EXCERPTS FROM THE REVIEW
The following are excerpts from the April 7, 2015 Baltimore Sun Review of Ghosts by Tim Smith
One of the spirits that haunts Henrik Ibsen's "Ghosts" is a little less scary than it would have been before the discovery of penicillin. There is still no sure cure for the others.
Everyman Theatre's sensitive, richly atmospheric production makes it easy to appreciate the original edge of an 1882 family drama that involves the specter of venereal disease, a topic not even hinted at in polite society, let alone onstage, before Ibsen dared.
Directed with a knowing touch by Donald Hicken, the staging also underlines issues of love, marital fidelity, duty and lifestyle that the playwright addressed or challenged. As much as we may think we're removed from late-19th-century mores and expectations, awfully stubborn vestiges remain.
Gavigan, looking like he could have stepped out of a vintage production of "La Boheme" (David Burdick designed the evocative costumes), is a persuasive Osvald, making even the more poetically ripe lines sound natural.
Whalen nails the role of the terribly preachy preacher, whose views on women and marriage sound all the more jarring given how they echo in some places to this day (the night I attended, several audience members practically talked back to him).
Bruce Randolph Nelson is in fine form as Jacob Engstrand, a crusty, crafty laborer with ties to the Alving household. And Sophie Hindenberger is effective as Jacob's slyly calculating daughter Regina.
Daniel Ettinger's beautifully appointed scenic design, complete with rainfall, provides a perfect platform for the interlocking issues in "Ghosts" to materialize.