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The Lady From the Sea is onstage at UMKC Theatre



Henrik Ibsen had a thing for trapped women, and in 19th-century Norway, the limits of social station left many women feeling trapped. Ibsen's access to the female psyche still feels insightful today. His 1889 play, The Lady From the Sea, remains a layered, absorbing work about relationships and yearning, one that zeroes in on an entirely different sort of woman's right to choose. This UMKC Theatre production, directed by acting professor Theodore Swetz, features graduate-level acting, production and design students, all of whom do good work — from the beautiful sets and lighting to the period costumes and the professional performances. (Some appeared recently in the Shakespeare Festival and the Fringe Festival.) The show began previews last week and opens Wednesday, October 24, for a run through Sunday.

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