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Ibsen’s 'Ghosts' at Good Luck Macbeth Theatre
by Tribune Staff
Apr 10, 2013 | 2318 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Company presents the Victorian era drama, "Ghosts," by Henrik Ibsen, opening April 26 and running until May 12 with a special Pay What You Can performance on May 2 and a Happy Hour Theatre Club performance on May 3. This production features Kristina Harris as Mrs. Alving, Zachary Bortot as Oswald, Blair Anthony as Pastor Manders, Rebekah Bortot as Regina, and Brian Ault as Engstand. Jim Bernardi, a retired professor of theatre from UNR and co-founder of the Nevada Repertory Company, will direct and provide the scene design.

Incest, adultery, venereal disease, euthanasia—as contentious as those topics may seem today one can only imagine how incendiary they were back in 1881 when Ibsen wrote "Ghosts," one of the masterpieces of modern drama. Challenging convention and contemporary thinking, Ibsen explores the hypocrisy and duplicity of Victorian era values—values that are still debated today. Mrs. Alving, many years earlier trapped in a poisonous marriage, decides not to leave her husband when in her heart she knows she should. The result of that decision has consequences far beyond anything she might have imagined.

After Shakespeare, Henrik Ibsen is the most produced playwright in the world. In many ways, "Ghosts" can be viewed as a sequel to his most famous work, "A Doll’s House," because it too examines a dysfunctional marriage and society’s response to the value of staying in that marriage. Ibsen has long been viewed as a premiere writer of women’s roles and an early advocate for women’s rights.

To find out more or to purchase tickets, visit GLM on the web at www.goodluckmacbeth.org or call 322-3716.
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