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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Friday To-Do: 'Enemy of the People'

Posted By on Thu, Oct 4, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Tony Spicer, left, and Byron Taylor star in The Weekend Theaters Enemy of the People.
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  • Tony Spicer, left, and Byron Taylor star in The Weekend Theater's "Enemy of the People."

7:30 p.m. The Weekend Theater. $12-$16.

While The Weekend Theater's current show, "Enemy of the People," is an adaptation Arthur Miller wrote in the '50s of an 1882 Ibsen play, its core message couldn't be timelier.

The story concerns a small town in Norway, blessed with healing mineral springs that the townsfolk are seeking to parlay into a lucrative tourist destination via a recently constructed spa. The play's protagonist, Dr. Stockmann, discovers that factory runoff has fouled the waters and begins warning people. Instead of believing him, the town turns on him, branding him a liar who wants to ruin them. He's smeared in the local press and eventually has to circle the wagons against an encroaching mob.

There are a number of parallels one can draw with the current political climate, the Citizens United decision, global warming, a certain openly biased cable news network and so forth.

The show runs Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. through Oct. 20.

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