Rabe next starred in The Merchant of Venice, opposite Al Pacino as Shylock, in a performance described as a "smashing break-out". The production transferred to Broadway at the Broadhurst Theater, where it ran from October 19 to February 20, 2011. For her performance, Rabe was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play. In March 2011, Rabe was cast in the FOX drama pilot Exit Strategy in a role that would be recurring if the pilot was picked up. In July, it was confirmed that FOX had passed on the pilot. Rabe appeared again at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in a production of A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen, where she played the role of Nora Helmer.