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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. 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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