The Pearl Theatre Co. presents a punchy and raw adaptation of Ibsen’s 'An Enemy of the People' from the playwright behind Broadway’s 'Blackbird,' David Harrower. More…
When Dr. Stockmann finds that the town’s tourist-friendly baths contain lethal levels of toxins, he sets out to clear the air and quickly finds his friends and neighbors poisoned against him. Ibsen's iconic parable tackles the collision of truth and politics in the public sphere.
See it if exceptional adaptation/writing! Completely accessible and relatable. Passionately though-provoking. Great actors.
Don't see it if intense, passionate discussion breaking the 4th wall make you uncomfortable. Also common place human moral frailty & greed.
See it if You enjoy shows that make you think and wonder "What would I do?" Sparked some great after theater conversation w/ friend
Don't see it if You want to see something light or mindless that doesn't make you think.
See it if You would like to experience how the Greek public felt when they voted to put Socrates to death. You enjoy long philosophical arguments.
Don't see it if You want more developed characters, more humor, and more nuance and depth rather than having the same point repeated many times.
See it if you want a primer for Ibsen's deeper, smarter, more even-handed polemic, An Enemy of the People, upon which this was based.
Don't see it if in this hot political campaign season you want to escape more agitprop & unsubtle messages about the corruption of the press & politicians.
See it if Harrower's blistering adaptation of Ibsen's play on small town corruption leaves subtlety at the door but still effective; very well staged
Don't see it if Tired of histrionic politics (real & dramatic); acting is a tad stilted esp Dr.Stockmann who becomes a belligerent mouthpiece for the author
See it if you'd like a modern adaptation that condenses the action without sacrificing the spirit with a great performance from the lead actor.
Don't see it if you like your Ibsen traditional, are not a fan of speed plotting that combines actions in a whirlwind, don't like its modern resonances
See it if You Are an Ibsen fan and like plays with only dialogue and little action. How much will you give up to defend your beliefs of what is right?
Don't see it if You like action. You fall asleep during long monologues. Your mind is made up and cannot be changed.
See it if you are a political junkie & love seeing how some things never change. Parts of this new translation, set in modern times, were fascinatin
Don't see it if you want a well directed, coherent, believable production of this marvelous play.
See it if you are interested in politics and goverment, and enjoy different and revolutionary points of view on the matter.
Don't see it if critical views of democracy offend you or you would not enjoy emotional political speeches which break the fourth wall.
See it if you want your drama pristine and unemotional. Spoken beautifully, but a bit too polarized. Deliberately aseptic stage, costumes.
Don't see it if You want some meat in there. You want color in your set, information in costumes or emotional shading in cast.
See it if Excellent translation and brilliantly acted . absorbing drama relating to today's political climate. A must see.
Don't see it if If you only enjoy light musicals.
See it if You want to hear about an issue that is relevant. You want to see powerful acting. You want to see someone who is passionate about a cause
Don't see it if You want light and fluffy. You don't want to hear about people in office hiding the truth about contaminants in the water.
See it if serious, thought-provoking dramas float your boat. Never really fades, so you're good to go on the steady, flowing dialogue. So-so acting.
Don't see it if you need a lot to keep you interested & awake. This is NOT a show to see alone. Must have conversation, dissection & digestion afterwards.
See it if You want politically-charged theater that hammers home its point about integrity, politics, and transparency.
Don't see it if You want light comedy.
See it if An attractive, sleek and contemporary Ibsen update is of interest, its progressive casting and political immediacy ironically almost too PC
Don't see it if You prefer your Ibsen straight, with more traditional casting, making less sporadic philosophical points.
See it if You have the patience to watch a guy rant and rave about the stupidity of the majority and the cowardice of politicians.
Don't see it if You want to see Ibsen done well. This is essentially an Internet comment thread presented on stage.
See it if you want to see the basic premise of the original play acted out with connections drawn to our current culture and politics.
Don't see it if you have high expectations about seeing an Ibsen play based on the original theme
See it if you like being hit over the head with a sledge hammer! No subtlety here. No nuance of character. Everyone is a "symbol"
Don't see it if you want to do your own thinking and responding to ideas and characterizations. Sophomoric and obvious, important ideas are lost in tirade
See it if You like venerable classic plays truncated and butchered. Though relevant to our current times it would resonate if it were less simplistic
Don't see it if You think the woes of the 19th century are irrelevant to current times. Ibsen's play, although polemical, deserves to be seen as written.
See it if you like Ibsen, An Enemy of the People, political plays, thoughtful and timely material that feels very relevant.
Don't see it if You're in the mood for something light and fluffy, or a musical. This is a play with some humor, but it's mostly serious.
See it if you think the original is talky and undramatic, this witty update is vivid and stimulating. A revelatory central performance.
Don't see it if You want mindless entertainment. Otherwise, any serious theatergoer shouldn't miss it.