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Henrik Ibsen's 'An Enemy of the People' remains scarily timely and timeless

2 October 2012 3:23 PM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

A 130-year-old play might seem creaky when considering the men are in top hats, the women are in long dresses, and there is an overall stiffer manner.

But Henrik Ibsen's "An Enemy of the People," at the Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, holds up just fine in director Doug Hughes' capable hands. 

If only it weren't so timely.

The play asks important questions about free speech, environmental disasters and the rich expecting the poor to suffer an undue tax burden. Considering recent events such as the Bp disaster, Wall Street greed and the one percent, then none of it seems all that old.

In fact it's pretty timeless.

And scary. Unless those involved are armed, little is scarier than a mob. When people lose critical thinking abilities and just start chanting, when they repeat without thinking and close in on someone, anything can happen. And it is rarely good. »

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