Enemy Of The People (Park Avenue Armory)
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Enemy Of The People (Park Avenue Armory)
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Enemy Of The People (Park Avenue Armory) NYC Reviews and Tickets

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(22 Reviews)
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Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious, Relevant, Intelligent

Emmy-winner Ann Dowd stars in this Ibsen classic, adapted as a solo show by Robert Icke.

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Member Reviews (22)

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909 Reviews | 924 Followers
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Relevant, Absorbing, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if Impressive setting for this 1-person, superbly acted show. Fun absorbing story. Great adaptation.

Don't see it if You sit at tables of 5 (odd when tickets are sold in pairs). And you briefly discuss and vote on what course the play will take.

884 Reviews | 1014 Followers
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Innovative, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy 1 person shows and enjoy some audience participation. Ann Dowd was excellent and the concept was new, fun and engaging.

Don't see it if You don't want to interact with other audience members. You are seated in tables of 5 and together you have to vote on the story outcomes.

1048 Reviews | 254 Followers
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Quirky, Indulgent, Great acting, Clever, Ambitious

See it if If you like one actor playing two roles. Audience participation. Very good acting and a concept play.

Don't see it if If you do not like audience participation plays. Individual tables and your say in the outcome.

546 Reviews | 1881 Followers
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Intelligent, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Well staged and thoughtful drama with audience choose-your-own adventure interactions.

Don't see it if You prefer a traditional proscenium style show.

754 Reviews | 124 Followers
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Interactive, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if you want a new experiece of a classic. The use of screens fills the immense hall while encouraging audience interaction. Its a great story.

Don't see it if you are expecting to watch a traditional multi actor performance as part of an anonymous audience.

455 Reviews | 51 Followers
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Refreshing, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if like a well-acted 1-person play. classic updated for today without being too in-the-moment. voting was interesting but not necessary

Don't see it if need a multi-character play. need to bring yourself to this production to pay attention so not for those that just want pure entertainment

402 Reviews | 86 Followers
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Relevant, Intelligent, Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a commanding performance by Ms. Dowd, interested in relevant ethical dilemmas, interested in ambitiously staged productions.

Don't see it if you don't like one-person shows, unconventional staging, or shows with a participatory aspect (discuss with your table on 2 options & vote).

371 Reviews | 70 Followers
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Great acting

See it if I mean at this point you should see everything.

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Critic Reviews (8)

The New York Times
July 10th, 2021

"That both siblings are played by Dowd is a problem, and a plus. The plus is that Dowd is an endlessly and effortlessly compelling actor, apparently unafraid of any extreme of human depravity...Because Dowd is playing both, and because she is a tiny figure on Hildegard Bechtler’s giant catwalk of a stage as it branches out amid the tables, she must push both characterizations to extremes."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
July 10th, 2021

"The gamified gimmick doesn’t quite make up for all that’s been stripped away, though it does offer the theatergoing set a chilling view of itself...Yet while Icke’s text disappointed me on two fronts (aesthetic and, though it makes me a pearl-clutcher, moral), I was still dazzled by his use of technologically complex mise-en-scène."
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The Observer
July 6th, 2021

"In essence, she’s shouting in dead space to a room of muffled ears. We hear her words, we see her image on large video screens, but her live presence is diluted through technology...If anything, the 'Our Town' via 'American Idol' shtick leaches energy and tension from the story. We slide off our headphones, confer laughingly, and vote without much seriousness."
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The Washington Post
July 1st, 2021

"It’s an illuminating exercise in both self-reflection and groupthink — and an example of how, as audiences emerge from personal hibernation, theater is seeking novel kinds of visceral engagement."
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AM New York
July 7th, 2021

"Icke’s modernized elements (including making the protagonist female, emphasizing her character flaws while making her brother more sympathetic, and working in internet rumors, limited healthcare and frustrations with democratic norms) work quite well – so much so that one would like to see him direct the show in a traditional theater with a full cast and without alienating video and audio effects and gimmicky audience participation."
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Theatermania
July 8th, 2021

"While his script is a little bit too novelistic (a downside of many solo experiences), and the material a little too expansive to be conveyed by one fearless performer, I had a great time watching the moral gray areas play out in the hands of the wealthy Upper East Siders who cheered for the supermarket workers every night until they were able to flee to Sag Harbor...Unfortunately, the deck is so stacked against Dowd that 'Enemy of the People' is a losing battle for her from start to finish."
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New York Stage Review
July 2nd, 2021

"The net effect is ultimately more gimmicky than thought-provoking. The play supposedly moves in different directions depending on how we vote, but we have to take the creators’ word for it since we only see one version...As with so many theater pieces developed during the pandemic, 'Enemy of the People' is more memorable as an experience than drama."
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New York Theater
July 3rd, 2021

That the audience members had to spend time debating choices makes this “Enemy of the People” the exact right show for this moment. This is not because we as Americans are facing some critical choices ourselves, although we are, but because, as the city and its theaters reopen, it offers an excuse and an opportunity for people who might not have seen each other for more than a year to get together in person and actually talk.
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