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Henrik Ibsen

First Nighter: The Public Theater's Under the Radar Plusses and Minuses

David Finkle | Posted 03.22.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

The annual event -- this is the 10th year -- is supposed to focus on the new and experimental. Maybe yes, maybe no, but certainly there are helpful hints about whom and what to look for in the future and about whom and what to take a wait-and-see position.

On the Culture Front: Marina Abramovic, an Evening With Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman, Ibsen Reimagined and More

Chris Kompanek | Posted 02.16.2014 | New York
Chris Kompanek

There's no one quite as original as Marina Abramovic, an artist who defies categorization and pushes the limits of what art can be and what the audience and performer can both endure.

New Tricks for an Old Dog: Ibsen from Berlin's Schaubühne

John Branch | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
John Branch

One evening in early November, the BAM Harvey Theater in New York City resounded to an electric guitar, a few American pop-rock songs including Bowie's 'Changes,' and the splat of paint-filled balloons hurled against the walls of the set.

Codependent Yes More

Francis Levy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
Francis Levy

Melody Beattie's Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring For Yourself is one of the bibles of the recovery movement and...

A Strindberg Rarity -- Mr. Bengt's Wife -- An Answer to Ibsen's A Doll's House?

Melody Breyer-Grell | Posted 11.19.2013 | Arts
Melody Breyer-Grell

Mr. Bengt's Wife, in its American premiere treated me to an insightful view of the master in his early development. A no-holds-barred tale of hysteria, gender expectations and personal redemption, it is the mirror opposite of the mature and organized Ibsen's A Doll's House.

Ghosts, Expo Arts Center, Long Beach

James Scarborough | Posted 10.31.2013 | Arts
James Scarborough

Ghosts is neither supernatural nor scary. There are no chains that rattle in the middle of the night to scare the bejeezus out of the characters or the audience. In fact, it's almost unbearably human in its portrayal of the secrets behind a superficially respectable family.

John Tuturro's Master Class in The Master Builder

Thane Rosenbaum | Posted 08.03.2013 | New York
Thane Rosenbaum

It's quite a feat to pull off gloomy Henrik Ibsen in hipster Brooklyn, but that's precisely what takes place at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's (BAM) production of Ibsen's The Master Builder, starring one of the borough's favorite sons, the always-versatile John Turturro.

First Nighter: "The Master Builder" Slightly Less Than Masterful, "Murder Ballad" Kills

David Finkle | Posted 07.22.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

Santo Loquasto's set at BAM's Harvey for Henrik Ibsen's undoubtedly most challenging, yet ultimately intriguing, play, The Master Builder, is one of t...

Notes on London Theater

Carla Seaquist | Posted 07.18.2013 | Arts
Carla Seaquist

As a playwright, I relish the abundance of serious drama on offer in what many consider the theater capital of the world; I also admire how seriously Londoners take their theater.

"Is Humanity Suicidal?"

Lyric Hughes Hale | Posted 01.30.2013 | Green
Lyric Hughes Hale

Despite the evidence of climate change that is all around us, why don't we change our personal behaviors, and our public policies?

'An Enemy of the People' -- Henrik Ibsen and Modern-Day Politics

Carey Purcell | Posted 12.10.2012 | Arts
Carey Purcell

Its overall impact is a solemn one, weighed with the somber recognition that when it comes to political corruption and public knowledge, not that much has changed in the past 100 years.

'An Enemy of the People' on Broadway

Kevin Sessums | Posted 12.03.2012 | Entertainment
Kevin Sessums

In this season of American politics it was especially engaging to witness Ibsen's political engagement of some of the same arguments we are still having in the 21st century -- the tyranny of the majority, and even the morality of trickle-down economics.

Couple Together In Life And Onstage

AP | By MARK KENNEDY | Posted 09.11.2012 | Arts

NEW YORK -- Few people should be able to accuse Boyd Gaines and Kathleen McNenny of not having any onstage chemistry. That's because it's undeniable i...

German Composer Heiner Goebbels Wins Ibsen Prize

AP | Posted 03.20.2012 | Arts

OSLO, Norway -- German composer and music director Heiner Goebbels has won the International Ibsen Award for creating new insights in theater that hav...

First Nighter: Ibsen's John Gabriel Borkman Unleashes Acting Blizzard

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
David Finkle

John Gabriel Borkman is one of the rarely revived Ibsen works, which may be a reason to see it now. On the other hand, this treatment won't serve as a strong argument for its being brought back more often.