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Vol. 36/37, 2016

Ibsen in America: Lanesboro, MN, and Flint, MI
Editor'S Note: Please contact me if there is a professional Ibsen production that you would like to review (joan.templeton8@gmail.com).This issue of Ibsen News and Comment celebrates the Commonweal Theatre's Ibsen Festival, the fullest homage to Ibsen...
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Survey of Articles on Ibsen: 2015, 2016
Editor S Note: This survey reviews articles in English on Ibsen in refereed journals; edited conference proceedings may also be reviewed or noted. The following abbreviations are used: EJSS (European Journal of Scandinavian Studies); IS (Ibsen Studies),...
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Done. and Quite Well: When We Dead Awaken
Commonweal Theatre, April 14 - June 17, 2017This year marks the last of the Commonweal's twenty consecutive Ibsen Festivals. It has been a remarkable journey through the author's dramatic canon by this small but stalwart company in rural Minnesota-a...
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Une Maison De Poupée
Paris, Lucernaire, December 7, 2016-March 12, 2017Avignon, Off Festival, ThéâtI e de l'Oulle, July 7-30, 2017This very popular revival was the brainchild of director and actor Philippe Person, the Lucernaire's artistic director from 2009 to 2015 and...
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A Doll's House
A Doll's House, adapted by ThorntonWilderPerformed in tandem with The Father, adapted by David GreigTheatre for a New AudienceBrooklyn, Polansky Shakespeare Center, May 22-June 12, 2016Over the years, the Theatre for a New Audience, founded by Artistic...
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Bluebeard's Dollhouse
Combustible CompanyJames J. Hill House, Saint Paul, Minnesota, October, 2016Editor's Note: The author of this account, William Banks, served as dramaturg for the production.Among the more encouraging developments of our troubled new century has been...
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Twenty Years of Ibsen: The Commonweal's Ibsen Festival, 1998-2017
Editor 's Note: Another form of this essay appeared in the Fall, 2017 issue of Scandinavian Review, the magazine of the American-Scandinavian Foundation.The greatest homage to Ibsen in United States theatrical history came to an end when, after twenty...
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A Doll's House Part 2
By Lucas HnathJohn Golden Theatre, Broadway, April 27-September 24, 2017Editor S Note: This review is based on the original cast; on July 23, 2017, three of the four roles were recast: Julie White replaced Laurie Metcalfe as Nora, Stephen McKinley Henderson...
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Vol. 35, 2015

A Last English Premiere, Regie-Theater Ibsen, Minimalist Ibsen
My heartfelt thanks go to the eight contributors to this issue who have allowed us to present Ibsen on stage at a wide variety of theatres and festivals: the Abbey in Dublin, the Almeida in London, the Canadian Stage in Toronto, the Commonweal in Lanesboro,...
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Nothing to Hide? A Media-Saturated Enemy of the People
Zürich SchauspielhausSeptember 10-December 14, 2015This production of Ibsen's Ein Volksfeind (An Enemy of the People) could not have landed in a more resonant reception context than the international rise of populist movements in Europe and the U.S....
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John Gabriel Borkman Reconceived in Germany
Hamburg Statstheater, Theatretreffen, Berlin, May 6-22, 2015Vienna Festwochen, May 28-June 20, 2015Ibsen remains one of the classic authors most regularly revived on the German stage, although often in a form that comes close to unrecognizable by AngloSaxon...
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The English Premiere of the Feast at Solhaug
Ottisdotter ProductionsBarons Court Theatre, London, April, 2015The Feast at Solhaug, a verse drama typical of Ibsen's early period in its reliance its reliance on traditional, damnably complex plots, has been waiting since its 1856 production in Bergen,...
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The Master Builder
Berlin, Volksbühne am Rosa Luxemborg PlatzIn Repertory, 2015-16Frank Castorf, the Artistic Director of the Volksbühne, has the reputation of being one of the most daring and radical directors of the twentieth century. Among Castorf's earliest efforts...
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The Master Builder
Ibsen Fest, The Commonweal Theatre, Lanesboro, MinnesotaApril 16 - June 13, 2015When I attended The Master Builder at The Commonweal Theatre in Lanesboro in early June, it was after a three-hour drive in steady rain. The lush and hilly landscape of southeastern...
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Little Eyolf
Almeida Theatre, LondonNovember 19, 2015-January 9, 2016Compared to his earlier plays, Little Eyolf is a script that Ibsen himself "stripped down" in some respects. Certainly that term applies to Richard Eyre's production at the Almeida, which I saw...
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Hedda Gabler
The Abbey Theatre, DublinApril 10-May 16, 2015A wife, a muse, a coward, a heretic: so reads the Abbey Theatre's description of Ibsen's eponymous heroine on the promotional material for their production of Hedda Gabler. This depiction is then qualified...
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Hedda Gabler
A Necessary Angel production in association with Canadian Stage Toronto, Berkeley Street Theatre, January 12-February 7, 2016The 2016 production ofHedda Gabler in Toronto gained attention for a couple of reasons. Its hosting institution, Canadian Stage,...
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The Lady from the Sea
The Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the Lake, Ontario April 30-September 13, 2015A fully realized cliff dominates the set of this production, all the more remarkable because the theatre, the Court House, is a small, intimate space. A "Prologue Song," from...
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Survey of Articles on Ibsen, 2014
Dean Krouk's engaging "Forest Fictions: Thomas Bernhard's Holzfällen [Woodcutters] and Henrik Ibsen's Vildanden [The Wild Duck]" (1), in SS, is a brilliant comparative study of two complex modernist texts-Bernhard's "venomous roman à clef" as Krouk aptly...
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Vol. 34, 2014

Editor's Column
N.B.: If there is a professional Ibsen production that you would like to review, or if you have any Ibsen news from your area, please let me know.Get. Ibsen. Fast.My title comes from William Grimes' column "Get. Arts. Fast" in the March 21, 2014 New...
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Ghosts
Almeida Theatre, London, September 26 - November November 23, 2013Trafalgar Studio 1, London, December 17, 2013 - extended to March 22, 2014Editor's Note: This production runs at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, April 5 - May 3, 2015.Little wonder that...
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JDX-A Public Enemy
January 8 - 16, 2014Public Theatre, New York CityAs a part of the 2014 "Under the Radar" Festival, devoted to the presentation of experimental work from the United States and abroad, this year the Antwerp company tg STAN presented JDX, their version...
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Hedda Gabler
The Royal Theatre, CopenhagenSeptember 24, 2014 - January 29, 2015The old cliché of Hedda Gabler as a poisonous snake in human disguise is thoroughly rejected by Rune David Grue's new Hedda Gabler at the Royal. Hedda, Grue claims in an interview, is...
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Brand
Ibsen Fest, The Commonweal Theatre, Lanesboro, MinnesotaApril 4 - June 13, 2014The publication of Brand in 1866 was Ibsen's first claim to fame in most of Europe, "though unfortunately it is little known in America-at any rate among theatergoers," wrote...
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A Doll's House
The New Vic, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Harvey TheaterFebruary 21 - March 16, 2014This New Vic production, which got raves in the West End, at the Duke of York's, in 2012, was greeted in New York in 2014 with equal enthusiasm. Both Ben Brantley, in the...
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Survey of Articles on Ibsen: 2013
Editor's Note: This survey systematically reviews articles in English on Ibsen in refereed journals. Edited conference proceedings may also be reviewed or noted. The following abbreviations are used in the reviews below: IS {Ibsen Studies)-, MD {Modern...
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A Master Builder
André Gregory and Wallace ShawnDirected by Jonathan DemmeReleased in July, 2014 by AbramovanaIn a recent interview with Gregory, Shawn, and Demme, on Radio WNYC's "The Leonard Lopate Show," Shawn explained to Lopate that he and Gregory decided to tackle...
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In Memoriam: Philip E. Larson, 1941-2013
Philip was a longstanding and devoted member of the ISA who contributed to Ibsen conferences in the United States and abroad and to INC. His passion was Ibsen's early years in Skien and Grimstad. He devoted many years of research to this subject, and...
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Vol. 32, 2012

Editor's Column: Two World Premieres of Emperor and Galilean, Updating Hedda, and Post-Modern Ibsen Productions
Ibsen's epic Emperor and Galilean (1873) had to wait twenty-three years for its premiere, in Leipzig, in 1896, and it has been staged very rarely since. Still, given Ibsen's continuing high status in England, where his plays have always been staged with...
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An Enemy of the People
Manhattan Theatre Club, Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, ManhattanSeptember 27 - November 10,2012One of the most striking features of the plays of Ibsen's middle period is the power with which they address major social issues, a feature which of course attracted...
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Emperor and Galilean
Torn Space Theatre, Buffalo, New York, March 1-21,2012Although Ibsen is famously reported to have remarked on several occasions that Emperor and Galilean was his major work, this epic drama has never developed a significant stage history, as have his...
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A Cross-Dressed Doll House
Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral, Santiago, ChileJune - August 2012Ibsen is not nearly so frequently represented on Chilean stages as he is in neighboring Argentina. In the new century I was able to find records of only two productions in Santiago, a...
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Hedda Gabler
The Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, CanadaJuly 28 - September 29, 2012Hedda Gabler was certainly welcome, perhaps even overdue, at the 2012 Shaw Festival- "The Shaw"-which is devoted in its non-Shaw selection mostly to plays from Shaw's own period....
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A Tale of Two Hedda Gablers
A Tale of Two Hedda Gablers The Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the Lake, July 28-September 29,2012 The Old Vic Theatre, London, September 12-November 10,2012Perhaps "A Tale of Two Judge Bracks" would a better title for this review. But first, as financial...
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Ghosts
The Royal Theatre, Copenhagen December 2011 - February 2012The Royal Theater in Copenhagen is undergoing a financial and administrative crisis. In the midst of its dire straits, it has chosen to showcase German director Michael Thalheimer's powerful...
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Ibsen in Berlin
John Gabriel Borkman and An Enemy of the People, Theatertreffen, May, 2012A Doll House, Maxim Gorki Theatre, May 4 - 21,2012The situation of professional productions of Ibsen is today totally different in America and Germany, and neither tradition can...
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Survey of Articles on Ibsen, 2011
Abbreviations: IS (Ibsen Studies)', CD (Comparative Drama)', MLR {Modern Language Review)', Global Ibsen (Global Ibsen: Performing Multiple Modernities, ed. Erika Fischer-Lichte, Barbara Gronau, Christel Weiler. New York: Routledge, 2011. 292 pages....
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