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An Enemy of the People

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West of Lenin Fremont
April 6–21, 7:30 pm


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Recommended by Sean Nelson

You can’t go wrong with Ibsen. This 1882 play, written as a response to criticism of his previous work, Ghosts, is about the dangers of hypocrisy in the public sphere (but also about the perils of seeming like an elitist asshole, even when you’re right). A prominent doctor discovers that the water of the mineral spa is polluted and therefore dangerous, and tries to warn the town, only to be shouted down by the town’s government, the press, and the public. The resonances with the current moment are both obvious and subtle, which is to say, ask not to whom the title refers—it refers to thee. This is a testament to the elasticity of Ibsen’s narrative framework. How elastic? Well, the movie Jaws borrowed it almost exactly. And the stage version doesn’t even have a phony-ass shark to overlook.

West of Lenin

203 N 36th St, Seattle, WA 98103

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  • April 6–21, 7:30 pm