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Enemy of the People

From 36 member  reviews
Members say: Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

About the show

The Barrow Group presents a brand-new adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s drama about a scientist forced to take on his hometown after discovering an environmental catastrophe. More…

Utilizing story theater elements and a revised structure, this adaptation of the Ibsen classic centers on a fundamental question that’s as resonant now as ever: Does democracy work?

Member Reviews (36)


Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing
Avg Score

Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you're interested in current social events with a twist of early 1900's Northern European culture.

Don't see it if you don't like plays involving socioeconomic issues.

Also This play had a good combination of humor, current events, and cultura... Read more Read less

Classic, Must see, Thought-provoking, Involving, Resonantly relevant

See it if fiercely even handed presentation of ideas & emotions that speak to our times & the constant changing/ balancing of democratic principles

Don't see it if don't want 2 be confronted with 100 yr old evironmental problems that are current today & being asked 2 choose which side you come down on

Also One of my favorite plays stripped to its essentials & given a sort of ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intense

See it if You're interested in the gray areas found in politics. You enjoy turn-of-the-century plays performed conversationally.

Don't see it if You want a romantic comedy.

Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy political dramas,revivals and period pieces.The acting was good, but the doctor overacts in some parts.

Don't see it if you expect to see Ibsen's Enemy of the People. The adaptation is interesting, but it changes the play almost past recognition.

Masterful, Relevant, Intelligent, Great ensemble acting, Resonant

See it if you'd appreciate a powerfully- acted 100 year old play about issues as relevant to today's political climate as it was back in the day

Don't see it if you want mindless entertainment ; don't care to be morally, socially or politically challenged ; you're a classic play 'purist'

Also The whole ensemble was terrific but Larry Mitchell as Dr. Stockmann wa... Read more Read less

Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if Great acting except for one not particularly talented amateur (sorry) in a small but important role.Interesting staging.

Don't see it if Not sure why they changed ending in a sort of silly way.Elitist ignorant masses v. superior intellect speech met with approval from audience

Also Every play w/a political bent that I've seen lately has claimed to be ... Read more Read less

Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Intense, Resonant

See it if you read it in school, are a student of theatre history, like small intimate dramas, like shows relevant to current times.

Don't see it if You are looking for a large scale show, want something uplifting, are bothered by anachronistic language. Acting is a little too improv-like

Intense, Intelligent, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting

See it if enjoy a strong story with some great performances. Or if you're a fan of Ibsen.

Don't see it if if you have trouble following a production with a lot of characters and movement

Disappointing, Relevant, Bad acting, Resonant, Poorly adapted

See it if you like socially relevant dramas that speak to modern issues.

Don't see it if like me, you admire Ibsen's masterwork. This is "new adaptation" is exceedingly bad (it ain't broke don't fix it!) and poorly performed.

Great acting, Relevant, Slow, Resonant

See it if You are interested in a new script of an Ibsen play; you're not sick of political plays; you're interested in old plays that are relevant

Don't see it if You want something that moves quickly; you want light fare; you need fancy props or sets

Also The acting was superb, as was the use of the space. Limited set pieces... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Resonant, Intelligent

See it if Terrific play, wonderful adaptation-(didn't "update").Dignified & humble performance by lead & great cast throughout. Unfortunately relevant

Don't see it if U r easily bored or need lots of action. This is a morality tale which presents sides of equal value-challenging u to ask where you'd stand~

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if well acted, smart play about morals and family; very timely subject matter

Don't see it if you want a light fluffy piece that doesn't involve thought

Absorbing, Delightful, Relevant, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to watch a classic 1930s show that is so relevant to today's events. You want to delve into populism and its practice.

Don't see it if You don't like intense plots or you want to see something new.

Also Great adaption. Hovstad is played by a woman in this show. This versio... Read more Read less

Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Classic, Solid

See it if you enjoy a confidently quiet type of realistic acting and could benefit from having Ibsen remind you (or a friend) that facts are facts!

Don't see it if you recoil at translations that tinker with a classic by introducing new characters, adding expositional text, or changing the end.

Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You are interested in current events/politics. If you have time in the next week the last showing is 4/1/2017. Highly recommend, relatable.

Don't see it if you are expecting a musical or big production theater. Its a great show.

Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if Want to see a revival of a play that although written in the 1800's still very relevant

Don't see it if Don't want to see a play that is anti govt and very trumpish

Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy plays without much action that rely on debate and complex issues. Are interested in questions of fact and government.

Don't see it if you are not interested in politics or require spectacle to be entertained.

Ambitious, Relevant

See it if you enjoy smart adaptations and shows with politically resonant overtones. Great use of the Barrow's space.

Don't see it if the idea of changing the work of the father of modern drama makes you feel faint.

Great acting, Ambitious, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You like Ibsen, especially when executed by a company of artists who really know what they're doing.

Don't see it if You're looking for a simple piece done by simple people simply to do something for the heck of it.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You like a play that makes you wonder what you would do in a particular situation

Don't see it if you only like light, happy plots

Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Not entirely satisfying

See it if you like Ibsen and want to see a good play, for the most part very well acted. The words are very resonant and relevant to today's politics.

Don't see it if you find it off putting to see adaptations that feel the need to explain self-explanatory things.

Also it's Ibsen mansplained... the connective explanations between scenes a... Read more Read less

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if If you love plays that display true complexities w/in human interactions and w/in political issues being resolved

Don't see it if If you like a light, happy play

Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if you haven't seen a production of Ibsen's An Enemy of the People

Don't see it if you don't want to sit through 2 hours of a show where only a few scenes are engaging

Absorbing, Must see, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy intimate productions, artistic reflections of our current political climate, shows that really make you think.

Don't see it if you want to go to the theatre simply to escape the problems of the world, you don't like conversational pieces, you prefer big theatrics.

Also While not a complete picture of perfection, this rendition of "Enemy o... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Absorbing, Clever, Edgy, Intelligent

See it if You want to see a new, masterful translation of this important play. It plays so well to this current time.

Don't see it if You do not like plays about social issues or those with slow action.

March 15th, 2017
“The streamlined production is done in period costume but feels thoroughly modern as it brilliantly shows how a simple truth can become twisted and distorted…This fast-moving adaptation could be called Ibsen lite—same themes, less filler. It loses some of the richness of Ibsen’s language but make...
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