An Enemy of the People (2012) BROADWAY REVIEWS

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Opening Night:
September 27, 2012
Closing:
November 18, 2012

Theater: Samuel J. Friedman / 261 West 47th Street, New York, NY,

Synopsis: 

When Dr. Thomas Stockmann (Boyd Gaines) discovers toxic contamination in the water used at the local baths, he expects to be hailed as a hero. But since the baths are the town's main source of revenue, the community fights to silence him…and Dr. Stockmann learns that there are forces more powerful than truth. An incisive tale about the high price of free expression, An Enemy of the People makes a timely return to the New York stage in this bold new version by one of Britain's most exciting young writers, Rebecca Lenkiewicz.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF An Enemy of the People (2012)

    Thanks for the Warning. Now Shut Up.

    Charles Isherwood

    September 27, 2012: “Every single exclamation mark stays,” says the riled-up Dr. Thomas Stockmann in the new Broadway staging of “An Enemy of the People,” Ibsen’s 1882 drama about a man’s lonely battle for truth against the arrayed forces of a society bent on self-protection. “If in doubt,” he continues, “add more.”

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  • AM NEW YORK REVIEW OF An Enemy of the People (2012)

    An Enemy of the People

    Matt Windman

    September 27, 2012: Henrik Ibsen's vigorous 1882 drama "An Enemy of the People," in which a small Norwegian community is manipulated into leashing out against a lone critical voice like a rampaging mob, has been long overdue for a major revival. And it is especially relevant in an election season marked by extreme views across the political spectrum.

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  • ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY REVIEW OF An Enemy of the People (2012)

    An Enemy of the People

    Adam Markovitz

    September 27, 2012: Never mind that it takes place in 19th-century Norway. The battle between two brothers in An Enemy of the People, Henrik Ibsen's spitting-mad screed against political hypocrisy among polite small-towners, tackles more hot-button election-year issues than an average hour of MSNBC.

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  • ASSOCIATED PRESS REVIEW OF An Enemy of the People (2012)

    Great cast saves 'An Enemy of the People'

    Mark Kennedy

    September 27, 2012: You almost have to admire the devilishly intricate dilemma Henrik Ibsen creates for his hero in "An Enemy of the People." It's diabolical.

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  • BACKSTAGE REVIEW OF An Enemy of the People (2012)

    ‘An Enemy of the People’ Is a Thrilling, Topical Evening on Broadway

    Suzy Evans

    September 27, 2012: Rebecca Lenkiewicz has transformed Henrik Ibsen’s 1882 play “An Enemy of the People,” an insightful work about the cost of free expression, into a coherent, topical, and thrilling piece that pokes and prods at our own moral fiber. Expertly realized by director Doug Hughes, the production succeeds on merit instead of flashiness or celebrity—with an outstanding cast of theater veterans led by Richard Thomas and Boyd Gaines—and causes us to question just how far we are willing to go to stand up for our beliefs.

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