A friend invited me to a performance of “A Doll’s House, Part 2” last night at The Summit Playhouse, in Summit, NJ. Despite living in this general area of NJ for almost 17 years, and despite the fact that Summit is only 20 miles away, I had somehow never found a reason to get there for a performance before last night! As you can see from the pictures below, it’s a small, quaint building and a very intimate setting for live theatre.
I enjoyed the performance thoroughly – and while I wasn’t familiar with the story, I learned that it’s a play written by Lucas Hnath in 2017, which picks up the story after the conclusion of Henrik Ibsen’s original play titled “A Doll’s House.” Ibsen’s story was set in a Norwegian town circa 1879 and describes the decision of a woman to leave her husband and children. Hnath’s “Part 2” tells a story of the same characters as the woman comes back home fifteen years later.
The small scale of the theater, the intimate setting, and seeing live theater up close (and relatively inexpensively, compared to seeing theater on Broadway), made me think that it would be nice to support more community theater and get out to see more shows. In addition to The Summit Playhouse, there are several other local institutions, such as the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, Luna Stage in West Orange, American Theater Group in South Orange, and Art House Productions in Jersey City, among many others. It was definitely a fun way to spend my Friday evening!