An Enemy of the People | Theater Wit | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 3 2011
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Price: $22-$28
After Victorian critics vilified his 1881 play, Ghosts (one called it an "open drain"), Henrik Ibsen wrote this one to show just how stupid, self-serving, and dangerous the conservative majority can be. Dr. Thomas Stockmann imagines he'll be considered a hero for discovering that his town's spring-fed water is polluted. But the local muckety-mucks--including his brother, the mayor--have already spent a fortune transforming the spring into a tourist attraction; they collude to turn public opinion violently against Stockmann and his family. It's a dystopian civics lesson for paranoids, and neither Arthur Miller's 1950 adaptation, Jason Fleece's breathless staging for Stage Left Theatre, nor a strong cast does enough to ease its strident didacticism. --Justin Hayford



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