “anthem” on its head by physicalizing the equation of power and scale. The male characters are played by actors whose heights range from 3’4” to 4’5”, while the female characters are played by actors nearly 6’ tall. They perform on a dollhouse set with child-sized furniture. Eve Beglarian's score, a collage of Edvard Grieg's piano works and original classical opera, accompanies each scene silent movie-like, while Martha Clarke’s choreography further deconstructs the melodrama’s posturing into dance.

    In the five years since its premiere at St. Ann’s Warehouse, Mabou Mines’ "DollHouse" has earned rave reviews all over the world. In a five-star review, London’s The Times said, “Ibsen will never be the same. Would that all classics could be so searchingly but lovingly re-examined.” Le Monde called the show “one of those moments for which one searches, night after night, and which one will not forget for a long time;” The Chicago Tribune agreed that he production is “absolutely not to be missed;” and The New York Times said, “The whole experience is so fascinating, thrilling here, confounding there that it must be seen.”

    Dates:  Feb. 12, 2009 - March 9, 2009
    Schedule:  Tues — Sat at 8pm. Sunday at 4pm.
    Venue:  St. Ann's Warehouse, 38 Water St., DUMBO, Brooklyn
    Price:  $35
    Company:  Mabou Mines
    Tickets/info:  (718) 254-8779


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