An Enemy of the People (Wheelhouse Theater)
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An Enemy of the People (Wheelhouse Theater)

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

(40 Ratings)
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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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Show-Score Member Reviews (40)

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70 Reviews | 15 Followers
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

62 Reviews | 20 Followers
Clever, Great staging, Masterful, Exquisite, Must see

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.

116 Reviews | 18 Followers
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.

393 Reviews | 101 Followers
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

103 Reviews | 18 Followers
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense, 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. Read more

302 Reviews | 87 Followers
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

186 Reviews | 37 Followers
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

563 Reviews | 193 Followers
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.

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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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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