Picks and Pans Review: An Enemy of the People
updated 06/18/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 06/18/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Playwright Arthur Miller has adapted Henrik Ibsen's tragedy of moral cowardice for American Playhouse, transplanting the drama from Norway to a small town in Maine in 1893. John Glover plays an idealistic doctor and scientist who discovers that an upriver tannery has infected the local hot springs. The townspeople are counting on the opening of a spa to spur the local economy. When, over the strong protestations of his brother, the Mayor (George Grizzard), Glover tries to make his findings known, he becomes a pariah.
Maybe Mel Gibson playing Hamlet can stimulate interest in the classics, but I don't think this dusty, bombastic production will turn the same trick. It doesn't help that Glover is so ingenuous and incandescent as to seem addled.