Volume 34 – Complete PDF

The complete Ibsen News & Comment Volume 34. Published in 2015, it examines the activities of 2014.

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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. (joan.templeton8@gmail.com)

Get. Ibsen. Fast.

My title comes from William Grimes’ column “Get. Arts. Fast” in the March 21, 2014 New York Times. Grimes’ subject is the current mania for short performances that is sweeping the New York arts world. (more…)

Stage: Ghosts (London)

Almeida Theatre; London; September 26 – November 23, 2013
Trafalgar Studio 1, London, December 17, 2013 – March 22, 2014

Editor’s Note: This production runs at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, April 5 – May 3, 2015.

Little wonder that Richard Eyre’s production of Ghosts transferred after a virtually sold-out run at London’s Almeida theatre to an open engagement in the West End in December. Rarely in recent years has a classic revival in London opened to such unanimous and unqualified praise from the leading critics.

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Stage: A Public Enemy (NYC)

JDX—A Public Enemy
Public Theatre; New York City; January 8 – 16, 2014

As 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 of Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People. For audience members already familiar with the general approach of this well-known European group, the production offered few surprises.

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Stage: Hedda Gabler (Copenhagen)

The Royal Theatre; Copenhagen; September 24, 2014 – January 29, 2015

The 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 basically an admirable dreamer.

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Stage: Brand (Commonweal)

Ibsen Fest/The Commonweal Theatre; Lanesboro, Minnesota; April 4 – June 13, 2014

The 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 Harold Clurman in his 1977 Ibsen biography for the Masters of World Literature Series. Nonetheless, Clurman testifies to the play’s enduring impact:

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Stage: A Doll’s House

The New Vic/BAM Harvey Theater; Brooklyn; February 21 – March 16, 2014

This 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.

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Survey of Articles 2013

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 Drama), SS (Scandinavian Studies).

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