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. More…
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.
"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
"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
"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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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).
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.
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.
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