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  An Enemy of the People at Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum

An Enemy of the People

Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum
1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd. Topanga

Artistic Director Ellen Geer moves Henrik Ibsenís powerful play from a small town in the south of Norway to a small town in the American South. Itís 1980 and a dinner party is interrupted at the home of Dr. Stockmann, the patriarch of a multi-racial family and medical officer at a popular new tourist spa. A letter brings the bad news that the water at the spa is contaminated, threatening the health of visitors and the townís economy. Powerful people have difficult choices to make in Theatricumís adaptation of this classic ó and extraordinarily timely ó struggle of the individual versus society.

Thru - Sep 28, 2019

Price: $26-$42

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 310-455-3723

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LA Splash - Recommended

"...Still, no matter what the adversity, Stockman feels that he must stick to his guns; his faithful wife and family are almost his only supporters. But then his father-in-law issues an ultimatum which could have catastrophic results for the entire Stockman family. Truly, Dr. Stockman has become AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE. How will all this work out? You'll have to see Ellen Geer's adaptation of Ibsen's play to find out. By the way, I'm sure that Ibsen would have approved of the original play's changes, which bring some contemporary and contentious issues to the fore."
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Elaine Mura

Hollywood Progressive - Recommended

"...The play illustrates what I've long said: In America, you have freedom of speech - until the precise moment when you use your First Amendment right to advocate for an unpopular cause in public. Then you find out how free you really are in the land of the "free.""
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Ed Rampel

Showmag - Recommended

"...Leave it to Ellen Geer, Artistic Director and Doyen of Theatricum Botanicum, to succeed in making Ibsen's explosive Capitalist Conundrum relevant to our own day and time. Under her direction, it is clear that only the players have changed in almost 150 years since the play was written in the 1880s."
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Leigh Kennicott

Theatre Notes - Highly Recommended

"...With Ellen Geer vigorously adapting the Ibsen text as well as directing along with Melora Marshall, the play resonates with the concerns of today-the ever-creeping racism poking its ugly head up on a daily basis; the degradation of our planet; the careless, heedless rule of the politically corrupt. Christopher W. Jones as Doctor Stockman delivers some steamy, righteous sermons to the cast onstage, and then proceeds off the stage and up the stairs into the audience to drive his message home. We become the choir that is preached to. "
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Paul Myrvold

Theater Times - Recommended

"...It is 1972 in a South Fork, Carolina, and David Duke is in town for a Klan rally. Director Ellen Geer has freely adapted Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy of the People and taken it out of southern Norway and the result is nothing short of astonishing. The first words we hear from the company of actors who once again grace this enviably large playing area with their talent and conviction are "White Power!", and it is a cringe-worthy opening that sets us up for all that is to come. This is not a production that chooses to tiptoe around anything. This is a show that frames an important conversation we as a nation seem incapable of having around a secondary moral concern and it makes it work."
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Christine Deitner

The Fume of Sighs - Recommended

"...The dialogue is as easy to follow as its message is clear - the insistent search for the mighty dollar, the compulsion to fulfill personal interests without considering the welfare of others, and society's nerve to punish and ignore those who speak up, are all actual enemies of the people."
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Dena Burroughs

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