- $15 for one general-admission ticket (up to $27 value)
- Mondays (8 p.m.): February 8
- Wednesdays (8 p.m.): February 3 or 17
- Thursdays (8 p.m.): February 4, 11, or 18
- Fridays (8 p.m.): February 5, 12, or 19
- Saturdays (8 p.m.): February 6, 13, or 20
- Sundays (2:30 p.m.) February 7, 14, or 21; all Sunday dates also feature a post-show talk
A Doll’s House
Henrik Ibsen threw a monkey wrench into the societal machine when he unleashed A Doll’s House in 1897. The tale of Nora, a woman on the verge of abandoning her husband and children to embark on a life of her own, challenged 19th-century standards with its unflinching portrayal of a splintering marriage and its complete evisceration of patriarchy.
The play is nearly as timely today as it was when it debuted at the turn of the 20th century. Because of this, director Josh Johnston’s production adheres to the original. “In the workplace as well as in the home, many women are treated as second-class citizens,” he laments. “They are undermined, underpaid, and many of them are overworked.” Indeed, Johnston’s passion for the subject matter only adds to the project’s potency. Classical Theatre Company’s past experience with Ibsen works, meanwhile, adds a finishing shine: the company put together a critically-acclaimed production of Ghosts in 2010.
Classical Theatre Company
The Classical Theatre Company is the only professional organization in the Houston area that exclusively produces classical dramas all year round. The reasoning behind this choice is simple: the company makes its mission to "boldly re-envision classical drama" by breathing new life into the works of authors such as Shakespeare, Marlow, Ibsen, and Shaw.
During staged readings and full productions, CTC's artistic team always seeks inventive ways to "take old plays and give them a never-before-seen quality." But despite their conceptual changes—such as setting Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice in a Nazi concentration camp or turning Hamlet into an espionage thriller with ties to whistle-blower Edward Snowden—the company always respects the original playwrights and maintains the integrity of the original prose, often illuminating how many of those "old" plays are now more relevant than ever.