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An Enemy of the People (Wheelhouse Theater)

Members say: Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing, Great staging
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Critics
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3 reviews
Members
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38 reviews
 

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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When Dr. Thomas Stockmann realizes that the water supply to his town's major tourist attraction, the baths, is poisoned with dangerous bacteria, he is eager to share the news with his brother Peter, the mayor. But instead of being hailed as a hero, his scientific discovery is met with resistance from his sibling and most of the residents.

 

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Reviews (41)

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82
Avg Score

85
DC Metro Theater Arts

"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." Full Review

85
Stage Buddy

"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." Full Review

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The Reviews Hub

"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." Full Review

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90
Clever, Profound, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You like Ibsen, especially on a contemporary, stylish, stage

Don't see it if You don't like modern staging of older works.

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

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.

85
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great writing, 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, Intelligent, Refreshing, Relevant, Inspired

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.

Also Were Ibsen alive today, this is the version of The Enemy of the People... Read more Read less

87
Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging

See it if you care about current events & like nuanced politics thoughtfully reflected in a classic, cleverly-mounted play (some things never change).

Don't see it if you don't like plays with strong messages about the immutability of human nature, or if you prefer your politics lighter or more humorous.

Also There's a twist at the end that feels a little forced, but that's Ibse... Read more Read less

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

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.

Also This year has brought a resurgence of classic plays staged to reflect ... Read more Read less

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

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

75
Intelligent, Intense, Relevant, Resonant, Entertaining

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

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.

100
Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Profound, Relevant

See it if wish everyone had seen this so relevant for today

Don't see it if if not interested in political and social commentary

82
Edgy, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant

See it if You want something thought provoking, enjoy clever user of small space, don't want to see a comedy or a musical

Don't see it if You want mindless entertainment, expect huge productions and staging, if you don't like serious content

70
Ambitious, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if Ambitious experiment adapting Ibsen to relate to contemporary politics. Minimal staging, strong acting, message confusing at times.

Don't see it if Not for viewers who are only interested in an entertaining evening, this play can be intense and thought provoking.

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

75
Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if New takes on a classic, thought-provoking shows.

Don't see it if You're more of a traditionalist when it comes to classical Ibsen.

51
Banal, Cliched, Overrated, Slow, Dated

See it if You enjoy Intimate setting; clever staging devices and historic but dated theater pieces.

Don't see it if You enjoy nuanced character development by author and/or performances.

79
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining, Timely, Compelling acting

See it if A 19th century play reflecting current politics interests U. Profit vs the common good is a timeless dilemma. Solid acting-clever staging.

Don't see it if Polemical plays bore you. The play is not about unique character and the plot is predictable. If you want a lavish production, this isn't it

100
Clever, Exquisite, Masterful, Must see, Great staging

See it if A clever, absorbing performance with brilliant direction, staging and acting. A modern take on a classic makes you want to see it again.

Don't see it if looking for a more traditional slower paced performance. Nothing traditional here.

75
Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if You like shows that are meaningful to our current culture as a whole. Very inciteful.

Don't see it if You don't like intimate theatre, don't like plays or don't like politically-based material.

82
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Riveting, Great staging

See it if You enjoy thought-provoking theater with themes and subtext relevant to today's political and economic climates.

Don't see it if You want big sets and fancy costuming, or if you are looking for something light-hearted and fluffy.

Also Show is 95 minutes, no intermission. Theater is very, very warm. Wear ... Read more Read less

69
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Disappointing

See it if You are interested in classic plays that continue to have relevant social and political themes.

Don't see it if You don't like overly didactic or purposive drama or uneven acting ( the lead, Dr. Stockmann, was passionate; others were very stiff).

83
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant

See it if Wheelhouse continues to deliver on its mission -- 95 minute energetic performance by talented young actors in an intimate black box.

Don't see it if you want a full 3 hour broadway epic revival with extravagant sets and well appointed restroom facilities.

Also Jeff Wise and co. have streamlined this Ibsen classic as a relevant an... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Intense, Relevant, Resonant, Great writing

See it if you enjoy intense drama and thought-provoking political themes.

Don't see it if you don't like intense plays. In the latter part of this play, the actors are screaming at each other in a small theater and it's intense.

Also Kudos to David Kenner for a masterful performance as Mayor Peter Stock... Read more Read less

45
Ambitious, Dizzying, Relevant, Indulgent, Fluffy

See it if Some of the acting is good, mostly from the leading man.

Don't see it if I felt beat over the head with preachy unrealistic dialogue. By the end I couldn't relate to anyone. The production had a few holes.

100
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You like good solid acting/directing that deals with relevant subject matter by one of the great playwrights and that gets you out in 90mins

Don't see it if If you don't enjoy subject matter that makes you think.

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Play

See it if it's all about politics. it's a great play to see the flaws of each individual with their personal interests.

Don't see it if NA