An Enemy of the People
When Dr. Thomas Stockmann discovers toxic contamination in the water used at the local baths, he expects to be hailed as a hero. But since the baths are the town’s main source of revenue, the community fights to silence him… and Dr. Stockmann learns that there are forces more powerful than truth. An incisive tale about the high price of free expression. The pillar of a small Norwegian community discovers that the local spa is polluted. After publishing the information, he finds that his neighbors are furious with him for tarnishing the town's main source of income. Should he retract and save his skin? Or hold to the truth and save his self-respect?Average Rating: based on 2 votes
Show Category: Drama
|Opening:||Sep 4, 2012|
|Closing:||Nov 18, 2012|
Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
261 West 47th Street
New York, NY
Between 7th and 8th Ave.
An Enemy of the People was an enjoyable and thought-provoking Broadway play. They present a seemingly simple situation - a scientist has discovered that the tourist baths in the community are poisoning the visitors, and he has a plan to fix them. The play then presents all the nuanced views and political intricacies that are used to discredit the scientist.
Although the first 15-20 minutes of the play are a bit slow and confusing, the story soon picks up. The dialog is intelligent and the subject matter forces you to think about what tradeoffs and compromises are appropriate to make. The show lasted about 125 minutes, including one 15 minute intermission.
An Enemy of the People was a thought provoking play about integrity and political manipulation. It shows one man's struggle between sticking to his beliefs and saving his family from poverty and humiliation. It makes you think about how far you would go for something you believe in. The play also showed a great example of how politicians can manipulate the public. The play was a little bit slow at times, and quite intense at other times. Although it took place sometime in the past, it was very similar to many examples that occur today.
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