Fall 2012 Broadway Guide
by Whitney Spaner, 08/28/2012
Photo: Henry Leutwyler
An Enemy of the People
Famed playwright Henrik Ibsen quite literally felt like an enemy of the people when this play was first performed in 1882. His previous work, Ghosts, had been criticized for its "indecent" content, including allusions to syphilis. Instead of lying low, he picked up his pen. In An Enemy of the People, Ibsen's hero is a doctor, played in this production by solid Broadway actor Boyd Gaines, who discovers that the town spa is polluted. But when his brother, the mayor (Richard Thomas), finds out, he tells the doctor to cover it up for the sake of the local economy. Like Ibsen, the doctor refuses to alter his work and is ostracized.
Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 W. 47th St. Previews begin on September 4; opens on September 27.