February 6, 2005 |
It was the door slam that sent tremors throughout Europe, and eventually America too. Four days before Christmas 1879 in the Royal Theater in Copenhagen, the first audience for "A Doll's House" watched Ibsen's Nora take her leave of husband, home and hearth. And they were shocked. Not only had they just seen a bourgeois wife do the unthinkable, they'd also borne witness to what has been called "the birth of modern drama."