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Enemy of the People

From 1 critic and 36 member reviews
Members say: Relevant, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, 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?



85
Daily Beast

“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 makes his story more accessible. Ibsen was most concerned with the failings of democracy but his other point is even clearer here: Politicians see facts as the enemy." Full Review


93
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Great writing

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~

90
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense

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

90
Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Resonant

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.

90
Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

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

90
Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Riveting, Indulgent

See it if You want to see incredible acting and storytelling.

Don't see it if You want a more contemporary story.

89
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

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

89
Intelligent, Masterful, Relevant, Resonant, Great ensemble acting

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

87
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

86
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing

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

85
Great acting, Must see, Relevant, Great staging

See it if you want your Ibsen refreshed.

Don't see it if you prefer your Ibsen classic.

85
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Must see, Relevant, Resonant

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

85
Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Great writing, Entertaining

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.

85
Absorbing, Ambitious, 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.

85
Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing

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.

85
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You're looking for a well staged, intense production that touches on important themes in our lives today.

Don't see it if You're looking for something light and fluffy.

Also The ensemble was WONDERFUL! It actually felt as if I was peeking in th... Read more Read less

85
Thought-provoking, Must see, Classic, 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

82
Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant, 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

82
Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

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.

80
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing

See it if you want to see one of the classics and feel cultured, plus be wowed by how our contemporary issues are reflected in Ibsen's drama.

Don't see it if you're looking for something flashier or star-studded, or if you can't stand to sit in a REALLY cold theatre.

80
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.

80
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Profound, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if See it if you want to see intelligent theatre that is related to our current political climate, or if you are a fan of Ibsen.

Don't see it if Don't see it if you are looking for a show that will distract you from politics, or if you are looking for an upbeat show.

80
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant

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.

79
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

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

79
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Entertaining

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

76
Thought-provoking, Masterful, Resonant, Excruciating, Great staging

See it if you want to be on the edge of your seat in excruciating anxiety as you see events in Norway in 1882 that are literally happening today.

Don't see it if you want a more grandiose spectacle of a production that is less eerily similar to the current political moment.


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