Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on May 1, 1963 · Page 13
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PAGE 14 T U C S O N D A I L Y C I T I Z E N WEDNESDAY EVENING, MAY I, 1963 Several Fine Performances Noted In UA's ^DolFs House' By MICHELINE KEATING Citizen Entertainment Editor Back in "1879 when Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll's House" was first produced, the idea of a sheltered woman leaving her husband and children and storming out into the night in a declaration of independence created something of a sensation. Nowadays a husband would have to force his wife back into the home to bring about the same kind of social upheaval. Although "A Doll's House" is considered a near-classic and doesn't show its age as much as one might suspect, the forced, contrived plot, with its scenes basted rather than tightly stitched, makes one wonder whv there is so much hand-wringing over to- 'day's playwrights. There is this young wife, named Nora, who is treated like a doll, a fragile plaything, by her self-righteous husband, whose overweari in? v a n i t y will soon outweigh his love. She forges her father's name to gain money from a loan broker in order to take her husband on a trip designed to ·restore his health. Some time later, on a Christmas Eve of all nights, Nora is threatened to be exposed because the loan broker now works in her husband's bank and is about to be fired. In the end, Nora's husband does find out about the forgery and is more concerned with his own good name than in backing up his little woman. Although the loan broker, softened by a discovery of love, returns the forged papers and all should end well, Nora prefers to desert her children rather than live with a man who wouldn't defend her. She barges out into the night, slamming the door behind her with a reverberation that once was heard around the world. One can almost feel Ibsen sitting down at his writing desk, sharpening his pen and chuckling, "By golly, this time I'll give them a proper shocker." It seemed to me that last night's in-the-round production was paced much too slowly. It is not a long play, but it seemed overly long. This may be less the fault of director Robert Burroughs, however, than the verbosity of the dialogue. There is much discussion and little action. The drama last night was sparked and lifted by several fine performances. Outstanding was Terrence O'Connor's d i g n i f i e d and understanding woman friend of Nora's. Miss O'Connor played with controlled ease, subtle depth and tremendous charm. All her scenes were warm and enduring. Michael Brody's bigoted husband was equally well drawn--so well-done, in fact, that your sympathy went to him rather than Nora in their domestic friction. Barbara Block has a certain ingratiating cuteness in her personality that was communicated to her characterization of Nora. But she played with too much flounci ness and seemed all on the surface. She made no rea ransition from the doll into a woman, leaving you feeling that her shallowness was ess the result of her husband's treatment than a qual- ty that was in herself. Ralph Steffen's loan bro- er was acceptable, but Flynn O'Malley's Dr. Rank, a family friend in love with Nora, failed to bring off the characterization suggested by the lines. Marilyn Riback's and John Roman's children were good enough to give the impression that Nora was behaving pretty stupidly in leaving them. There are enough good moments and good characterizations to make this production of a "Doll's House" worth seeing even thought it fail to ring quite true in dramatic quality. Williams Rites Are Tomorrow James Arthur Williams, 88, a native of Staples, Tex., died Monday in Pima. County Hospital after a short illness. Mr. Williams, of 307 E. District St., moved to Willcox in 1914 and organized the Willcox Saddle £ Boot Shop. 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