The View From Up Here

The View From Up Here

It was an offer that, as the saying goes, I couldn’t refuse: Discounted tickets to Lucas Hnath’s “A Doll’s House, Part 2.” For 29 bucks (regular price: $39), I could see the Tony-nominated Best Play. For $58 bucks, the two of us could. Why not?

Of course, for 58 bucks you don’t get aisle seats in the Orchestra or Front Mezzanine. No, 58 bucks put us in nosebleed heaven in the Rear Mezzanine, Row G (center), and one row from the back wall. Good thing the John Golden Theatre is a beautiful, intimate house; the sight lines are excellent, the acoustics first-rate. A slam dunk.

Which is not to say I didn’t prep myself as if I were climbing to the back of beyond, equipping myself (just in case) with an infrared hearing device for the hard of hearing, distributed in Broadway houses at no additional charge. I always wanted to try one, and it worked like a charm. But it was a precaution I didn’t need. I heard everything.

And what a lot there was/is to hear about men, women, marriage, relationships and owning up to the consequences of one’s actions. It’s a meaty, fast-paced 90 minutes (no intermission). Thought provoking, intelligent—and funny, too. How could it not be with Laurie Metcalf as literature’s most famous door-slammer, Nora Helmer? She stalks the stage, mining the role for all it’s worth. Great work.

So, Tonys all around, and a play to see at any price.

Two final words: First, a message to Lucas Hnath: Bring on “A Doll’s House, Part 3.” This story ain’t over yet. Second, a word of caution to anyone going to “A Doll’s House, Part 2”: Don’t be late. Management and the producers obsess over that. “No late seating” warnings are everywhere. No one is exempt. As Page Six reported, Leonardo DiCaprio was late early in the run and shown not to his Orchestra seat, but upstairs—to the Rear Mezzanine, my part of town. Nevertheless, it is said he loved the show. As well he should have.

“A Doll’s Life, Part 2,” John Golden Theatre, 252 W. 45th St., btw Broadway & Eighth Ave., 212.239.6200,

The view from Row G, Seat 113 in the Rear Mezzanine of the John Golden Theatre. Couldn’t have been better.

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