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"Doll's House" and in-depth drama

Eyes300 Palm Beach Dramaworks opens its season Friday at 8 p.m. with a production of Henrik Ibsen's 1879 classic A Doll's House. Margery Lowe gets one of theater's great parts as Nora Helmer, the housewife who feels increasingly caged within her traditional marriage.  Michael St. Pierre plays her husband Torvald, and the cast also includes Nanique Gheridian, Colin Lane, Gregg Weiner, Michelle Botindari and Beverly Blanchette.

Performances of A Doll's House are at 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday (some 3 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Sunday shows).  Tickets are $44 for evenings, $42 for matinees.  The theater is at 322 Banyan Blvd. in downtown West Palm Beach.  Call 561-514-4042 or visit the company's web site for more information about a season that will also include productions of Michael Frayn's Copenhagen, David Mamet's American Buffalo and Edward Albee's Three Tall Women.

The company is also offering its third "Master Playwright Series" this season, focusing on Tennessee Williams, Mamet and Noel Coward.  The series kicks off with scenes from different Williams plays Oct. 26-27 and Nov. 2-3, and a staged reading of The Glass Menagerie Nov. 9-10 and Nov. 16-17.

Mamet's work will be explored Dec. 28-29 and Jan. 4-5, with a reading of his one-act trilogy The Old Neighborhood Jan. 11-12 and Jan. 18-19.  Scenes from Coward's plays will be read May 10-11 and May 17-18, with readings of Hay Fever May 24-25, June 1 and June 4.  Individual tickets are $15, with a $75 discount ticket available for all six presentations.  Check the web site for times and details.

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