Archive | October, 2015

Befriend this Enemy

8 Oct

Enemy_Final_webGood news for Toronto theatre-goers! Tarragon Theatre is bringing back one of their smash hits and multi Dora Award nominated shows, An Enemy of the People (read our review here). There have been a few tweaks to the casting since the 2014 production, most notably with Laura Condlln taking over the traditionally male lead role of Dr. Stockmann. Those who missed this brilliant work of social commentary the first time around are well advised to get tickets – especially with it so perfectly coinciding with and echoing aspects of the current federal election. In previews now and officially opens on the 14th. More details in the press release below.

Tarragon Theatre remounts last years’ huge critical and popular success – An Enemy of the People  – but with a decided twist. This years’ incarnation stars Laura Condlln in the role of Dr. Stockmann, originally written as a male character.

With the gender switch, key familial relationships change in this English-language rendition of Florian Borchmeyer’s and Thomas Ostermeier’s celebrated Schaubühne (Berlin) adaptation and production of the Henrik Ibsen classic.

Dr. Stockmann makes the shocking discovery that the town’s local baths are contaminated with industrial waste. But to go public with it will spell the end of the town’s prosperity. With reputations and relationships at stake, Dr. Stockmann must choose the right course of action. Censored scientists, environmental crises, the pitfalls of democracy and anarchist manifestos – An Enemy of the People is as alive now as it was in 1882.

When Tarragon presented its powerful version last season, it received critical and audience raves.

With other new cast members David Fox, Kyle Mac and Lyon Smith joining returning actors Tom Barnett, Tamara Podemski and Rick Roberts, it promises to be one of the most exciting productions of the theatre season once again.

An Enemy of the People

By Henrik Ibsen
Adapted by Florian Borchmeyer
Originally adapted for the Schaubühne (Berlin)
English translation by Maria Milisavljevic
Toronto staging by Richard Rose
Starring Tom Barnett, Laura Condlln, David Fox, Kyle Mac, Tamara Podemski, Rick Roberts and Lyon Smith
Set and Costume Design by Michelle Tracey
Lighting Design by Jason Hand
Sound Design by Thomas Ryder Payne

Opens October 14 and runs to November 1, 2015 (Previews from October 7)

Tarragon Theatre’s Mainspace, 30 Bridgman Avenue, Toronto, M5R 1X3

Tuesday-Saturday at 8pm; Saturday & Sunday at 2:30pm; Wed matinees on Oct 14, 21, 28 at 1:30pm

Tickets can be purchased by calling Tarragon Patron Services at 416.531.1827 or by visiting