I read Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People for the first time a couple of years ago, and it immediately became my favorite Ibsen play. It moves at an exciting clip, and has many comic moments – unusual for the usually highly serious Norwegian playwright. Plus, while Ibsen was often ahead of his time, he was unusually prescient here, shedding an uncompromising light on the dangers of pollution and how money and mediocrity can rapidly corrupt a democracy – sound familiar?
Dr. Thomas Stockmann (played by four time-Tony-winner Boyd Gaines in a nomination-worthy performance) discovers high levels of toxins in the water used in his town’s widely-renowned spa. But since the baths are the town’s main source of revenue, the powers that be array themselves against him with terrifying rapidity.
The dialogue in Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s adaptation is particularly salty – though I wouldn’t be at all surprised if this is truer to Ibsen’s original, since sensibilities weren’t as uptight in 1882 Norway as they were in Victorian England. Certainly, she has more than successfully captured the sharp satirical spirit and almost delirious energy of the play. Stockmann is delighted one minute and devastated the next several times throughout the play. This tragicomedy turns on a dime and just keeps on turning; Lenkiewicz and Gaines both successfully delineate the good Doctor’s roller-coaster ride through controversy in an exciting, compelling way
Director Doug Hughes has turned up the volume on the passion of both the Doctor and the authorities opposing him; Richard Thomas is especially strong as Stockmann’s main opponent (his brother Peter, who also happens to be mayor). I really do love this play, which I can’t say for all of Ibsen, and I am really very satisfied with this production. Highly recommended!
The latest incarnation of the legendarily troubled musical by Michael Gore and Dean Pitchford is the first to receive a proper cast recording, and like the new Off-Broadway production the CD is an entertaining mixed bag, modestly tuneful and just bit campy, with flashes of truly grand music-drama. Its infamous 1988 Broadway run reportedly had some of the worst problems of tone and taste, in any art form, ever. This CD probably represents Gore and Pitchford’s vision for the show better than either production. In the singing department, Molly Ranson as Carrie can musically stand up to Marin Mazzie as Carrie’s hyper-religious mother Margaret – that’s a very good thing, since it is the scenes and songs shared by those two characters that have always been the best thing about Carrie. Mazzie roaring and wailing her way through those songs is certainly the best thing here.
GaySocialites.com has learned that Sahara Davenport, a contestant on Season Two of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” has died. This story is still developing and our team of reporters is trying to uncover details as of late Monday evening.
Davenport, whose real name is Antoine Ashley, died of causes yet to be released on or around October 1, 2012. He was 27 years old.
The New York City drag perfomer and makeup artist was reportedly romantically linked to another contestant on the LOGO reality show who performs as Manila Luzon.
Alana Thompson, better known to television audiences as Honey Boo Boo Child, has a message for us all: “Ain’t nothin’ wrong with being gay, everybody’s a little gay.” Her declaration came on the season finale of TLC’s Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, but Jimmy Kimmel is turning it into a viral hit after auto-tuning it.
It really is a clever little ditty, and GaySocialites.com is going to make a declaration of our own that this will be the Gay Pride Anthem of 2013. You just wait…
Is Hillary Duff allowed to gain weight within the scope of celebrity rules? Can a series of Sarah Michelle Gellar soundbites successfully place an order to Amazon.com in this week’s prank call segment? Midnight Mayhem answers all of these questions this week, welcoming guest and nightlife vocalist and performer Reymundo Santiago.
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