After Four Decades, An Enemy of the People Returns to Broadway

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Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Kathleen McNenny (left to right),  Richard Thomas and Boyd Gaines in Manhattan Theatre Club's 'An Enemy of the People.' Kathleen McNenny (left to right), Richard Thomas and Boyd Gaines in Manhattan Theatre Club's An Enemy of the People. (© Joan Marcus)

Nineteenth century Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen is a theatrical legend, but most of his plays are not that frequently produced today, with Hedda Gabler and Ghosts probably getting the most stage time in our era. 

But Manhattan Theater Club is currently reviving Ibsen’s 1882 drama An Enemy of the People. Four-time Tony winner Boyd Gaines stars alongside Richard Thomas, in a production directed by Doug Hughes that plays at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater through Nov. 11.

How does this tale of personal willpower intertwined with politics look now, some forty years after its last Broadway production? And what does Rebecca Lenkiewiz’s adaptation of the original text contribute to the experience? New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood looks in on An Enemy of the People.

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