From left, Finley Vaniman, Randall Duk Kim, Chris Kolwicz, Nick Bettens and Michael Gabriel Goodfriend
HACKETTSTOWN — Critics and audiences are raving about Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People at Centenary Stage Company, which continues its run now through March 3 in the Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center. Adapted by John Alan Wyatt and directed by Anne Occhiogrosso, the production stars Randall Duk Kim as Doctor Thomas Stockmann. The full-scale production marks the culmination of the 2018 Gates Ferry Lecture Series: “What is Truth?” With ripped-from-the-headlines relevance, this high intensity drama is a powerful investigation of ambition, integrity and the price we pay for truth. Originally published in 1882, An Enemy of the People concerns the actions of Doctor Thomas Stockmann, a medical officer charged with inspecting the public baths on which the prosperity of his native town depends. He finds the water to be contaminated. When he refuses to be silenced, he is declared an enemy of the people. Stockmann served as a spokesman for Ibsen, who felt that his plays gave a true, if not always palatable, picture of life and that truth was more important than critical approbation. “I first directed Enemy 30 years ago and Randall played Dr. Stockmann," Occhiogrosso said. "Simply put I love the challenge of bringing Ibsen to life on the stage again and Randall is ecstatic to be able to invite the unpredictable and lively Dr. Stockmann into his imagination once more. Ibsen’s voice is so needed today as we struggle with environmental crisis, women’s rights, economic inequality, political division and our very ideas of truth and justice.” An Enemy of the People continues its run now through March 3 in the Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center. Remaining performances are Friday, March 1, at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, March 2 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, March 3, at 2 p.m.; and Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults for matinee performances, $27.50 for adults on Friday evenings and $29.50 for adults on Saturday evenings. Thursday evening performances are $27.50 for all seats with a buy-one-get-one free rush ticket special. Centenary Stage Company also offers a buffet matinee special for Wednesday matinee performances at $42.50 per patron. Buffet matinees include admission to the performance and private dinning for groups of 25–50. Reservations required. Call the Centenary Stage Company box office directly at (908) 979–0900 to reserve.