An Enemy of the People

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Reviews: 5

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Sun Jul 21, 8:00pm
Sun Jul 28, 8:00pm
Sun Aug 04, 8:00pm
Sat Aug 10, 8:00pm
Fri Aug 16, 8:00pm
Sun Aug 25, 8:00pm
Sat Aug 31, 4:00pm
Sun Sep 08, 4:00pm
Sat Sep 14, 8:00pm
Sun Sep 22, 8:00pm
Sat Sep 28, 4:00pm

Theatricum Botanicum resets Henrik Ibsen's powerful play in a small town in South Carolina in the 1980s. Powerful people have difficult choices to make in Ellen Geer’s free adaptation of this classic — and extraordinarily timely — struggle between the interests of the individual and the welfare of society.

An Enemy of the People opens on Saturday, June 22 at 8 p.m. and continues through Sept. 28. Tickets range from $10 – $42; children 4 and under are free. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum is located at 1419 North Topanga Canyon Blvd. in Topanga, midway between Malibu and the San Fernando Valley. For a complete schedule of performances and to purchase tickets, call 310-455-3723 or visit www.theatricum.com. Visit Theatricum on facebook: www.facebook.com/theatricum. Follow us on twitter: @theatricum and instagram: @theatricum_botanicum.

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Reviews

"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."

sweet - Dena Burroughs - The Fume of Sighs - ...read full review


"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. "

sweet - Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes - ...read full review


"Even as the current president of the United States calls certain newspapers “an enemy of the people,” this outstanding production takes risks to reveal chilling insights into our modern political system in this timeless and always relevant play."

sweet - Annemarie Donkin - Messenger Mountain News - ...read full review


"Ellen Geer freely adapted the moral dilemma presented – but placed the account in South Carolina. To further add to the problems faced by the more contemporary characters, Ellen Geer added issues of race in the American South in 1980 – and even threw in a Ku Klux Klan meeting of the time... ...I’m sure that Ibsen would have approved of the original play’s changes, which bring some contemporary and contentious issues to the fore."

sweet - Elaine Mura - Splash Magazines - ...read full review


"The co-directors not only draw finely etched renderings from their thespians but, as is a hallmark of plays performed at this amphitheater under the stars, make exciting use of Topanga’s sylvan glade, the hills and woods surrounding its rustic boards. Geer and Marshall direct a race riot onstage with a mise-en-scène that’s exciting, just like WGTB’s battles in Shakespearean epics such as Julius Caesar and the sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat Nantucket sleigh ride in Moby Dick – Rehearsed."

sweet - Ed Rampell - Hollywood Progressive - ...read full review


"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."

sweet - Dena Burroughs - The Fume of Sighs - ...read full review


"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. "

sweet - Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes - ...read full review


"Even as the current president of the United States calls certain newspapers “an enemy of the people,” this outstanding production takes risks to reveal chilling insights into our modern political system in this timeless and always relevant play."

sweet - Annemarie Donkin - Messenger Mountain News - ...read full review


"Ellen Geer freely adapted the moral dilemma presented – but placed the account in South Carolina. To further add to the problems faced by the more contemporary characters, Ellen Geer added issues of race in the American South in 1980 – and even threw in a Ku Klux Klan meeting of the time... ...I’m sure that Ibsen would have approved of the original play’s changes, which bring some contemporary and contentious issues to the fore."

sweet - Elaine Mura - Splash Magazines - ...read full review


"The co-directors not only draw finely etched renderings from their thespians but, as is a hallmark of plays performed at this amphitheater under the stars, make exciting use of Topanga’s sylvan glade, the hills and woods surrounding its rustic boards. Geer and Marshall direct a race riot onstage with a mise-en-scène that’s exciting, just like WGTB’s battles in Shakespearean epics such as Julius Caesar and the sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat Nantucket sleigh ride in Moby Dick – Rehearsed."

sweet - Ed Rampell - Hollywood Progressive - ...read full review