The tone of Rebecca Gilman's update of Ibsen is set from the get-go, when Nora (Sarah Agnew) arrives home at her impeccable pad with an outsized armload of Christmas presents. Her banker husband, Terry (Peter Christian Hansen), begins to complain, but Nora has a rejoinder: She cleaned out the store shelves, yes, but she did so at the relative bargain oasis of Target (the hometown crowd laughs knowingly). Lest we think the ditzy free-spirit Nora lives unchecked, however, we see signs of Terry's control—he sits her down and goes over every receipt, and when he leaves the room she sneaks a truffle (forbidden, in order that she not gain weight). It's as true now as it was in Ibsen's time that, in a marriage devoted to gleaming surfaces and internal pressures, something's going to give, and it does. First there's Terry's pal Pete (Matt Guidry), who gazes on Nora with more than friendly interest. Then there's old college chum Raj (Bhavesh Patel), who's in money trouble on a stem-cell start-up and who has Nora by the throat based on a loan he gave her a couple of years before. What follows is a web of blackmail and stomach-churning tension, though somehow much of the suspense stays at arm's length. The points of... More >>>