An Enemy of the People (Wheelhouse Theater)
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An Enemy of the People (Wheelhouse Theater)
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An Enemy of the People (Wheelhouse Theater) NYC Reviews and Tickets

79%
(39 Reviews)
Positive
85%
Mixed
13%
Negative
2%
Members say
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent

About the Show

Wheelhouse Theater Company presents a streamlined mounting of Ibsen's classic meditation on the democratic system, the tyranny of the majority, and the poisoning nature of bureaucracy and economic self-interest.

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Member Reviews (39)

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

See it if You want a revisal of a classic play that's still relevant today. You like new interpretations of classic plays.

Don't see it if You want Ibsen's play in its original, uncut version. You prefer more contemporary plays.

82
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a modern version of a totally relevant Ibsen play about politics, and one man''s crusade to "do the right thing".

Don't see it if You dislike modern staging of classic plays. You are tired of any type political plays. Read more

75
Intelligent, Entertaining, Relevant, Resonant, Intense

See it if you are an Ibsen fan and want to see an updated version of this classic.

Don't see it if political haranguing and rhetoric don't keep you interested.

85
Great writing, Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you appreciate complex relationships and character development of Henrik Ibsen drama, timeless dramatic political activism, intense emotions

Don't see it if you cannot sit 95 minutes, resent activism by educated, affluent, liberal "elites," vote for personal economics, or deny inconvenient truths

88
Ambitious, Inspired, Refreshing, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if You're up for a wonderfully cast, well conceived, sharply directed & designed production that strips this timely play to its essence.

Don't see it if You prefer your theatre issue-free, thought-free and apolitical, or just really need to be entertained in these turbulent days. Read more

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like Ibsen, Enemy of the People, classic theater, great acting in an intimate production

Don't see it if you don't like small productions or Ibsen

83
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you like classics that are still relevant today performed by a great cast in 90 minutes with no intermission - up close and personal.

Don't see it if you would prefer light theater that provides an escape from todays politics or you can't sit that long without intermission.

70
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Innovative

See it if You like the classics and don't mind a modernized, succinct version with solid acting & innovative staging in a small (too warm) space.

Don't see it if -You like Ibsen unabridged & w/ more stage elements -Actors yelling for emphasis bothers you. -You don't want reminders of today's politics

Critic Reviews (3)

Stage Buddy
June 16th, 2017

"Wheelhouse Theatre Company’s excellent take on Ibsen’s play continues the talented company’s reputation for their willingness to grapple with bold themes to create a vibrant work of art....The cast works seamlessly together finding the pith and core of this great play...This prescient work continues to resonate with its audience for days after the performance. A thoughtful and timely piece, well acted, well directed, and at 90 minutes, an evening well spent."
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DC Metro Theater Arts
June 16th, 2017

"A concise razor-sharp adaptation...Directed with insight and precision by Wise, Wheelhouse’s inventive version is fast-paced and focused...Schantz turns in a powerhouse performance as Dr. Stockmann...Under Wise’s astute directorial vision, Wheelhouse Theater Company’s production of 'An Enemy of the People' delivers Ibsen’s message with a balance of wit and weight and affirms its contemporary relevance...This is a show to see and a director and company to watch."
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T
June 24th, 2017

"This production cuts out several lesser characters. This choice works for the most part, but eliminating the character of Katherine’s father creates some confusion...The acting in the play is solid throughout. Every member of the cast does a fine job of shifting from set piece to character seamlessly as they enter a scene...While the production isn’t perfect, it is relevant and timely without being dictatorial...This production is worth making time to see."
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