• Jacqueline Taucar deposited Playing (with) Gestic Dolls in Mabou Mines DollHouse in the group Group logo of Feminist HumanitiesFeminist Humanities on Humanities Commons 6 years, 11 months ago

    This article examines the gender discourses at play in Lee Breuer and Maude Mitchell’s production “Mabou Mines DollHouse,” which re-imagines Henrik Ibsen’s play “A Doll House” as a literal dollhouse. By casting the male roles with little people (no more than four feet tall) opposite women (who stand at close to six feet tall), Breuer inverts the scale-to-power ratio, illustrating the absurdity of the power imbalance between the tiny men and the women who tower over them. Employing Brechtian theatre techniques, Mabou Mines DollHouse performatively critiques the symbolic and formative function of the doll to shape and structure contemporary social constructions of women in patriarchal society.