Theater: Up the Fjord

GHOSTS by Henrik Ibsen

The shades that stalk this play are the primal spirits of guilt and corruption, blinding faith and annihilating morality. Fate is the conjurer that commands them all to appear, but it is the blameful black magic of repression that sets them free to destroy. Most tragedies are about the fall from grace, but Ibsen, in Ghosts, wrote about something rather different and, for its time (1881), revolutionary: the absence of grace, the force of destiny when truth is hidden.

Only imagination is needed, and a concentration of spirit, to make Ibsen's great dramas burst into bright flame. This...

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