Support Local Journalism. Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club.

Mabou Mines Dollhouse (France, 2007) 

This video rendering of Mabou Mines’ radical re-imagining of Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 proto-feminist masterpiece A Doll’s House faithfully replicates the uniqueness of director Lee Breuer’s vision — the actresses are almost six feet while the male roles are played by little people — but is primarily of interest to Ibsen scholars and fans of avant-garde theater. The exaggerated, silent-comedy-style performances (replete with Inger Stevens’ Farmer’s Daughter accents), Pee-wee’s Playhouse sets and frequent cutaway shots to an audience composed entirely of freakish-looking wooden marionettes occasionally give it the vibe of a hallucinatory David Lynch fever dream. Too bad Breuer didn’t surrender directing chores to Manoel de Oliveira, Straub-Huillet or some other cinematic visionary who understands how to film theater without making it seem like, well, theater. Cleveland Museum of Art Lecture Hall. At 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 5. HHH

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club


Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.


Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.


Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Latest in Film Capsules

More by Milan Paurich

Read the Digital Print Issue

December 1, 2021

View more issues

Most Popular

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Calendar

Staff Pick Events

  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show @ Cedar Lee Theatre

    • First Saturday of every month

© 2021 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 505-8199
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.


Website powered by Foundation