Monday, May 18, 2015

An Enemy Of The People

The Bristol Riverside Theatre is presenting Henrik Ibsen’s classic AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE  through May 31. Along with a talented ensemble of 9 professional actors, the cast is comprised of 35 members of the local community. Most have had previous acting experience, but for some, it is their first time on a professional stage. Everyone’s performance is professional, however. The production is supported in part by a generous grant from Peco as well as an award from The National Endowment for the Arts. Brian Drillinger gives a first-rate performance as the stubborn and stodgy mayor of the town who would do anything to protect the town’s main industry….the baths as a source for tourism. It is Kevin Bergen’s portrayal as his brother, Doctor Thomas Stockmann, however, whose performance takes your breath away. Originally much admired and a pillar of the community, Doctor Stockman has discovered toxic properties in the baths and begins a campaign to inform the townspeople.  When his brother gets everyone to believe that he is acting against the town’s best interest, things get interesting. Bergen's performance is outstanding as he rattles off a series of soliloquys in his effort to remain true to himself; his reputation and livelihood be damned.  Also giving a stellar performance is Laura Giknis as Doctor Stockmann’s daughter Petra.  For more information or tickets, call 215-785-0100 or visit online at 

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