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  An Enemy of the People at Theater Wit

An Enemy of the People

Theater Wit
1229 W Belmont Ave Chicago

What happens when one man's quest to do right is at odds with the best interests of his community? Can reason and science win out over rumor and fear? Arthur Miller asks these timeless questions in his powerful adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's classic, An Enemy of the People. When Dr. Stockmann makes a literally poisonous discovery, his brother, the Mayor, begins a war of innuendo and half-truths that threatens to tear their family—and their community—apart.

Presented by Stage Left Theatre

Thru - Apr 3, 2011

Thursdays: 7:30pm
Fridays: 7:30pm
Saturdays: 7:30pm
Sundays: 2:30pm

Price: $22-$28

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 773-975-8150

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Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...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."
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Justin Hayford

ChicagoCritic - Recommended

"...Director Jason Fleece smartly builds the dramatic tension as the stakes grow higher and the movement from intimidation to bribery affects Doctor Stockmann’s actions. William J. Watt gives a tour de force performance as the determined righteous doctor.  Witt’s emotional range moves from optimism to rage as his faith in humanity becomes questioned as most of the town turns against him. Cory Krebsbach was chillingly effective as the powerful town mayor.  An Enemy of the People is a riveting theatrical experience that reminds us that sometimes it only takes one lone voice to makes social or political change despite the whims of the majority. William J. Witt’s performance alone makes this play worth seeing."
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Tom Williams

Chicago Stage Standard - Highly Recommended

"...An Enemy of the People raises so many thoughts and arguments about fiscal responsibility and the democratic process, one might think it had just been ripped from today's headlines. That is truly a signature of timely and timeless theatre, and Stage Left has given us a great account of it. Liberated from its former longtime space several blocks north, the company can now enjoy the accommodating amenities of its shared space at Theater Wit. Indeed, this riveting large cast production would have been a complete impossibility in the old digs. And with three theatres in full force and four more spaces at the neighboring Stage 773, it is clear this is the hot Off Loop hub of the moment."

Joe Stead

Chicago Theater Beat - Somewhat Recommended

"...Back in the day, An Enemy of the People must have raged a war on authority. Today, Americans are continually in conflict with leaders. The evolution of thought to modern times makes the content less profound. This production is somewhere between an enemy and a friend of the people."

Katy Walsh

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