"Calamity West is one of the best playwrights in Chicago. Or maybe the country. Or the universe." - Chicago Reader
IBSEN IS DEAD
Interrobang Theatre Project, 2014
Written by Calamity West
It's November 9, 1989 and The Berlin Wall is coming down for the entire world to see. A husband is reading of the deconstruction in the paper over a breakfast of scrambled eggs. A wife is hearing of it while shopping for couture. An old friend is watching it on a television window display on a street in Manhattan. And a doctor is sleeping right through it. Inspired by A Doll's House, THE DOLL'S HOUSE PROJECT: IBSEN IS DEAD explores and welds the genius of Henrik Ibsen and the grit of Calamity West in this world premiere play about deception, love, lies, class and gender.
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"Calamity West—an author rapidly forging a reputation for restitching classics into whole new cloth, rather like making a quilt—challenges us (in a good way)...to re-examine Ibsen's heroine in the context of our own cultural mandates. Whatever your conclusions, you're unlikely to ever see Ibsen's original ( which you might want to re-read ) in quite the same way." again.
" The play is no screed, but West doesn't hide her disdain for Nora, either, played by Jenifer Henry Starewich, whose vacant expression suggests little more than a cypher at first. But gradually you realize that blank look might just be an exercise in massive self-control, of a woman repressing everything. Because to unleash it all would ruin a perfectly superficial existence."